Issues: Education

Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Children at Maxwell Memorial Library

Senator John A. DeFrancisco was a guest reader at Maxwell Memorial Library in Camillus on July 21st. He had a great time reading stories to children and then talking about the importance of summer reading. The New York State Senate Summer Reading program is still underway.  To register your child for the program, please visit nyread.com.  

July 22, 2015
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Senator Young Honored with “Rural Schools Appreciation Award” from the Rural Schools Association of New York

COOPERSTOWN – Long a champion for our local school districts, students, teachers, and parents, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) recently received statewide recognition with the “Rural Schools Appreciation Award” for her work advocating for rural school districts across the state.

 

The award was presented to Senator Young by the Rural Schools Association of New York at their annual conference, in recognition of her work as Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, her efforts on behalf of children and families, and her legislative initiatives to bolster education in rural communities.

 

July 20, 2015
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MORE PLAY FOR THE ‘PANTHERS’: $50,000 FROM RITCHIE WILL IMPROVE BELLEVILLE HENDERSON PLAYGROUND

Funding Will Improve Safety and Encourage Kids to be More Active 

July 17, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Children at the Onondaga Free Library

Senator John A. DeFrancisco had a wonderful time reading to children at the Onondaga Free Library on July 16, 2015, as part of the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program. Senator DeFrancisco will be a guest reader at various public libraries during the summer. A list of libraries is below.

Maxwell Memorial Library - July 21st

Northern Onondaga Public Library - July 22nd

Fayetteville Free Library - July 26th

East Syracuse Free Library - July 29th

DeWitt Community Library - July 30th

Weedsport Public Library - August 11th

Seymour Public Library - August 11th

July 17, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC CONGRATULATES BRIAN MONAHAN ON HIS NEW POSITION AS SUPERINTENDENT OF THE MINISINK VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Senator Bonacic met today with Brian C. Monahan in his Middletown  district office, and congratulated him on his new position as the Superintendent of the Minisink Valley Central School District. Prior to becoming Superintendent, Monahan served 14 years as a social studies teacher, principal and the Director of Personnel in the Minisink school district. He spent the last 5 years in the Monroe-Woodbury School District as an Assistant Superintendent.

July 14, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES MANHASSET STUDENT ON BEING RECOGNIZED FOR ATHLETIC & ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited Manhasset High School to congratulate Danielle Nicosia for being chosen as the Sue Link Memorial Award recipient. Danielle was a co-captain on Manhasset’s Championship Girls Soccer Team.

     The Sue Link Memorial Award is given annually by the Nassau County Girls Soccer Coaches Association to the player who best embodies the behavior expected of student athletes both on the field and in the classroom.

July 13, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN DONATES SUMMER BACKPACKS TO BRONX CHILDREN

Klein secured $60,000 state grant to fund summer backpack giveaway for Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and HELP Bronx homeless shelter Local kids swing into summer with brand-new backpacks filled with books, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk and more

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and the Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP) donated summer backpacks to nearly 300 Bronx children from  the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club and the HELP Bronx Morris Avenue homeless shelter on Thursday.

July 10, 2015
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Pearson Contract Rejection A Win for New York's Students

Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean):

 

“Parents, students, and teachers across New York State are cheering because of the Pearson contract rejection. The out-of-touch testing materials prepared by Pearson were a big factor in the flawed implementation of Common Core in New York State.

 

July 9, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS STATEMENT ON EDUCATION DEPARTMENT NOT RENEWING PEARSON TESTING CONTRACT

     “By not renewing the state’s contract with Pearson and committing to an inclusive policy of active teacher participation in test preparation, the State Education Department has taken a positive step forward for the benefit of students, parents and educators throughout New York. 

     The failures of the Common Core rollout are well documented; students forced to take tests which are way above their grade level, teachers excluded from the development process, and exams being used to data mine rather than as an effective educational tool. 

July 9, 2015
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Senator Hamilton Speaks out in Support of Community-Based Coalition Promoting Quality Education

(Brooklyn, NY - July 8, 2015) Senator Hamilton, education advocates, and parents together expressed their support for a new middle school in Prospect Heights yesterday morning. “‘M.S. OneBrooklyn is a vision for a middle school that reflects the diversity of Brooklyn, from a community-based coalition promoting quality education,’ said state Sen. Jesse Hamilton, whose district includes District 13 families in Prospect Heights and Park Slope”  -  the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports, Community, Brooklyn leaders announce vision for public middle school at Atlantic Yards.

