Issues: Education

Help Support our Kids: End the GEA Budget Cuts!

I am proud to be leading the fight to help completely eliminate the GEA school aid budget cuts once and for all.

February 10, 2015
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Help Support our Kids: End the GEA Budget Cuts!

I am proud to be leading the fight to help completely eliminate the GEA school aid budget cuts once and for all.

This effort is designed to protect our local schools from harmful cuts in State education aid. This will not only ensure more resources for classroom instruction and quality programs, but will also help us to achieve our goal of ensuring an outstanding education for every child, in every school.

Support my efforts to eliminate the GEA budget cuts and help ensure a brighter future for our kids, please sign my petition below.

February 10, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE REPUBLICANS CALL FOR A BUDGET THAT RETURNS $1 BILLION TO SCHOOLS BY ENDING THE GEA THIS YEAR

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady), along with his colleagues in the New York State Senate Majority, held a press conference in Albany today, and outlined their plan to abolish the notorious Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and its impact on state funding to public schools. The Senate Republican Conference is proposing to return $1 billion to schools across the state by accelerating the complete elimination of the GEA in the 2015-16 state budget.

The GEA was first imposed on New Yorkers in 2010 by former Governor David Paterson and the Democrats who controlled the Senate and Assembly. The entire Senate Republican Conference voted against the GEA because it created severe cuts to the bottom lines for public schools.

February 10, 2015
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Senator George Amedore Calls for the Elimination of the GEA at a Capitol Press Conference

Today, Senator Amedore joined his colleagues in the Senate Republican Conference to announce a plan to completely eliminate the GEA in this year's budget. 

February 10, 2015
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Senate Call To End GEA Intensifies

ALBANY, 02/10/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that the Senate Majority conference is joining his fight to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has devastated public schools.

“I recently introduced legislation to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment, and today, joined my colleagues to further advocate for the end of the GEA by providing necessary funding in the 2015-16 state budget,” said Senator Seward.  “To know that this issue is a top priority of the Senate Majority conference confirms how important it is to every school, every student, and every property taxpayer in New York State.”

February 10, 2015
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Senator Sue Serino Fights to Eliminate GEA

Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) today joined her Republican Colleagues at a press conference in Albany to announce their plan to eliminate the disastrous Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) that has had such an adverse effect on schools in the 41st District.

February 10, 2015
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Schoharie County Youth Bureau Meets With Senator Seward

ALBANY, 02/10/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today met at his Capitol office with members of the Schoharie County Youth Bureau.  

“Youth Bureau programs are cost effective and enhance the quality of life in our rural communities along with developing future leaders,” said Senator Seward.  “The preventive benefits these programs produce are immeasurable and the confidence they give the students involved is truly special.  I am proud that a legislative grant I secured a decade ago helped initiate the Schoharie County program and I will continue to advocate for continued state funding for this and other vital youth programs.” 

February 10, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE CALLS FOR ELIMINATION OF THE GAP ELIMINATION ADJUSTMENT (GEA)

Senator George Amedore today called for the acceleration of the elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) that has devastated public schools since it was enacted in 2010. At a Capitol press conference today, Senator Amedore and his colleagues in the Republican conference  proposed to include $1 billion in the 2015-16 state budget to completely eliminate what remains of the GEA.

February 10, 2015
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Senate Majority Calls for Ending the GEA School Budget Cuts this Year

At a press conference in Albany today, the New York State Senate Majority outlined their plan to abolish the notorious Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and its devastating impact on state funding to public schools.

February 10, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC CALLS FOR AN END TO THE GAP ELIMINATION ADJUSTMENT IN THE 2015-2016 BUDGET

(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic, 42nd Senate District, joined other members of the New York State Senate in calling for the end of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). The GEA is a budget balancing scheme that took away 2.8 billion from school districts throughout the state and was implemented by the Democratic Legislature in 2010. Every Republican in the Senate voted against it.

February 10, 2015
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Help Support our Kids: End the GEA Budget Cuts!

