Issues: Education

Dignity For All Students Act

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: September 9, 2010Media Contact: Lisa King │(404)587-4496 │lisaking530@gmail.com

 

Landmark “Dignity for All Students Act” Signed Into Law Law prevents discrimination and harassment against students on school grounds

(Jamaica, NY) Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) announced the signing into law of legislation (S. 1987B) that would keep children from facing harassment and abuse at school.

The goal of the ‘Dignity for all Students Act’ is to provide all students with a safe and nurturing school environment conducive to learning by putting an end to harassment and discrimination based on, but not limited to, race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex.

September 8, 2010
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Op-ed on Education

Enhancing the Student Experience Through Parental Involvement and Financial Support

By Senator Shirley L. Huntley 10th Senatorial District

The start of school for New York City children signifies the “unofficial end of summer” for them. From my role as an involved mother, to my early activism as president of Community Board 28, to my current advocacy as State Senator in the 10th senatorial district, I know all too well the affects this transition has on parents and children alike.

September 8, 2010
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CITY’S PLAN WILL STRAND & ENDANGER STATEN ISLAND’S STUDENTS

Lanza urges The Senate Democratic Majority to pass his legislation which would require bus service for students

September 7, 2010
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Senator Foley Celebrates Race to the Top Funding

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) celebrated the announcement today that New York will receive up to $700 million in funding through the federal Race to the Top program.

The award of Race to the Top funding followed dedicated advocacy on the part of Senator Foley and his colleagues in the Majority Conference. In addition to lobbying the federal government, the senate passed a number of pieces of legislation that were critical in helping to obtain the funding. This legislation, which Senator Foley was a key supporter of, included reforming charter school operations and improving teacher and principal evaluations.

September 3, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR GOLDEN ON NEW SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION IN DISTRICT 20

New Seats at PS/IS 163 and IS 259 Total More Than 1,000

Brooklyn – State Senator Marty Golden today issued the following statement in response to Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein’s announcement regarding new school construction that has been completed and will open in time for the new 2010-2011 school year:

“The new school year hasn’t even started yet and we are off to a great start. District 20 is among the many school districts in New York City to have benefited from the efforts of Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein to see that this year, more than 17,000 new seats have been added citywide, as a result of the $13.1 billion capital program approved in 2006.

September 1, 2010
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Statement on the Retirement of UB President Simpson

“President John B. Simpson’s vision and leadership has made a positive contribution to the students and faculty at the University at Buffalo, as well as our entire Western New York community. 

August 29, 2010
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Greece Central School District Summer Commencement Ceremony

On Thursday, August 26th, Senator Robach took part in the 2010 Greece Central School District Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony, which took place at Greece Athena High School, honored graduates of the district's Adult Literacy GED program, Bridges Program, and high school graduates from Greece Arcadia, Greece Olympia, Greece Athena, and Odyssey Academy.

August 27, 2010
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Back to School schedule - September 2010


First day of school for all New York City public school students:

Wednesday, September 8

There is no school on Thursday, September 9 and Friday, September 10 for New York City public school students due to the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

August 26, 2010
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the Annoucement that ProLiteracy will be Moving to Syracuse's Near Westside with Ruth Colvin, Founder of Literacy Volunteers of America.

Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the Annoucement that ProLiteracy will be Moving to Syracuse's Near Westside with Ruth Colvin, Founder of Literacy Volunteers of America.

August 26, 2010
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SENATE PRESIDENT MALCOLM A. SMITH PHOTO OF THE WEEK

SENATE PRESIDENT MALCOLM A. SMITH JOINED GOVERNOR DAVID A. PATTERSON, ASSEMBLY SPEAKER SHELDON SILVER, UFT PRESIDENT MICHAEL MULGREW, SENATOR SUZI OPPENHEIMER, AND BOARD OF REGENT CHANCELLOR MERRYL TISCH FOR A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE THAT NEW YORK WON $700M IN RACE TO THE TOP FUNDS.

August 26, 2010
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State Senator Kevin Parker announces a victory for students and schools

(Brooklyn, NY) "I am pleased to announce that New York won $700 million in Race to the Top funding for our schools today," said State Senator Kevin Parker (D-21). In announcing the recipients of Race to the Top funds, U.S.

August 25, 2010
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State Senator Kevin Parker announces a victory for students and schools

 (Brooklyn, NY) "I am pleased to announce that New York won $700 million in Race to the Top funding for our schools today," said State Senator Kevin Parker (D-21). In announcing the recipients of Race to the Top funds, U.S.

August 25, 2010
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ADDABBO REPORTS TO HIS DISTRICT ON NEW YORK'S RACE TO THE TOP AWARD

Member, NYS Senate’s Education Committee, Made Reform & Funding a NYS Priority

 

August 25, 2010
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New York is Awarded Race to the Top Funds

STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER PEDRO ESPADA, JR. (D-BRONX) REGARDING THE RACE TO THE TOP AWARD

August 25, 2010
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Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson's Remarks On "Race To The Top" Award

Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson's remarks about New York's "Race to the Top" award.

August 25, 2010
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Glens Falls, Abe Wing school districts get money to study merger

By OMAR RICARDO AQUIJE oaquije@poststar.com | Posted: Monday, August 23, 2010 6:08 pm

GLENS FALLS -- A merger between the two public school districts in the city is a topic that has surfaced at times in the last two decades.

Now it is back, after the state Department of State announced Friday that a $37,800 grant will pay to study if it's feasible for the Glens Falls City School District to merge with the Glens Falls Common (Abraham Wing) School District.

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August 25, 2010
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Race to the Top Press Conference

Senator Oppenheimer speaks at the press conferenceannouncing New York's victory in the Race to the Top competition.  From Lto R:  Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Speaker Sheldon Silver, Michael Mulgrew,President of the United Federation of Teachers, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer,Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, New York City Counsel SpeakerChristine Quinn

August 25, 2010
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Senate Education Chair, Suzi Oppenheimer, Hails New York Educators and Advocates for Race to the Top Victory

Photo Caption:  Senator Oppenheimer listens to Mayor Michael Bloomberg atpress conference announcing New York's winning of $700 million in Race tothe Top funding.  From L to R: Senator John Sampson, Mayor MichaelBloomberg, Michael Mulgrew, Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Christine Quinn,Speaker of the NYC Counsel, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer

August 25, 2010
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Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Encourages Parents to Read Aloud to Their Children to Prepare Them for School

As thoughts turn from summer vacations to back-to-school preparations, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) reminded parents that reading aloud to their young kids is one of the best ways to prepare them for the challenges of a new school year.  Senator Oppenheimer, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, recently participated in an early literacy awareness event at the Open Door Family Medical Center in Ossining.  

Reading the popular children’s book, “Five Little Monkeys” by Eileen Christelow, the Senator captivated her young audience, who joined in with the refrain “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”  The children and their parents were at the Open Door Family Medical Center for pediatric check-ups.  

August 25, 2010
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