NY state education commissioner to resign

July 15, 2019 06:47 PM

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is resigning.

Elia made the announcement in a letter to the Chancellor and Board of Regents. She told reporters Monday afternoon that she's leaving to pursue an opportunity that will allow her to work with educators on a national level.


The resignation takes effect Aug. 31.

"I have an opportunity right now. I'm very excited about that opportunity. It plays to the things that I have most experience in and the work that I want to continue doing and it's beyond New York State," said Elia.

Elia says she will be working with a national firm, helping districts all across the country succeed.

Elia has been education commissioner for four years.

MORE INFORMATION: Read MaryEllen Elia's full resignation letter here.

New York State United Teachers released the following statement:

"As Commissioner Elia's tenure comes to a close, we wish her well in her future endeavors. We look forward to engaging with the Board of Regents as the search for the next commissioner begins and ensuring that the voices of hundreds of thousands of educators across New York State are heard throughout the process. We look forward to working closely with the next commissioner to fix the broken state testing system for children in grades 3-8 and on our mission to cultivate the next generation of highly qualified, dedicated educators. Selecting a new commissioner with a deep background in public school classrooms will go a long way toward achieving these critical goals."


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