Issues: Education

Senator Klein Announces Launch of Annual Earth Day Poster Contest

BRONX, NY– Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced the launch of the New York State Senate’s Annual Earth Day Poster Contest. Students from across the Bronx and Westchester are encouraged to participate in this statewide competition.

 

February 10, 2014
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Senator Maziarz and Assemblyman Ceretto support Dr. Walter Polka of Lewiston for NYS Board of Regents

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) and Assemblyman John Ceretto (R-Lewiston) today announced that they are giving their full support to their constituent, Lewiston resident Dr. Walter S. Polka, in his effort to be chosen to serve on the New York State Board of Regents as an at-large member.

February 7, 2014
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Senator Valesky Answers Questions at Live Q&A

Senator David J. Valesky answered questions from constituents during a live Q&A hosted by syracuse.com. Topics included tax relief, the Route 81 project, campaign finance reform, and the Common Core.

February 7, 2014
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Senator Stavisky and Assemblyman Braunstein Introduce Senate Bill S6570 to Identify Sea of Japan and East Sea in Textbooks

Flushing, NY—Today Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) introduced Senate bill S6570 that would require all new textbooks used in New York State to refer to the body of water that separates the Japanese archipelago from the Asian mainland as the East Sea as well as the Sea of Japan.

February 7, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Discusses Common Core On Capitol Pressroom

Senator John Flanagan (New York State), Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, joins Susan Arbetter of Capitol Pressroom to discuss the flawed implementation of Common Core Learning Standards by the New York State Department of Education and the need to provide teachers and the students with the necessary tools for success – February 6, 2014

February 6, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education  Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair  10:00 AM, Thursday, February 27, 2014  Room 124 CAP

February 27, 10:00 AM - 10:06 AM
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FAMILIES FOR EXCELLENT SCHOOLS JOINS BRONX ELECTED OFFICIALS, CLERGY LEADERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS IN FIGHT TO PROTECT GIRLS PREP BRONX

Contact: Families for Excellent Schools – Frank@stuloeser.com, 720 841 0052

FAMILIES FOR EXCELLENT SCHOOLS JOINS BRONX ELECTED OFFICIALS, CLERGY LEADERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS IN FIGHT TO PROTECT GIRLS PREP BRONX

Girls Prep Bronx fifth graders face being barred from their school if their co-location is overturned by courts or Department of Education

February 6, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS TO BOARD OF REGENTS: DELAY COMMON CORE

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, calling on the Board of Regents to delay implementation of the Common Core education curriculum. The call comes after months of listening to concerns from parents, educators and students that the Common Core simply wasn’t being implemented to the best interests of educating students.

February 5, 2014
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VIDEO -- Senator Tkaczyk Questions Education Commissioner John King during Joint Budget Hearings;

January 28, 2014 - Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk questions Commissioner of Education, John B. King, Jr. at the Elementary and Secondary Education Budget Hearing.

February 4, 2014
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Senator Bonacic’s Statement on Common Core

Parents, teachers, administrators and educational professionals in my district, and throughout New York State, have raised grave concerns over the flawed roll-out of the Common Core Learning Standards.

Unless the Board of Regents acts to alleviate these concerns, they must delay the use of Common Core tests for high-stakes decisions about teachers, principals and students for a minimum of two years.  During this time, the State Education Department should continue to develop curricula aligned with higher standards and assist local school districts in developing their own curricula so teachers can successfully implement higher learning standards and help students reach their maximum potential.

February 4, 2014
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Join Senator Flanagan In Ending The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)

Recently, the Senate Education Committee approved legislation Senator Flanagan sponsored that would accelerate the restoration of funding lost under the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).  The legislation (S.5452) would set a definitive three-year timetable for making full restoration of GEA funding to all school districts to protect taxpayers and schoolchildren.

February 4, 2014
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Senate Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Senate Education Chair John Flanagan Call for Delay of Common Core and Sharing of Student Privacy Data

Senators Skelos, Klein and Flanagan issued the following statement:

We continue to support the goals of an improved education curriculum that increases standards and ensures that students are college and career ready. However, after having spent months listening to parents, teachers, administrators and educational professionals at public hearings conducted throughout New York State, it is our belief that while the implementation of Common Core Learning Standards may have been well intended, it has been poorly executed.

February 4, 2014
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Senator Flanagan’s Legislation To Restore School Funding Lost Under The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) Approved By Senate Education Committee

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that his legislation to accelerate the restoration of funding lost by school districts under the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) has been approved by the Senate Education Committee.  The legislation (S.5452) would establish a definitive timetable for making full restoration of GEA funding to all school districts over a three-year period.

February 4, 2014
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Another Voice: Education Investment Tax Credit will benefit schools and all New Yorkers

By Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Jane Corwin and Mark GrisantiTwo seemingly unrelated news items last week combined to make a powerful point.The first was the Catholic Diocese’s announcement that it would close 10 schools. Universally, reaction could only be described as pain and sadness.The second was the Oscar nominations. Why? Because several of the films contending for the honor were produced with the help of a New York tax credit that has helped our state.In 2014, why can’t we have a tax credit that will help save children, parents and our communities from suffering through the continual closing of their Catholic and other schools?A bipartisan group of legislators from Western New York is co-sponsoring exactly such legislation.

February 3, 2014
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Chief School Administrators of Putnam/Northern Westchester Common Core Forum

Senator Stewart-Cousins, along with Aseemblymember Shelley Mayer and other elected officials, met with School administrators from Westchester and Putnam Counties held at an open forum to discuss concerns about the NYS Dept. of Education's implementation of Common Core standards on Thursday, January 30th.

February 2, 2014
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NY Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk cited by School Boards Association

KINGSTON FREEMAN

ALBANY >> state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk has been named the “2014 State Senate Legislative Freshman Leader of the Year” by the state School Boards Association.

Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, “has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to public education issues,” School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy Kremer said in a press release. “She has met with boards of education, participated in educational forums and events and made state aid for education a top legislative priority.”

Tkaczyk served as president of her local school board before being elected to represent the state’s 46th Senate District. She said she was honored to receive the recognition from the School Boards Association.

January 31, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS SHARES IN JOY OF READING WITH MUNSEY PARK SCHOOL STUDENTS

Senator Jack M. Martins recently spend a Friday morning sharing a book with the students at the Munsey Park Elementary School as part of the school's "Guess Who's Coming to Read" program, which encourages reading. It's a fun way to learn and reinforces how reading can be a fun adventure with every book. 

January 31, 2014
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Holy Cross Anti-Bullying Assembly

It was great to go back to my Alma Mater, Holy Cross School, to help them kickoff their anti-bullying assembly today. There were a few great presentations by the students, and a great message of anti-bullying. Many thanks for inviting me to help kickoff this event!

January 31, 2014
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Your Voice with Senator Maziarz

Senator Maziarz discusses Common Core, Jobs for Heroes, and his meeting with the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce on this week's episode of Your Voice. 

January 31, 2014
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STATEMENT ON COMMON CORE REGENTS

On Thursday, January 23rd, the New York State Senate Education Committee met with State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. to discuss the flawed implementation of the Common Core curriculum and to find out what he was prepared to do to help students, parents and teachers.

During the meeting, I specifically asked the Commissioner about changes to Regents Exams to match Common Core standards.  I have serious concerns for our students who will be forced to take Common Core based Regents Exams without the proper preparation.  I asked the Commissioner to address this issue.

January 31, 2014
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