Issues: Education

Senate Passes Bill Expanding Access to Education for Adult Learners in New York

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would expand the literacy and other educational opportunities available to adult learners in order to help them succeed.

May 20, 2015
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SENADO APRUEBA PIEZA DE LEY SOMETIDA POR EL SENADOR REV. RUBEN DIAZ

LO QUE USTED DEBE SABER Por el Senador Rev. Ruben DiazDistrito 32 Condado del Bronx, New YorkTel. 718-991-3161SENADO APRUEBA PIEZA DE LEY SOMETIDA POR EL SENADOR REV. RUBEN DIAZEl Senado de New York, acaba de aprobar por una votación unanime de 62 votos a favor, 0 en contra la pieza de Ley #S165 sometida por el Senador Rev. Ruben Diaz.Esta legislación, que, de ser firmada por el gobernador, oedenara que todo el dinero obtenido por la venta de la loteria no pueda ser usado en otras cosas que no sea educación.

May 20, 2015
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Student Shadows Visit Senate

ALBANY, 05/20/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) this week welcomed high school students from Cortland, and Otsego counties to Albany for the 15th annual Students Inside Albany conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation.

“The Capitol is a living, breathing classroom and I am pleased to take part in this unique program,” said Senator Seward.  “Offering students an inside glimpse at state government is a wonderful way to spark their interest in public service.”

May 20, 2015
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Senator Ruben Diaz’s Education Bill S165 Passes Unanimously

What You Should Know By Senator Rev Rubén Díaz 32nd Senatorial District 718-991-3161 Senator Ruben Diaz’s Education Bill S165 Passes Unanimously You should know that on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, New York State Senate Bill 165 that I sponsored passed unanimously 62- 0. This bill prohibits the use of lottery funds for any purpose other than education and prohibits co-mingling with funds for other purposes. You should also know that I hope and pray that this legislation will become law and ease some of the financial burdens that New York families face as they fight for their children’s educational needs.

May 20, 2015
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Joins Rally for Yonkers Public Schools at the State Capitol

Albany, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Leader, addressed Tuesday’s rally in support of additional funding for Yonkers Public Schools at the State Capitol in Albany. 

“We have a responsibility to educate our children,” Senator Stewart-Cousins told the crowd of students, parents, administrators and city leaders who had gathered on what is referred to as the Million Dollar staircase. “One of the things we want to do is to turn this Million Dollar Staircase into a $28 million staircase. Every effort is important because every child is worth every single ounce of our energy.” Click here to listen to her full remarks.

May 20, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Unveils Legislation To Improve Education System

Package addresses failures in this year’s budget and the Common Core rollout

Albany, NY - This week the Senate Democratic Conference, led by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, introduced bills to reform the state’s public school system and address the concerns raised by education stakeholders due to the proposed changes made in the 2015 State Budget. The legislative package will implement reforms to the teacher evaluation system, increase fairness for student assessments and provide support for community schools that offer wraparound social services.

May 19, 2015
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Watkins Glen High School students meet with their state representatives in Albany (UPDATED, May 20th)

Albany, N.Y., May 19—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) today welcomed a contingent of Watkins Glen High School students to the state capital.

The students were accompanied to Albany by instructor Travis Durfee, who also serves as President of the Watkins Glen Faculty Association.  Over the past several weeks, as part of his ninth-grade Humanities curriculum, Durfee has focused on debate studies in which students have selected and researched a variety of issues, prepared debate briefs and other background materials, and engaged in formal debates.

May 19, 2015
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Rallying for Yonkers Public Schools

(Albany - May 19th) Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined a crowd of teachers, students, delegates and other constituents in support of additional funding for Yonkers Public Schools at the State Capitol. The Leader addressed the crowd at the event, "We have an opportunity here to get it right, and to get it right for you. We don't care how long, how hard, how much we have to knock on doors, to beg, rally, scream.. whatever it takes to get you what you need. And one of the things that we'd like to do here today is to turn this million dollar staircase into a 28 million dollar staircase.

May 19, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference To Announce An Education Legislative Package

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference will announce and introduce a major education legislative package on Tuesday, May 19th at 1:00 PM.

