New York education officials draft concepts for new law

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York education officials are looking for feedback on several concepts being considered as the state prepares to implement the new federal education law.

Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says a "think tank" with representatives from school districts, unions, parent organizations and others met over the summer to compile ideas.

The 36 concepts outlined Monday include using chronic absenteeism and suspensions to measure student engagement and giving extra credit to schools whose students excel academically.

The department will solicit feedback during meetings to be held around the state in October and November.

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