July 8, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Funding to Support School Resource Officers & Other Education Programs

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced he has secured additional state funding to support the presence of school resource officers (SRO’s) in several local school districts.  The aid is being provided to school districts and law enforcement agencies in order to provide a uniformed officer in schools as a way to promote student safety, conflict resolution and anti-bullying initiatives. 

July 8, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS INVITES FAMILIES TO PARTICIPATE IN HIS SUMMER READING PROGRAM

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) is inviting local families to participate in his annual summer reading program. The program helps promote literacy and encourages children to continue reading during the summer months.

     “This program helps children continue to build their reading skills during the summer months in a fun and enjoyable way. When children get excited about reading and using their imaginations, they’ll develop a love for it that will benefit them throughout their lives. I invite all families to participate,” said Senator Martins.

July 6, 2015
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Summer Programs Begin at NEAD Freedom School

I was excited to help welcome students, parents and staff to the start of summer school at the NEAD Freedom School in the City of Rochester. In its 11th year, Freedom School is a great place that makes learning fun and interactive, and provides the students with a welcoming environment to continue their learning throughout the summer. Many thanks to George Moses, Wallace Smith and all the dedicated people at Freedom School for all that they do for youth in our community!

July 6, 2015
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Senator Kevin Parker brings Sankofa Global Project's "Tinker Days" to the 21st District!

In Partnership with Time Warner Cable, Senator Kevin Parker brings Sankofa Global Project's "Tinker Days" to the 21st District! Bringing this S.T.E.A.M. initiative to P.S. 198, students were able to build "Mini Racers" supported by their teachers and parents! Great job Kids!

July 3, 2015
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BROOKLYN ELECTEDS STATEMENT ON BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK ANNOUNCEMENT

BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Squadron, Congresswoman Velázquez, Assemblymember Simon, Councilmember Lander, and Councilmember Levin released the following joint statement regarding the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation's announcement:

July 2, 2015
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Senator Ortt's "End of Session" Week in Review

In late June, the state Legislature finished up a lengthy and unpredictable session in Albany with a broad overall agreement on many legislative issues. With such a diverse state, regionally and politically, Senator Ortt said it was challenging to get all parties to reach an agreement. Ortt said he's encouraged that the Senate was able to come to a settlement with the Governor and Assembly, while still fighting for Western New York. To learn more about these issues, take a moment to watch Senator Ortt's Week in Review.

July 2, 2015
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Funding From The Workforce Development Institute Will Keep Cattaraugus Community Action Serving Area Residents

Food for Thought Culinary Arts program provides job training for out-of-school youth and displaced adults

 

ALBANY – The highly successful Food for Thought Culinary Arts program, operated by Cattaraugus Community Action (CCA), will be able to continue providing a 15-week training program for low-income youth and displaced adults thanks to funding supplied by the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

 

July 2, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES SEWANHAKA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently participated in Sewanhaka High School’s graduation ceremony. Senator Martins spoke at the graduation to wish the class of 2015 the very best for success and personally congratulated each student as they received their high school diploma.

     Senator Martins (fourth left) is pictured as he congratulates members of Sewanhaka High School’s Class of 2015. He is joined by Village of South Floral Park Trustee George Ingram.

July 2, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES ELMONT HIGH SCHOOL’S CLASS OF 2015

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) recently attended the graduation ceremony for Elmont Memorial High School’s Class of 2015. Senator Martins spoke at the graduation to offer his best wishes for continued success and personally congratulated each student on receiving their high school diploma.

     Senator Martins is pictured as he congratulates Jermaine Carroll on earning his high school diploma.

July 1, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Funding for Local Libraries

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is announcing grants for more than two dozen public libraries throughout the 59thState Senate District, which covers all of Wyoming County and portions of Erie, Livingston and Monroe counties.  In all, 26 libraries will share a total of $39,000.  

July 1, 2015
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