Mary Ellen Elia

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
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The New York state education department has announced it made an error in the distribution of some federal funding that favored the state’s charter schools over public schools.

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A new poll finds that New Yorkers do not think Confederate statues and memorials should be taken down. And they believe the country is headed in the wrong direction under President Donald Trump.  

2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino will appear at hearing at the New York State Education Department in Albany on Thursday morning.  He’s accused of breaking the rules of an executive session of the board, and telling a local paper the details of confidential talks with the teachers union over a new contract.

Mary Ellen Elia
Karen DeWitt

New York State’s education commissioner Mary Ellen Elia spent nearly four hours before the legislative budget committees. Though there is a moment of calm as the state pulls back from some of the more controversial parts of the Common Core standards, her testimony revealed potential trouble later in the school year if the test boycott movement continues.

Elia Clarifies Position On Opting Out

Aug 31, 2015
NYS Ed Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
Karen DeWitt

New York State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia is clarifying her stand on the opt out movement in an interview with public radio and television. As Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports, 20 percent of children this year boycotted the tests associated with the Common Core learning standards.

Only A Third Of NY Students Pass Common Core Exams

Aug 12, 2015
NYS Ed Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
Karen DeWitt

State Education officials say there’s some improvement in the Common Core related Math and English tests taken by third through eighth graders this year, but admit that two thirds of the students who took the test are still, essentially, failing the exams.

Challenges Await For New State Ed Commissioner

Jul 14, 2015
Karen DeWitt

New York's new education commissioner has been on the job just over a week, and she’s been traveling the state on a listening tour to reach out to teachers, school boards and others who’ve been buffeted by an intense political climate during the most recent legislative session.  Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia attended a meeting of the Rural Schools Association in Cooperstown Monday.