State education leaders visit Buffalo to address critical education issues

State School Boards Association convention expected to draw 2000 educators to region

FOR RELEASE: October 17, 2016

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa and nearly 2000 school board members will be in Buffalo next week to address such topics as educational inequities, bullying, drug abuse and other issues facing New York’s schools.

The discussions will take place at the New York State School Boards Association’s Convention on October 27 to 29 at the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center.

On Friday, October 28, New York Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will discuss state learning standards, high-stakes testing, teacher and principal evaluations, closing the achievement gap and other critical topics. 

Also on Friday, Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa will participate in a roundtable discussion on equity in education. Joining Rosa on the panel will be Buffalo Board of Education President Barbara Nevergold, Buffalo-area Assembly member Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Say Yes to Education Buffalo Executive Director David Rust, among others.

On Thursday, October 27, school leaders will address topics such as bullying, drug abuse, and child abuse investigations at the annual pre-convention school law seminar. Former Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy will participate in a communications workshop on public speaking, and representatives of the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse will lead a session entitled “Combating Heroin and Prescription Opioids.” 

Thursday evening, keynote speaker David Pogue will address school board members on the topic of “Why is America failing science?” Pogue, the founder of Yahoo Tech, was the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times for 13 years. He’s also a monthly columnist for Scientific American, host of science shows on PBS’s “NOVA” and a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning.”

Musical groups from several Western New York school districts will perform throughout the event. Groups include the Maine-Endwell High School Women’s Chorus, the Niagara Wheatfield School District Tuscarora Dancers, and the Clarence School District 7th Grade Orchestra.

For the full schedule, please visit our website at


Editor’s note: NYSSBA welcomes media coverage of the Convention. If you anticipate attending, please contact Communications Manager Al Marlin at 518 527-6933, so we can have credentials and press packets waiting at the registration area.


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