New York – State Information

MEA President: David Brown
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Lori Orestano-James
ALF Member Email:

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/6/2021


Cross-Over Deadline None
Budget Deadline None
Introduction Deadlines None
Governor Andrew Cuomo (D)
Education Committee Chairs

Assembly: CHAIR: Asm. Michael R. Benedetto (D)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Shelley B. Mayer (D)

Partisan Split House: D      Senate: D
House Clerk Contact 518-455-4242
Senate Secretary Contact 518-455-2051
Carryover to 2022 Yes

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Jason Harmon, Director, Title I School and Community Services
Title IV Director Not Found
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds None listed. Appears to be school year based, so likely due in


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

NY Music PK-12 Initial (5-year)
Professional (5-year)
None Content Specialty Test (CST)
New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE)
Educating All Students (EAS) EdTPA Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework; Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention, Child Abuse Identification, Dignity For All Students Act $50 based on completion of a New York State approved program
$100 using all other pathways.
$101.75 fingerprinting
Yes June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing

Districts in regions of the state that are in Phase 4 can plan to open if the COVID-19 infection rate is below 5 percent over a 14-day average. School systems will have to follow state guidelines, but the specifics of the plans will be up to the districts.

Title IV Success Stories

The funds below were allocated during the 2017-2018 school year.

Title IV-A funds were utilized by Solvay Union Free School District to support a well-rounded education- specifically musical instruments to improve access to our instrumental music program for students and families that cannot afford to purchase or rent instruments at the 4th-12th grade levels.

Title IV-A funds were utilized by Rochester City School District for professional development, and to purchase instruments, art equipment and culturally relevant curriculum writing. Due to this funding students will be receiving culturally relevant instruction in the arts that includes additional elective opportunities and more hands-on learning.