PRESS STATEMENT: AQE Welcomes New Commissioner MaryEllen Elia

PRESS STATEMENT: AQE Welcomes New Commissioner MaryEllen Elia

May 26, 2015 Legislative & Political Updates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Wendy Liberatore, Statewide Communications Coordinator
518-432-5315, ext. 102 or 518-491-0454
wendy@aqeny.org

ALBANY (May 26, 2015) –

Statement of Billy Easton, Executive Director

“The Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) would like to congratulate the newly appointed New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. One thing is clear, for any Commissioner to succeed in New York State they will need to listen to parents and treat them as partners in public education. No skill will be more important for Commissioner Elia than the ability to work with parents. Collaboration with parents is vital to improving struggling schools, promoting educational equity, addressing the over emphasis on high stakes testing, and increasing charter school accountability. She comes from a large and diverse school district that contains urban, suburban and rural schools we hope this experience will equip here to support the many and diverse needs of New York’s 2.7 million students. We look forward to working with Commissioner Elia and we welcome her back to New York State.”

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