I am proud to be leading the fight to help completely eliminate the GEA school aid budget cuts once and for all.This effort is designed to protect our local schools from harmful cuts in State education aid.  This will not only ensure more resources for classroom instruction and quality programs, but will also help us to achieve our goal of ensuring an outstanding education for every child, in every school.

February 10, 2015
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Senator Sue Serino Fights to Eliminate GEA

Senator Sue Serino Fights to Eliminate GEA

ALBANY, NY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) today joined her Republican Colleagues at a press conference in Albany to announce their plan to eliminate the disastrous Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) that has had such an adverse effect on schools in the 41st District.

“Throughout my campaign, I heard from countless residents who were absolutely appalled when they learned just how negatively our local schools have been impacted by the GEA,” Serino noted at the press conference. “I made a promise to work tirelessly to eliminate it, and today we are going beyond rhetoric to make that promise a reality.”

February 10, 2015
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FIGHTING FOR WHAT MATTERS TO YOU

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

February 9, 2015
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Reading at Autumn Lane Elementary School

I had fun reading "The Book With No Pictures" to students at Autumn Lane Elementary School this morning. Despite the snow and the cold, the students were excited listen to the book and share their favorite parts about it!

February 6, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Re-Appointed Chair of Committee on Crime Victims, Crime & Corrections

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been re-appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections. The former New York State Trooper and Sheriff of Erie County has chaired the committee since 2013.  

February 6, 2015
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RITCHIE: JOIN ME IN STANDING UP FOR OUR SCHOOLS

Invites Public to Sign Petition to Support Teachers and Students by Ending the GEA

***CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION***

State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting people to stand up for teachers and students by signing her petition in support of repealing the Gap Elimination Adjustment;  a budget gimmick commonly known as the “GEA,” which has cost schools across New York State upwards of $8 billion since its implementation.

“Although we’ve worked hard to increase education aid in recent years, the GEA is continuing to put a strain on our schools; making it harder for them to provide teachers with the resources they need to be effective and robbing students from the opportunities they deserve,” said Senator Ritchie.

“We owe it to our dedicated educators and to New York’s next generation of leaders to put their needs first and end the GEA once and for all. I’m hopeful that people across our region will join me in standing up for our schools by signing this petition and demonstrating their support for repealing the GEA.”

Those interested in signing the petition can do so here.  Individuals without access to a computer can call her Watertown office at (315) 782-3418 to show their support for the GEA’s repeal.

February 6, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

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

February 10, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Visiting with Students at Merton Williams Middle School

I enjoyed visiting with 7th grade students at Merton Williams Middle School in Hilton earlier today. The students came prepared with great questions and were ready to learn all about state government! Thanks to 7th grade student Charlotte Wright and teacher Mr. Sorenson for inviting me to visit their class. 

February 5, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Calls on State Education Department to Create Permanent Plan in Cases of Extreme Weather Events

Senator Robert Ortt (R,C,I-North Tonawanda) is calling on the State Education Department to enforce a level playing field for all school districts during an extreme weather event.

The senator is drafting legislation to help alleviate inconsistencies. Ortt is proposing the SED takes a proactive approach for students who miss Regents exams due to inclement weather and adopt a permanent solution rather than enforcing a “one-time exception.”  

That same leeway, however, was not extended to districts here in Western New York during last year’s Polar Vortex. Instead, students who missed state exams had to wait until June to retake tests, causing an interruption in their studies.  

February 1, 2015
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Sen. Rob Ortt Co-Sponsors Legislation to Repeal Gap Elimination Adjustment

Senator Robert Ortt (R,C,I-North Tonawanda) is joining the push to fully repeal and eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) section of the education law. 

Sen. Ortt is co-sponsoring the bill introduced by state Senator Patrick Gallivan (R,C,I-Elma).

The push comes at a crucial time for school districts in New York. Recent reports from the state comptroller’s office identified two school districts in the Senator’s district – Niagara-Wheatfield and Lewiston-Porter – as having “significant” fiscal stress.

January 30, 2015
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