Issues: Education

November 12, 2014
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What Are You Thankful For?

Senator Bonacic invites children in grades K – 6 to express what they are thankful for with poems, essays, or artwork

November 12, 2014
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Buffalo News: Thirteen school districts to receive funding for resource officers

Thirteen Western New York school districts will receive money to support new and existing school resource officer programs.

November 10, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES STATE FUNDING TO SUPPORT SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

SRO PROGRAMS PROMOTE POSITIVE RELATIONS BETWEEN STUDENTS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES  

November 10, 2014
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MAKING READING A FAMILY AFFAIR

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

November 10, 2014
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Make college more affordable by making more Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grants available

As reported by the Daily News:

By State Senator Jose Peralta and Assembly Member Francisco Moya

As the lead sponsors of the New York DREAM Act — a proposal to provide state-financed college tuition aid to undocumented immigrants — we often hear: “You should help struggling, taxpaying families that are in this country legally pay for college.”

We couldn’t agree more.

College costs have skyrocketed. The graduates of the class of 2014 have the distinction of being the most indebted ever, owing an average of about $33,000 each. Even after adjusting for inflation, that’s nearly twice as much as what student borrowers owed 20 years ago.

What’s more, we are at a critical juncture in our state’s trajectory — we will either choose to invest in our future, or we will choose to ignore it. In a future without financial aid reforms, more New Yorkers will be unable to afford college and will enter a job market that is increasingly inhospitable to those who lack a college education. Without action, these two intersecting forces may collide, driving up unemployment.

One way to make college more affordable for New Yorkers is to make more and larger Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grants available to more students, immigrant and non-immigrant alike.

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November 10, 2014
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Take a Vet to School Day

In recognition of Veterans Day, I was proud to partner with Time Warner Cable and the History Channel to host Take a Vet to School Day at Gates Chili High School. This nationwide event brings veterans into the classroom to share their firsthand experiences in the armed forces and combat, and gives the students a better understanding of the sacrifices our veterans make to protect our country and our freedoms.

November 6, 2014
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Delivers Long-Awaited State Grant to the New Rochelle Day Nursery School

New Rochelle, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, announced today during a news conference at the New Rochelle Day Nursery School that she was able to cut through legislative red tape to deliver a $12,000 state grant awarded in the 2011-12 Budget year for a new boiler. Senator Stewart-Cousins learned about the problem during her office’s mobile constituent hours in New Rochelle in April.

October 31, 2014
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Participation in Government at Robert Brown High School

I enjoyed speaking with Participation in Government students at Robert Brown High School at the Edison Tech campus. Many thanks to Mr. Hickey and Mr. Amico for inviting me to talk to each of their classes, it's so important to get our younger generations involved in government and the election process. 

Click here for more pictures from Robert Brown.

October 30, 2014
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Helping every child learn, grow and succeed

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

We all know that great schools and a high quality education are the keys that can open the door to a brighter future for our children.  Although there is still much unfinished business to attend to, this year’s Legislative Session will help every child learn, grow and succeed.

 

A quick look at the facts makes clear that this year’s session produced good news for our schools and our kids: 

 

Reducing the Damage of the GEA 

October 28, 2014
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Purchase College, SUNY & Senator David Carlucci Announce Scholarship for Rockland Community College Students

Purchase College, SUNY today announced it will offer renewable Dean’s List Scholarships to Rockland Community College (RCC) students who plan to pursue a BA at Purchase’s Rockland extension site. New York State Senator David Carlucci (38th Senate District) was instrumental in coordinating this new program that has direct benefits for his constituents.

“This scholarship provides an excellent opportunity for top achieving RCC students to earn a highly marketable degree without incurring significant debt,” says Thomas J. Schwarz, president of Purchase College, SUNY. “The flexibility and convenience of evening classes in Rockland County will allow a greater pool of ambitious students to pursue their degrees.”

October 28, 2014
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TEACHING SKILLS THAT SAVE LIVES

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

October 27, 2014
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Monroe 2 BOCES Participation in Government

I recently had the opportunity to talk to a Participation in Government class from Monroe 2 BOCES about my role as a State Senator and the importance of being involved in the election process. Many thanks to the students and teachers for their involvement and great questions!

October 24, 2014
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Grisanti-Sponsored "CPR In Schools" Bill Signed Into Law

They have traveled to Albany to meet with legislators; they held a CPR Rally at the Capitol; they have written letters to the editor; they have given countless media interviews; they have tweeted and they have phoned.

October 22, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Works With Kings Park School District To Benefit Students

Senator John Flanagan( 2nd Senate District) recently announced that his office has secured funding for the Kings Park Central School District.  The funding, which is the result of Senator Flanagan’s ongoing efforts to provide additional opportunities to Kings Park students, will help enhance the overall educational experience at all of the schools in the district.

Over the past four years, Senator Flanagan has secured close to $300,000 in state funding, beyond traditional school aid, that the district has used to offset the cost of a number of projects. 

October 21, 2014
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Grisanti Continues to Fight for Stronger Schools and More Options for Parents

Senator Mark Grisanti recently renewed his call to help both struggling schools and children with his support of the Education Investment Incentives Act and introduction of the Parental School Choice Program for the City of Buffalo.

October 21, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN AWARDS $200,000 TO LOCAL SCHOOLS

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that he has awarded $200,000 in educational funding, through the New York State Senate, to support and assist the teachers and students of more than fifteen schools in his district.

 

The funding has been awarded in response to requests from individual schools as to the need for financial assistance to develop and improve instructional programming. Many of the schools included smart boards and laptop carts a top their wish lists recently addressed to Senator Golden.

 

October 20, 2014
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At the SUNY Sullivan Foundation Cocktail Extravaganza, October 18, 2014

Senator Bonacic attended the SUNY Sullivan Foundation’s cocktail extravanganza on Saturday, October 18, 2014.  "SUNY Sullivan Foundation does an outstanding job of securing funding for college equipment, programs and scholarships," said Senator Bonacic.  Here is the Senator with (l to r) Board of Trustee members, Lyman Holmes (Vice Chairman), Russ Heyman (Chairman), and SUNY Sullivan President, Dr. Karin Hilgersom."  

October 20, 2014
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Press Release: Yonkers State and City Delegations Secure Important Grants for State-of-the-Art Technology Center At Yonkers Public Library Riverfront Branch

Yonkers, NY - Members of the Yonkers State Delegation, which includes Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, Senator George Latimer, Assembly Members Shelley Mayer and Gary Pretlow, were joined by Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, to announce $285,000 combined funding from state and federal resources toward creation of a new state-of-the-art technology center at the Yonkers Public Library Riverfront Branch.

October 20, 2014
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