Issues: Education

Senator Marc Panepinto Comments on Urgent Letter Sent to Chancellor Merryl Tisch Earlier Today

Tonight’s announcement is essentially a band-aid to a larger problem.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Marc Panepinto released the following statement on the urgent letter he sent to Chancellor Merryl Tisch earlier today:

“While I applaud Chancellor Tisch for finally putting policy over politics, she has not gone far enough. Tonight’s announcement is essentially a band-aid to a larger problem. It still does not address the fact that standardized testing was never designed or meant to evaluate teachers. It has always been intended to serve as a learning tool that actually improves the quality and equity of public education for every student. That is why I sent the Chancellor a letter earlier today calling for a two-year moratorium on the creation of any high stakes  testing “evaluation” system until the impact of the Governor’s ill-vetted testing policy could be fully studied. This cannot be done by the June 30th deadline that the Chancellor acknowledged she still plans to enforce with the Board of Regents. That said, tonight’s announcement is a victory for the grassroots movement that has finally forced Albany to listen.  It is my hope now that the Chancellor will take my letter and the pleas of millions of concerned New Yorkers seriously and actually give due consideration to the impact and rationale behind high stakes testing.”

April 24, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN HONORS LOCAL PARENT LEADERS AT ANNUAL EDUCATORS BREAKFAST

Awards Breakfast Celebrates Achievements and Contributions of More Than 50 Parent Leaders in the Bronx

BRONX, NY - Celebrating the remarkable achievements and positive contributions of parent leaders in the 34th Senate District, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by more than 200 education officials, local teachers and parents, today hosted his annual Educators Breakfast at F&J Pine Restaurant in the Bronx. More than 50 parent leaders received certificates of appreciation for their dedication to local schools.

April 24, 2015
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Education Update ~ from Capital NY, "Regents to hold teacher evaluation 'summit' in Albany" ~ Read more and see the SED memo

Albany, N.Y., April 23--It was reported today that the Board of Regents have scheduled an invite-only "learning summit" in Albany on May 7, which will be live-streamed for public viewing.

Read more from Capital NY, "Regents to hold teacher evaluation 'summit' in Albany"

See attached copy below of the April 2015 memo from the State Education Department. 

April 23, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education  Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair  10:00 AM, Tuesday, April 28, 2015  Room 124 CAP

Printed No.

Sponsor

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Ranzenhofer

An act to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting cyber-bullying

1005  Refer to Finance

April 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Senator Ortt's Week in Review

Sen. Ortt discusses what he's been doing throughout his district. 

April 23, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Announces $12.5 million for the Learning Commons Project at NCCC

In the New York State budget, Sen. Ortt helped secure $12.5 million dollars for NCCC that will be used to transform the library area into the advanced learning commons area.

April 23, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Urges Public Comment on Education Reform

Education is at a crossroads in New York State.  There is a great deal of concern and  frustration among parents, students, educators and taxpayers.

Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo attempted to enact far-reaching educational reforms as part of the 2015-2016 New York State budget.  My Senate colleagues and I  rejected the governor’s original education reform plan and, where possible, made changes in an effort to find more reasonable common ground.   

April 23, 2015
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Seward Secures State Funding For History Program

COOPERSTOWN, 04/23/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the state budget includes, at his insistence, $100,000 to continue the state’s participation in National History Day.  The announcement coincides with the statewide judging of student projects taking place in Cooperstown April 26-27.

April 23, 2015
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Submit Your Comments to the State Education Department

Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo attempted to enact far-reaching educational reforms as part of the 2015-2016 New York State budget. 

My Senate colleagues and I, very early on in this year's budget adoption process, rejected the broad scope of the original Cuomo education reform plan and, in particular, the plan's over-reliance on testing.

April 22, 2015
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Teacher Evaluation Comment Period Now Open

Dear Neighbor,

 

Recently, I helped to pass my first Budget as State Senator for the 55th District, one that includes important provisions to create jobs, control taxes, clean-up Albany, and invest in our community. Yet most of the public discussion has been dominated by one issue: Education.

