It's (almost) that time of the year again, back to school! I recently joined 103.9 WDKX and officials from the City of Rochester and the Rochester City School District for a Back to School rally. This was a great event, with tons of helpful information and even some free school supplies for parents and students as they get ready to start a new school year. Many thanks to WDKX for hosting this rally and for all that they do in our community.
With the new school year quickly approaching, I'd like to announce that I will once again be holding my Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive. From now until September 30, I will be collecting school supplies and backpacks to be donated to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet.
Please click the link below for more information. Thank you for your help on this project.
Senator Valesky stopped at the First Presbyterian Church in Chittenango to donate backpacks full of school supplies to the Chittenango Area Association of Churches school supplies drive held in August. Midge Daviau, chair of the school supplies drive, and her grandkids Aime and Tyler accepted the donation.
Funding to Benefit Central and Northern New York Schools
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $84,000 to help support music and arts programs in Central and Northern New York Schools.
“Often times, when schools are forced to make cuts it’s programs like music and art that are the first to go,” said Senator Ritchie.
“I know that these programs are an integral part of a child’s education; allowing them to develop and express their talents. I’m pleased to be able to provide this funding, which will go a long way towards ensuring that music and arts programs remain in our schools to offer students with the opportunities they deserve to learn and grow.”
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the Stony Brook University’s Freedom School to read with the children who participate in the summer enrichment program. The motivational project, which was the first of its kind on Long Island, is designed to generate positive attitudes toward learning.
Senator Flanagan was invited to join the children by Dr. Charles Robbins, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the Undergraduate Colleges.
Governor Cuomo Signs Law Requiring New York City School Construction Authority To Account for Population Growth in Planning New Schools
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senator Daniel Squadron announced today that legislation they sponsored to help address the severe overcrowding problem in New York City schools has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The law requires the city’s School Construction Authority (SCA) to collect population data and use this information in connection with the authority's five-year educational facilities capital plan (A.10108 / S.07873). It requires the SCA and the New York City schools chancellor to account for how future population growth might affect continued overcrowding.
BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced a $1.5 million dollar state grant he secured that will go toward the building of a new state-of-the art Seamanship Center at SUNY Maritime. The exciting announcement came as hundreds of students arrived back at Maritime from the summer sea term session on the training ship Empire State VI on Monday morning.
The Seamanship Center will be constructed on existing available area on the basin, specifically on the deepwater college pier. The new center will include nearly 4,000 square feet of classroom space to support the Marine Transportation curriculum. In addition the space is expected to serve as an in-service training location for active mariners - including members of the NYPD and FDNY.
Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and EntrepreneurshipChair: Senator Martin J. GoldenPublic Meeting: Follow up Roundtable to discuss Future in Computer and Video GameDevelopment in New YorkPlace: Marine Academic Center Rotunda, Kingsborough College,2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.Contact: Robert Herz (315) 243-6865Media Contact: Robert Herz (315) 243-6865
Senator Simcha FelderHosts Pre-K For AllTues. August 12thandWed. August 20th2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.1412 Avenue J on the 2nd floor.
Children who attend free, full-day, high-quality Pre-K learn to problem solve, ask questions, and work together. Children born in 2010 are still eligible to apply.For more information contact us: 718-253-2015
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new round of funding available to continue the nationally recognized P-TECH model, which prepares students for highly-skilled jobs by bringing together public school districts, major employers, and institutions of higher education. Through partnerships created by this program, high school students study under an industry aligned curriculum, earn an associate degree at no cost to their families, and are first in line for jobs with participating companies upon graduation.
Governor Signed Bill that Senator Kennedy Cosponsored to Expand and Clarify the Ranks of Mandated Reporters Looking out for Children in School and after School.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, today announced a new law that will increase the ranks of mandated reporters working in schools across the state. The legislation, which Senator Kennedy cosponsored, will expand and clarify the school officials required to report suspected child abuse by designating school coaches as mandated reporters. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed this bill into law today.
(BAYSIDE, Queens) On Tuesday, Senator Avella was joined by P.S. 133 Principal and Bellerose residents at a press conference to announce a $250,000 funding allocation to the Bellerose Playground, located directly behind the school.
ALBANY – Senator Joseph A. Griffo today outlined how he believes the state should use its net $4.2 billion windfall from five financial settlements, as outlined in Monday’s state Division of Budget financial report (link opens PDF).
“In the context of a $142 billion spending plan, these settlements won’t pay for everything,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “It’s important to maintain perspective and prioritize. Creating new programs and funding pet projects may make some lawmakers look good, but it’s not a good use of a one-time revenue.”
Every parent has a fundamental right to protect their child’s personal data and to choose what information is available and to whom. With that in mind, I was proud to support the creation of a “Parents’ Bill of Rights”.
As part of this year’s State Budget, the State Education Department (SED) was required to develop a "Parents' Bill of Rights" on the use and security of student data. The law was a direct result of strong parental opposition to the inBloom data cloud project. In addition to requiring the Bill of Rights, the law also forced SED to eliminate the plan to participate in the inBloom project.