“I’m a teacher, I’m an educator and I’m not a politician,” Elia told reporters Thursday. (Video was provided by WGRZ.) “I understand the difference in those roles. I want to work very productively with the legislators and with the governor to improve what’s happening every day for the kids in the classrooms in New York state.”
She continued: “That’s going to be my goal and I anticipate that children will win out and it will be certainly my intent to have children win in the whole process of education in New York.”
Speaking to reporters Thursday, Elia said she intends to involve parents and teachers in the conversations over education policy. Thousands of parents opted their children out of state standardized tests the past two years as a form of protest over the Common Core and what they see as the state’s over-reliance on testing.
“My plan would be to No. 1 go out and get feedback through various ways to find out exactly what parents are concerned about so we can address those issues and get understanding to them,” Elia said. “But also to have an ongoing kind of opportunity to have parents to be part of the conversations. I think that’s a really critical part.”
Let's say Elia has that conversation with parents and what she hears conflicts with what she thinks it will take, as an "educator," to "have children win in the whole process of education in New York."
What does she do then?
Her track record in Florida shows her to be a big fan of high stakes standardized tests and Common Core standards
If she has honest conversations with parents around the state, she is going to hear many say they want an end to high stakes standardized testing and Common Core-driven classroom instruction.
Want to bet she ignores those parent conversations and goes with her own policies?