Issues: Education

Mid-year freeze halts spending at area school

POSTED: 02/13/15, 8:31 AM EST 

WATERVILLE>> The Waterville Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution to freeze spending on Feb. 3.

In 2010-11, the Gap Elimination Adjustment cost the district $5.97 million in state funds. Since the 2007-08 school year, Waterville has seen a total aid loss of $15.23 million, putting the district in a difficult situation to plan for the future, said Superintendent Charles Chafee.

March 2, 2015
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Public Hearing: Mayoral Control – To examine the merits of extension in New York City and possible expansion to other areas of the state

Senate Standing Committee on EducationChair: Senator Simcha FelderPublic Hearing: Mayoral Control – To examine the merits of extension in New York City and possible expansion to other areas of the statePlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.Contact: Jay Bove (518) 455-2754Media Contact: Shlomo Himmel (718) 253-2015ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 6, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Mayoral Control – To examine the merits of extension in New York City and possible expansion to other areas of the state

Senate Standing Committee on EducationChair: Senator John J. FlanaganPublic Hearing: Mayoral Control – To examine the merits of extension in New York City and possible expansion to other areas of the statePlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.Contact: Robin Mueller (518) 455-2071Media Contact: Rob Caroppoli (631) 361-2154ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 6, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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State Senate Coalition releases disturbing report on dangerous sex offenders living near Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs in Westchester and Rockland Counties

State Senate Coalition urges Assembly to pass companion legislation to key Senate bills that strengthen protections for children against sex offenders

February 27, 2015
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All or Nothing

What You Should KnowBy State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz32nd Senatorial District(718) 991-3161All or NothingYou should know that this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo has linked the DREAM Act and the Education Investment Tax Credit in the same budget bill. If that budget bill passes, everybody wins - and if it doesn’t, then no one wins. It’s a classic "all or nothing" situation.

February 27, 2015
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO'S TEACHERS OF EXCELLENCE NOMINATION FORMS

Again this school year, I am taking part in the New York State Senate Teachers of Excellence award program. I am asking superintendents, principals, faculty members, and students to nominate an educator, who they feel is deserving of recognition for “Teacher of Excellence” Award. Teachers who are nominated should have a history of going above and beyond to inspire their students, as well as improving the quality of education in their classrooms, through innovative and exceptional teaching.

Nominations need to be returned to my office by April 1st. Once awardees have been selected, each teacher, along with his or her family and school administrators, will be invited to a local award ceremony. For a nomination form, please click on the pdf file that is below.

 

February 26, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Meets With Educators from Delaware County

Senator Bonacic met with educators from the Delaware Academy Central School District today, February 25, in his Albany office. The topic of discussion focused on educational funding priorities for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 State Budget.

 

 

February 25, 2015
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SENATOR FELDER HOSTS TUITION TAX CREDIT BRIEFING

This past Monday, I was proud to discuss the Education Investment Incentives Act alongside my colleague Senator Marty Golden, at a briefing for Administrators and Principals in Brooklyn.

 

February 24, 2015
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Visit To Lincoln High School

(Yonkers - February 24th) Senator Stewart-Cousins went back into the classroom at Lincoln High School in Yonkers to speak to students during Black History Month. Shediscussed the landmark Supreme Court case, Brown vs. Board of Education, that ended racial segregation in schools. She also discussed the federal court ruling that required Yonkers to integrate its housing and schools. And the importance of participating in democracy, including exercising the right to vote. The Senator thanks Ms. Myers and Principal Sherman for the opportunity, and to the students for their participation.

February 24, 2015
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State Legislators Applaud Citizens' Involvement To Restore School Aid

OLEAN – Although session duties in Albany Thursday will prevent area state legislators from attending the Olean Teachers’ Association (OTA) public rally, they lauded teachers, community members, school boards reps and administrators for supporting their efforts to restore school aid.

 

“Regrettably, Assemblyman Joe Giglio and I will be unable to take part in the rally because of the previously set legislative calendar. We are scheduled to be voting on bills on the floor of the Senate and Assembly, and there is a joint budget hearing on public safety that will go on until very late,” said Senator Catharine Young, (R,C,I-Olean).

 

February 24, 2015
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Senator Hamilton Tours Lamplighters Yeshivah

Senator Hamilton touring the Lamplighter's Yeshivah

February 23, 2015
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DO YOU LOVE YOUR LIBRARY?

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

February 20, 2015
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Senator Hamilton and Community Advocates Rally for Sustained, Equitable Funding for Education

New York, NY - Senator Jesse Hamilton (D-Brooklyn) joined a coalition of education activists, unions, community advocates, and neighborhood residents on the steps of City Hall this morning for a rally and press conference in support of education funding.

February 19, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education  Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair  10:00 AM, Thursday, February 26, 2015  Room 124 CAP

February 26, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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End the GEA

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

Back in 2010, when the Legislature was controlled by New York City Democrats, taxpayers all across the Empire State were repeatedly hurt by bad decisions.  New job-killing taxes were imposed.  State expenditures spiraled out of control. Among the worst was the creation of the Gap Elimination Adjustment or GEA.

 

The GEA resulted in billions of dollars being unfairly taken away from our local school districts, especially in rural and suburban areas of New York.  Since then, this multi-billion dollar budget cutting scheme has hurt local schools and property taxpayers.  

 

February 18, 2015
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Senator Klein Announces Launch of 5th Annual Earth Day Poster Contest

BRONX, NY– Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today announced the launch of the New York State Senate’s 5th Annual Earth Day Poster Contest to celebrate and honor Earth Day. Kindergarten through sixth grade students from across the Bronx and Westchester are encouraged to participate in this statewide competition.  

February 17, 2015
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