NYS Education Dept

Local leaders in education join us to share their reactions to topics we discussed with New York State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. In studio:

  • Van White, Rochester City School Board President
  • Adam Urbanski, Rochester Teachers Association President
  • Christopher Albrecht, fourth grade teacher at the Fred W. Hill School in Brockport, and New York State‚Äôs Teacher of the Year

New York State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia was in Rochester last week to learn about cultural education opportunities available to students in our area. As part of her visit, she joined us in studio to discuss her role as commissioner and the state of education in Rochester and New York State.

We discuss her decision to hire a distinguished educator for the Rochester City School District, her thoughts on teacher evaluations and standardized testing, how poverty and education intersect, Betsy DeVos, teacher shortages, and more.


The State Education Department has released results of the English and math tests for students in grades 3 through 8 from this past spring.

The Rochester City School District scored significantly below a number of other districts around the state.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia does note that because of changes made to the tests this year, it is somewhat hard to compare the numbers to last year.

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ALBANY (AP) New York's school business officials are looking for a $2.4 billion increase in school aid in next year's state budget.

The state Association of School Business Officials said in a report Monday that districts may not see increases in local revenues next year because the property tax cap will be around zero. The cap is tied to inflation.