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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 13, 2016
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Jonathan Burman or Jeanne Beattie

(518) 474-1201

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Statement from State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia on Orlando Shooting

Chancellor Rosa opened today’s meeting of the Board of Regents by observing – with a moment of silence – the unspeakable tragedy that took place in Orlando over the weekend. These senseless killings remind us that as parents and teachers alike we must teach our children about the importance of respecting all people. As Dr. King said so beautifully, “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”