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LaValle to Community Colleges: Allow Greater Access to Vocational Training to Prevent Failure, Frustration and Students’ Dropping Out.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, chair of the State Senate’s Higher Education Committee, said today that the State’s Community Colleges need to better identify which students are better suited for a vocational rather than an academic track which would save students’ money and time and ensure their continued enrollment and eventual graduation.

“Our community colleges need to provide greater access to vocational training,” Senator LaValle said, “which in turn would prevent students who are currently in remedial courses and failing, the opportunity to pursue a course of study more suited to them.”

February 3, 2012
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LaValle Urges Education Leaders to Open Dialogue About Remediation

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson), chairman of the New York State  Senate’s Higher Education Committee,  said today that he is urging the heads of The New York City School System, SUNY, CUNY, The Board of Regents and Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities to open a public dialogue about remediation and students who come to college lacking the academic skills they need to survive in higher education.

LaValle said the problem of remediation is widespread in the State and that remedial courses are expensive. LaValle said that if the heads of the organizations don’t come together to open the discussion, he will call the meeting.

February 1, 2012
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Public Hearing: Policies and Procedures Pertaining to the Security of the SAT and Standardized Tests

Senate Standing Committee on Higher EducationChair: Senator Kenneth P. LaVallePublic Hearing: A follow-up to the October public hearing that examined policies and procedures pertaining to the security of the SAT and standardized tests in response to the ongoing criminal investigation that has uncovered a wide-ranging cheating scandalPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.Contact: Nicole Stewart (518) 455-3121Media Contact: Drew Biondo (631) 473-1461ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

January 24, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Higher Education"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Higher Education

February 1, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 1:30 PM, Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Room 807 LOB

January 18, 1:30 PM - 1:34 PM
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Room 807 LOB

January 10, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
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LaValle to Amend Law: Children of Police and Firefighters Who Die in The line of Duty to Get SUNY/CUNY Education for Free.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that he will introduce a bill to amend the New York State Education Law to provide the children of a police officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty with an annual award equal to the State University of New York undergraduate tuition for New York State residents, including the cost of room and board. Senator LaValle’s bill will amend New York State Education Law that previously provided a $450 award in such cases.

“This show of financial support will in no way compensate for a family’s loss,” Senator LaValle said, “rather, it  represents the appreciation, respect and support of a grateful citizenry.”

January 5, 2012
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Public Hearing: To examine alternative project delivery methods

Senate Standing Committee on Higher EducationChair: Senator Kenneth P. LaVallePublic Hearing: To examine alternative project delivery methodsPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New York Time: 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.Contact: Nicole Stewart (518) 455-3121Media Contact: Drew Biondo (631) 473-1461ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

January 9, 12:00 PM - 1:14 PM
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