April 21, 2015
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Queens pols urging gay conversion ban

As reported by Queens Chronicle:

With President Obama’s office’s recent declaration that “gay conversion therapy” — or psychiatric practices geared toward “curing” lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth — should be banned in states, New York legislators are calling for the passing of a bill that would prohibit the procedures.

Last Thursday, state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) reignited the call to pass Senate bill 4917, which would prohibit mental health professionals from partaking in any effort to change a minor’s sexual orientation.

For full article, click here.

April 21, 2015
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Applying pressure on Cuomo to DREAM

As reported by Queens Chronicle:

The dream isn’t over, yet.

After Gov. Cuomo dropped the DREAM Act from the state budget last month, sponsor state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) is pushing for it to be passed in June, whether his name is on it or not.

Peralta, who has made it clear over recent months that the bill — which would grant college financial aid to qualifying unauthorized immigrants and faces the challenge of passing the Republican-controlled Senate — said in a sit-down interview with the Queens Chronicle that supporters are calling for Cuomo to make it a program bill.

For full article, click here.

April 21, 2015
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The New Gates Public Library Early Learning Center

It was an exciting day at the Gates Public Library yesterday as we cut the ribbon on the new Early Learning Center. I was proud to secure a $15,000 grant to help transform this unoccupied space in the library into a fun area for children to learn and play. I am certain this will be a popular addition to the Gates Public Library!

Click here for more pictures from the new Early Learning Center!

April 21, 2015
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LIBRARIES: THEY’RE MORE THAN WHAT’S ON THE SHELF

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

April 20, 2015
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NYS Education Department Taking Public Comment on New Teacher Evaluation Standards

I have been notified that the public comment period on the proposed changes to the Annual Professional Performance Review for teachers has been opened. Public comment on the pending evaluation regulations should be sent to Eval2015@nysed.gov this is your opportunity to let the Board of Regents know your thoughts and concerns. I encourage you to make constructive comments and help make the system better for everyone especially the children.

April 17, 2015
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BROOKLYN ELECTEDS STATEMENT ON PS 8 SCHOOL ZONE OVERCROWDING

BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Squadron, Councilmember Levin, and Assemblymember Simon released the following joint statement regarding PS 8 school zone overcrowding:

April 16, 2015
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Senator Hamilton, Assembly Member Simon and Panelists at High Stakes Testing Forum

Forum brought together principals, teachers, parents, and education advocates for community dialogue

Brooklyn, NY – Senator Hamilton, Assembly Member Simon, and Council Member Lander co-hosted a forum Wednesday, April 15th, at the Old First Reformed Church.

April 16, 2015
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Education Update ~ NYS Education Department taking public comment on new teacher evaluation standards ~ Read more Updates

The future of education is clearly at a crossroads in New York State. 

That's why this update is so important.

The current level of anger, frustration and even outrage that's currently driving these critically important decisions isn't working. It's not working for students and families, number one. And it's not positive, by any measure, for local school districts.

April 16, 2015
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Parents of PS 143 Students Attending Classes in Trailers Push for School Addition

As reported by NY1:

Some parents in Corona say they are fed up with their children being forced to attend classes in trailers.

Dozens of parents gathered in front of PS 143 on Tuesday in support of a plan to build an addition to the school.

State Senator Jose Peralta is proposing building the addition next to the existing school on land owned by the City Parks Department.

For full article, click here.

April 16, 2015
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Pols Push City to Expand Corona School Where Hundreds Learn in Trailers

As reported by DNAinfo:

CORONA — Parents and elected officials are pushing for the expansion of an overcrowded neighborhood elementary school which is nearly double its capacity and where hundreds of students are being forced to learn out of trailers.

Dozens of parents and students joined state Sen. Jose Peralta Tuesday at P.S. 143 to demand the city build a permanent extension to the elementary school, at 34-74 113th St.

For full article, click here.

April 16, 2015
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