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Education Committee Ranker, Senator George Latimer, Senator Marc Panepinto, Senator Gustavo Rivera, Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Members of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference, Education Advocates

WHEN: Tuesday, May 19 at 1:00 PM

WHERE: Senate Democratic Conference Room, Room 315, State Capitol, Albany

May 19, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Teachers of Excellence and Women of Distinction and Discusses Public Safety Issues on Your Voice

On this Your Voice program, recorded on May 18, 2015, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses his 2015 Teachers of Excellence, his 2015 Women of Distinction honoree, West Point Day, the Officer Brian Moore Resolution, Court of Claims, and ticket scalping legislation.

May 19, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HOSTS SPRING CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL AT ST. THERESA SCHOOL

Klein Brings Together Community to Celebrate the Spring Season -- Local Families & Children Dance, Play, Create and More

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by nearly 200 children and families, hosted his annual spring children’s festival at the St. Theresa School in Pelham Bay on Saturday. The fun-filled event featured face painting, a DJ, bouncy bounce, craft table and more.

May 18, 2015
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NYS Senator Sue Serino and Special Guest Congressman Chris Gibson to Hold Public Forum on Heroin and Opiate Addiction

 

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NYS Senator Sue Serino and Special Guest Congressman Chris Gibson to Hold Public Forum on Heroin and Opiate Addiction

Who: NYS Senator Sue Serino, Special Guest Congressman Chris Gibson, and Council on Addiction, Prevention and Education (C.A.P.E.)

What:  Public Forum on Heroin and Opiate Addiction

When: Thursday, May 21, 2015; 7:00-8:30pm

Where: Haviland Middle School; 23 Haviland Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538, United States

May 18, 2015
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Young: “Rural School Districts Face Unique Challenges”

Senator submits comments to the State Education Department

 

ALBANY – During this year’s State Budget negotiations, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) and her colleagues fought hard to ensure that teachers, parents, and education advocates were given a voice in setting education policy for the state. As a direct result of their efforts, the State Education Department (SED) is now holding a public comment period as they begin to develop new standards for the state’s teacher and principal evaluation systems.

 

May 15, 2015
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Middletown High School STEM Night

A represenatative from my office stopped by Middletown High School's STEM night, on Thursday May 15th. The event was a showcase of Middletown's STEM students and their success not only this academic, but also throughout their educational career. 

Here is picture of two small robots that were built by Middletown STEM students

May 15, 2015
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Uniting Employers With Well-Trained Workers

ALBANY, 05/15/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) recently took part in a public hearing hosted by the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development which included testimony from key employment leaders in the state.

May 15, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN ANNOUNCES $18,000 IN PROJECT BOOST FUNDS FOR P.S. 14

New Funding Boosts Local School’s Enrichment Opportunities for Students K-5

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by more than 150 local parents, school administrators and students, announced $18,000 in Project BOOST (Building Options and Opportunities for Students) funding for P.S. 14 in the Bronx. The announcement came at P.S. 14’s annual parent teacher conference night on Wednesday evening.

May 14, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN ANNOUNCES $170,000 IN STATE FUNDING FOR PENNINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN MT. VERNON

New Funding Secured By Klein Will Add Playground, Improve Baseball Diamond and Outfield, Provide Soccer Goals and Install New Benches at Pennington School

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with Pennington School Principal Danielle Davis-Marrow, President of the Fleetwood Neighborhood Association Mike Justino, and over 200 parents and students, announced more than $170,000 in state funding for the Pennington Elementary School to make improvements to its recreational facilities at the school’s annual spring concert on Wednesday evening.

May 14, 2015
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Visits Local Schools, Reads To Students and Discusses Public Service

Yonkers, NY - There were so many classes to read to on Read Aloud Day in March at Paideia School 15 in Yonkers that State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins returned today at the student’s request to visit a class she had missed. Senator Stewart-Cousins, who is also the Democratic Leader in the New York State Senate, read “Wolf !” by Becky Bloom to the first grade students and discussed some of her responsibilities as an elected official and representative in Albany. 

May 14, 2015
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Twelve Corners Middle School: NYS School to Watch

Twelve Corners Middle School in the Town of Brighton was recently designated a New York State School to Watch for their academic excellence. This recognition is a true testament to the hard work of the students, teachers, parents and administrators at Twelve Corners. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

Click here for more pictures from this event.

May 14, 2015
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