Skip to main content


March 14, 2018
For More Information Contact:

JP O'Hare

(518) 474-1201



Statement by Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia on Today’s National School Walkout

“Earlier today, in a peaceful, yet powerful display of unity and civic engagement, students across New York State, and the nation, walked out of their classrooms to demand action on two of the most pressing issues of our time – ensuring school safety and stemming the tide of gun violence. This is a national movement; it is real; and it is being driven by our students. As educators, we often talk about ‘teachable moments.’ These young people, united in peaceful protest to demand action by our Congress on gun violence, are turning tragedy into a teachable moment for our federal lawmakers. We commend these students for their bold example of leadership in action and call on Congress and lawmakers across the nation to heed their voices.”