Issues: Education

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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SENATOR NOZZOLIO LEADS EFFORT TO ELIMINATE GAP ELIMINATION ADJUSTMENT AND REDUCE PROPERTY TAXES IN UPSTATE

Senator Michael Nozzolio announced he has reintroduced his legislation, Senate Bill 512 in the New York State Senate and is leading the effort to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) once and for all in New York.

 “Over the last several years, I have heard from hundreds of parents, teachers, school board members, school superintendents and administrators throughout my district, all with the same message; help us put an end to the disastrous Gap Elimination Adjustment,” said Senator Nozzolio.

The GEA was an unfair state aid cut to schools that was enacted in 2010 by the

January 30, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: Presentation by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families: “Veterans and Entrepreneurship in New York State”

Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and EntrepreneurshipChair: Senator Martin J. GoldenVice Chair: Senator Richard M. FunkePublic Meeting: Presentation by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families:“Veterans and Entrepreneurship in New York State”Place: Room 410, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M.Contact: Bob Herz (518) 455-2736Media Contact: Bob Herz (518) 455-2736

February 10, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Senator Serrano Discusses the Importance of Arts and Music Education on “Meet The Leaders”

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano appeared as  a guest on “Meet the Leaders” and spoke about his priorities for 2015, especially the incredibly urgent call for more arts and music education. Serrano expressed the importance of bringing back arts and music education in schools that have cut or reduced them to provide our children with the best education possible.

January 30, 2015
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Seward Introduces Bill To End GEA

ONEONTA, 01/30/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that he has introduced legislation (S.2643) to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has cost New York school districts millions of dollars.

“I voted against the GEA when it passed in 2009 and have been working to erase this curse on our local schools ever since,” said Senator Seward.  “This hurtful policy was simply a cash-grab by the state that left schools reeling and trying to recover ever since.  It needs to end now.”

January 30, 2015
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The Daily News: Legislation would end Gap Elimination Adjustment

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma, said he is supporting legislation that would abolish the Gap Elimination Adjustment imposed on public schools in New York in 2010.

January 30, 2015
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ADDABBO VISITS YOUTH PROGRAM AT FAR ROCKAWAY YMCA

“I always take any opportunity to visit a local YMCA. The organization shares a valuable, wholesome vision with our youth and I am honored to take a chance to be a part of that,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. “Most recently, I visited P.S.

January 30, 2015
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ADDABBO ATTENDS SCHOLARS ACADEMY CAREER FAIR IN THE ROCKAWAYS

“I was able to attend the career fair at the Scholars Academy in the Rockaways and speak to high school students about both my occupation as well as their interests and goals. Visiting the schools in my district and reaching out to our youth is very important to me, and in the spirit of Career Day it’s vital they are exposed to a variety of employments paths. Principal Brian O’Connell and his staff did a great job in arranging the event and I thank them for inviting me,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr.  

January 30, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON GET ON YOUR FEET LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM AS PROPOSED BY GOVERNOR CUOMO

“The current reality leaves many of our state's post-graduate students in a state of limbo -- they may have a job, but are not earning enough to live in the real world. Some are then forced to either move back home, whether that be in or out of New York, or search for work and a life outside of the state. We want to invest in our students, literally, because as they evolve then so does our own local work force and economy.

January 30, 2015
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STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. ON GOVERNOR CUOMO’S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

"I look forward to exploring the details of the vision for our state presented by Governor Cuomo at his State of the State on Wednesday. His ambitious policy plans and budgetary proposals must be evaluated along with doing what is best for my constituents and the state. I agree with the Governor as he stressed the need for fiscal responsibility, creating jobs, assisting small businesses, tax cuts for homeowners and renters, continuing mayoral control of our schools with improvements and overall progress for the education of our children.

January 30, 2015
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Statement from Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding Her Support for Teachers

"There has been too much demonizing of our teachers lately. As a former teacher, I understand firsthand the obstacles that​ many​ New York educators are facing and the resources they so desperately need in order to help our children. ​Schools’ resources ​must be based on ​the school district​ needs​. While we all agree that there are more improvements to be made to our education system, scapegoating teachers will not provide those improvements."

Background: Earlier today Senate Minority Leader Stewart-Cousins was on 'The Morning Show w. Bob Marrone!' on WFAS. During the interview she discussed her views on the need to support teachers and increase state spending for education.

January 29, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Introduces Legislation to Repeal the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has introduced legislation that would abolish the Gap Elimination Adjustment imposed on public schools in New York in 2010.  The bill (S.2743) would eliminate the GEA starting in 2015-16 and provide school districts the full amount of education aid based on existing budget funding formulas. 

January 29, 2015
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Independent Democratic Conference: More education, housing, child care, smart growth

By Rachel Shapiro on January 20, 2015 at 2:46 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. --  The Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate released a 15-point plan Monday to invest in the state's workforce, education, housing, child care and smart growth communities.

The IDC, a five-member group of Democrats, including state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), has had a coalition with Republicans to give them a working majority in the chamber and give the IDC a larger role in Senate business as co-leaders. Now with an outright majority, Republicans continue to work with the IDC, no longer sharing co-leader roles.

January 28, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Announces Senate Passage of Education Investment Tax Credit

Today, New York State Senator John J. Bonacic announced that the Education Investment Tax Credit (S.1976) passed the New York State Senate.  This legislation would provide incentives in the form of tax credit for donations to public education entitites, school improvement organizations, local education funds, and educational scholarship organizations.  

January 28, 2015
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