Today it was announced that the NYS Board of Regents unanimously appointed MaryEllen Elia as the next Commissioner of Education of the Empire State. Currently a resident of the Sunshine State, Ms. Elia is no stranger to New York where she received her college education and taught social studies in the Buffalo area. Even though the next Commissioner will find the chillier temperatures and snowfall familiar (in fact, they may bring relief following the heat she felt in Florida) Opt Out CNY feels it’s appropriate to say, “Welcome Back!” and take a moment to help Ms. Elia learn more about the current education climate in New York.
We think the best way to greet our new Commissioner is to simply send her a copy of our 2016 Opt Out letters and encourage you to do the same.
Why? Until we get to see the new Commissioner at work for the children of New York State, there is only this certainty: parents will continue to opt out of standardized tests until they are written by NYS teachers, developmentally and pedagogically appropriate, and decoupled from teacher evaluations.