MaryEllen Elia

MaryEllen Elia: Back To School

Oct 5, 2017


Another school year is well underway. Teachers, students and parents are getting comfortable with new classes, schedules and routines. It’s an exciting time of year.

NY State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia holds a meeting on the Every Students Succeeds Act in Plattsburg, New York.
Pat Bradley

Here it is, 2017, and we’re still talking about No Child Left Behind…and that was two presidents ago. Right now in New York State, they are working on the replacement to that Bush era initiative to the Obama era Every Student Succeeds Act.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, New York’s Education Commissioner hears from the public.

We’ll also hear from protesters who want a controversial local school board member kicked out…learn that self-awareness is important to get a head in the world…and we’ll spend an academic minute building a better bus route.

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia was in Plattsburgh Thursday to hold a public hearing on the state’s draft regulations to meet the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces No Child Left Behind.

A protestor From Buffalo displays an antti-Carl Paladino poster May 17, 2017 on the steps to the State Education Building In Albany.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Activists from Western New York demonstrated Wednesday at the New York State Education Department building in Albany. The group had hoped to confront the State Education Commissioner to demand Carl Paladino be kicked off the Buffalo Board of Education.  But MaryEllen Elia was out of town.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia (left) with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher
Pat Bradley/WAMC

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia were at SUNY Plattsburgh Friday afternoon to wrap up their statewide TeachNY listening tour.

MaryEllen Elia
Karen DeWitt

New York state’s education commissioner, MaryEllen Elia, says she’s fighting a proposal by her predecessor, now the federal education secretary, John King,  to punish schools with a high-opt out rate from the standardized tests.

MaryEllen Elia: Changes To NY Assessment Tests

Jun 16, 2016

  

Earlier this year, the state Board of Regents and I made changes to New York’s assessments and teacher evaluations, which I shared with WAMC listeners at the time. We made those changes in response to feedback we received from the people who are impacted by our actions and decisions.

MaryEllen Elia: Avoid Summer Brain Drain

May 24, 2016

As May draws to a close and the temperatures begin to heat up, many children are counting down the final days of this school year, ready for the fun and relaxation of summer vacation.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher
WAMC/Patrick Garrett

A new campaign to increase the quality and quantity of teachers in New York was announced on Wednesday by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. The initiative was launched to help encourage college enrollment in teaching professions.

MaryEllen Elia: Pathways To Graduation

Apr 14, 2016

In a few more weeks, another school year will start winding down. And, at the same time, tens of thousands of high school seniors will be gearing up for graduation day.

MaryEllen Elia: This Year's Assessment Tests

Mar 22, 2016

Next month, hundreds of thousands of students in grades 3 through 8 will sit down in their classrooms and take the New York State assessments.

MaryEllen Elia: Improving State Assessments

Feb 20, 2016

This summer, I returned to New York to take the job of State Education Commissioner. I was born, raised, and began my career here as a social studies teacher before moving to Florida in 1986. While in Florida, I continued teaching before moving onto administrative roles. I eventually became a school district superintendent.

The New York state education commissioner visited the troubled East Ramapo School District in Rockland County earlier this week. Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says she spent Wednesday alongside the interim superintendent and school board chair.

“And I went into multiple classrooms, talks to a number of teachers,” says Elia. “And we still have issues in East Ramapo and the state Ed Department is committed to addressing those issues. And I think we need to work out how we can do that and support the students of that area.”

Lucas Willard / WAMC

State education commissioner MaryEllen Elia made an appearance Thursday at the Early College Career Academy on the campus of SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, in southern Warren County.