NYSED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia

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The New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia announced Monday afternoon that she will resign, effective Aug. 31.

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July 1 marks one year of New York State’s first-in-the-country mandate that schools incorporate mental health into K-12 health education. Officials and educators told WBFO the new law has created an environment in which schools and teachers can experiment, and that one Western New York school district has emerged as a standout.


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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is speaking out against a proposal to use federal dollars to buy guns for educators. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley got reaction when Commissioner Elia appeared in Buffalo Friday. 

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Proposed changes are in the works for New York State's ELA and Math  Common Core Learning Standards. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the State Education Department issued the proposed Common Core changes at every grade level,-from pre-school through 12th grade Wednesday.  

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Two of the state's top education leaders appeared at the University at Buffalo Tuesday. It was one of four stops on a state-wide 'listen tour' to promote the TeachNY initiative. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the discussion center around a teacher shortage. 


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As the so-called 'opt out' movement is expected to rev up with next week's English Arts Assessment, one Buffalo Public school is encouraging students to take the tests. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley talked to the principal at West Hertel Academy. 

West Hertel Academy boosts attendance

Mar 31, 2016
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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia visited West Hertel Academy in Buffalo Thursday morning. Elia is traveling to school districts to explaining changes to state assessments, encourages students and parents not to opt out.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley followed Elia during her stop at West Hertel Academy.

NYSED launches online Common Core survey

Oct 26, 2015
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The New York  State Education Department is looking for public input on the Common Core Learning Standards. It has launched an online survey. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says it allows comment on both the ELA and Math standards.

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia appeared on the Daemen College campus in Amherst Thursday Distinguished Lecture series.

State Education Commissioner to speak at Daemen

Oct 13, 2015
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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will be speaking at Daemen College in Amherst next week for the college's Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series. 

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New State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia reassured some local parents that a full review on Common Core tests is underway.