Issues: Education

Bill to Provide Budget Relief for School Districts Passes Senate

Allows Financing of Teacher Pension Costs; Yonkers will Save $4.9 million

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S. 4067-A) today that would allow school districts throughout New York to finance their teacher pension costs, a process called "amortization". Under current law, school districts must pay contributions to the New York State Teacher Retirement System in one lump sum. This bill permits districts to issue bonds to cover these costs, which allows them to make payments over time and provides much-needed cash to struggling school districts.

June 24, 2011
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Bill To Establish Naturopathic Doctors As Licensed Professionals In New York State Passes Senate.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I- Port Jefferson) said today that a bill he sponsored to establish naturopathic doctors as licensed professionals in New York State has passed the Senate. This legislation also includes specific requirements for the education and residency training for naturopaths, the creation of a state board for naturopathy, and continuing education provisions.

June 23, 2011
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Warsaw Elementary Group 2

Senator Gallivan was pleased to host a group of 4th Graders from Warsaw Central Elementary School during their recent visit to the Capitol in Albany, NY.

June 22, 2011
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Warsaw Elementary Group 1

Senator Gallivan was pleased to host a group of 4th Graders from Warsaw Central Elementary School during their recent visit to the Capitol in Albany, NY.

June 22, 2011
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$2.9 M Grant Announced To Serve NYC Schools

Queens Gazette quoted Senator Gianaris from the press release announcing of millions of dollars in funding for City Year New York. This initiative was led by Congresswoman Maloney, and Senator Gianaris is grateful for her hard work to make this happen.

June 22, 2011
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Brighton, Odyssey Make Newsweek's Best High Schools List

Newsweek magazine recently ranked the top 500 high schools in America. Two high schools in Senator Robach's district made the list. Brighton High School ranked #147 and Greece Odyssey Academy ranked #175. You can see the entire list of Newsweek's 2011 Best High Schools by clicking on the link below.

http://www.newsweek.com/feature/2011/americas-best-high-schools.html

June 22, 2011
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Senate Gives Final Legislative Passage to Juvenile Sexting and Cyberbullying Prevention Bill

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S.5253B) to divert youth to an education program addressing the sending of nude or obscene photographs through electronic technologies, also known as “sexting,” as well as conduct that constitutes “cyberbullying.”

The bill, entitled the “Cyber-Crime Youth Rescue Act,” sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City), requires the development of an educational program about the numerous perils of sexting and cyberbullying. The program provides an option other than a permanent criminal record for juveniles deemed eligible by a court.

June 22, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Attends Be Free Global’s Fun Fest At The Brooklyn Children’s Museum

On Saturday, June 18, 2011, NYS Senator Eric Adams attended Be Free Global's Fun Fest.  Be Free Global's mission is to link action and ideas for children by providing alternative funding opportunities for creative projects worldwide that improve the lives of children of diverse backgrounds that otherwise may not exist.

June 21, 2011
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Sign Up For Senator Nozzolio's Summer Reading Program

Today, June 21st, is the official First Day of Summer. Encourage your children to continue reading throughout the summer months with my Summer Reading Program. Go to www.nyread.com to visit the State Senate's Summer Reading website where you and your children can sign up and begin their online reading journals. Participating children will receive a Summer Reading Certifiate.

June 21, 2011
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Senator Squadron Announces 2011 SAGE Awards for Graduating Students

 

Service and Government Engagement Awards Recognize Young New Yorkers' Public Service, Community Engagement

NEW YORK --  Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced the third annual Service and Government Engagement (SAGE) Awards, honoring graduating Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn students who have demonstrated public service and a deep commitment to their communities beyond the classroom.

June 21, 2011
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College Preparedness Figures Shows Why NYS Senator Eric Adams Voted Against Mayoral Control Of Schools

Watch NYS Senator Eric Adams speak on the Better Schools Act on the Senate floor in July 2009.  A recent article in The New York Times highlights NY State's high school graduation rates vs. college-ready preparedness rates.   Read the article here.

June 20, 2011
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SENATE PASSES SCHOOL BUS MANDATE RELIEF ACT

The New York State Senate today passed the “School Bus Mandate Relief Act” (S.4434A) to provide schools with budget savings by allowing boards of education to reduce the number of seats provided for student transportation if the seats aren’t being used by students. The measure, sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) is expected to save school districts millions of dollars.

June 17, 2011
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Senate Passes School Bus Mandate Relief Act

The New York State Senate today passed the “School Bus Mandate Relief Act” (S.4434A) to provide schools with budget savings by allowing boards of education to reduce the number of seats provided for student transportation if the seats aren’t being used by students. The measure, sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) is expected to save school districts millions of dollars.

June 17, 2011
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Senator Martins' School Bus Mandate Relief Act Passes Senate

In an effort to provide schools with mandate relief, Senator Jack M. Martins introduced a bill in the Senate that would allow boards of education to reduce the number of seats provided for student transportation if the seats aren’t being used by students. The measure was passed by the Senate on Friday and is expected to save school districts millions of dollars.

June 17, 2011
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Senator Grisanti sponsors bill related to disability history and awareness education

A bill sponsored by New York State Senator Mark Grisanti related to disability history and awareness education was recently approved by the New York State Senate.

The bill will help teachers prepare students to better understand, accept and respect people with disabilities by making available to all children in grades K through 12 educational materials related to disability history and awareness.

June 17, 2011
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LaValle: LIPA/PSC Bill Passes Assembly; Long Island Power Authority Must Get Public Service Commission Approval Before Hiking Rates.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said his legislation that would make rates fair, just and transparent by requiring the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to seek approval by the Public Service Commission (PSC) if LIPA seeks a rate increase by more than two and a half percent per year has been passed by the Assembly and is headed to the Governor’s desk for his signature.  If enacted, the PSC would be required to review and approve LIPA's rate increase requests before they are passed on to Long Island ratepayers. The bill was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Robert Sweeney.

LaValle introduced similar legislation in 2008 that passed both houses of the legislature but was vetoed by then Governor David Paterson.

June 16, 2011
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