Full speed ahead on reforminess.
Oh, and screw you if you don't like it.
Elia, who was nicknamed EVILia by some parents for her attitude toward special needs children, was divisive in her former gig in Hillsborough and was ultimately shown the door by the school board in a 4-3 vote.
Besides earning the ire of some parents, Elia has the reputation of creating a fear-based workplace, and retaliating against employees she considered enemies.
She also won $100K for her school district from the Gates Foundation by promising to fire the "bottom" 5% of teachers every year.
In short, she's John King on steroids.
Even today, she doubled down on reforminess, using the dog whistle language reformers so love to hear:
“Everything that happens for students happens in a classroom because of great teachers,” Elia said after her selection. “And I think the biggest thing we can all do is work to improve and support teachers to get better every day.”
Everything that happens for students in a classroom is because of great teachers?
What about great resources, a great curriculum, small class sizes, great district and school leadership?
Nope - only teachers matter.
That's reformy speak for "I'll be firing as many teachers as I can" - which is why StudentsFirstNY praised her today.
Elia also doubled down in support of the Common Core and testing:
At a press conference following her appointment Elia said she supports CommonCore and believes that with better communication, people will support testing and what it offers.
The Board of Regents voted unanimously to appoint Elia as NYSED commissioner.
That the regents chose so divisive a personage, somebody with the reputation of bullying subordinates and dismissing criticism from parents and employees in her time at Hillsborough, sends a very clear message to parents and teachers in New York State.
Your input on education policy is not wanted - it's full speed ahead on reforminess whether you like it or not.
The only response is here is a barrage of emails, calls and visits to legislators to let them know you ultimately hold them responsible for this appointment and you will make sure they pay a political price next election for supporting the Board of Regents in this decision.