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Turnover at the top
October 18, 2019
Yet another top departure in Albany: New York’s interim education commissioner is leaving
“There were challenges in trying to find balance between my personal and professional life,” Berlin wrote in a letter to state education officials.
July 15, 2019
In a surprising move, MaryEllen Elia, New York’s top education official, will step down
Elia told the Board of Regents on Monday that this month’s meeting would be her last. She did not publicly state her reason for resigning.
NY teachers union, state officials decry computer-based testing snafus — but see different solutions
The state teachers union rallied Monday for support to end computer-based state assessments after another set of glitches muddied reading exams last week…
February 6, 2019
In first legislative testimony, Carranza decries Cuomo’s proposed school funding formula
Chancellor Richard Carranza said Wednesday Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pitch for a new state education funding formula would harm a majority of New York…
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New York City graduation rate ticks up to 76 percent in 2018
City graduation rates improved at a higher rate than the state overall, which rose from 80.2 to 80.4 percent.
November 20, 2018
As Yeshiva probe heats up, state issues guidance for reviewing nonpublic schools
The state education department released long-awaited guidance Tuesday on the process that local authorities must follow to determine whether nonpublic and religious schools, including yeshivas,…
Teaching & Classroom
November 5, 2018
State education officials signal extension of moratorium on teacher evaluations tied to state tests
Officials want to use an extension to continue speaking with teachers, principals and advocates about the evaluation system, which has long been a politically charged issue in the state.
September 17, 2018
Regents support a new way of evaluating charter schools and soften penalties for schools with high opt-out rates
Here’s what you need to know about the new policies that the state’s Board of Regents set in motion.
September 14, 2018
New York officials soften potential penalties for schools where many students opt out of tests
Under the initial rules, districts that had high opt-out rates for five years could have to set aside Title I funding, which is earmarked for high-poverty schools.
May 7, 2018
Teacher evaluation fight spills into New York’s Board of Regents meeting
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and certain board members appeared split over whether to express enthusiasm for the bill.
what is a good school?
October 17, 2017
New York policymakers are taking a closer look at how they evaluate charter schools
A set of changes are now being considered would add other metrics to charter school evaluations— including school “climate,” such as attendance and student surveys.
August 16, 2017
State ed officials rip into ‘insulting’ SUNY charter proposal and ‘outrageous’ Success Academy chair
Here are some of the most charged moments of a panel with State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa.
April 25, 2017
In meeting with Betsy DeVos, New York’s education commissioner pushes back on Trump budget
Elia capitalized on her Monday meeting with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos by discussing the “devastating impact” President Trump’s proposed budget.
coming from the mountains
February 10, 2017
Are New York City’s dropout and grad rates for English learners as bad as they look?
The 5.5 percent increase in the dropout rate represents fewer than 90 students.
November 14, 2016
New York state officials announce there will be no changes to state exams until 2019
State officials announced they will not make major changes to state assessments for two years, a decision that may not be popular with parents who boycotted the tests.
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