Issues: Education

Seeking Cost-Efficient Solutions to School Overcrowding

In light of the decision by the judge handling the St. Vincent's Hospital bankruptcy case to approve St. Vincent's retention of a real estate advisor, I joined New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and our other local elected officials in sending a strongly-worded letter to St. Vincent's Chief Restructuring Officer Mark Toney regarding the disposition of the properties.  Since, regrettably, we have not heard from Mr. Toney, our primary contact with St. Vincent's, in quite some time, we reached out to him to reiterate the necessity of restoring a full acute care hospital and a 24-hour emergency room on Manhattan's Lower West Side.

January 12, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Named Chairman of Senate Education Committee

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), who has been a leader in the fight to secure Long Island’s fair share of state education aid, has been selected as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education.

The selection, which was announced by Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, will help Senator Flanagan expand his role in the fight to protect the educational system of both Long Island and the entire State of New York.  In this new position, Senator Flanagan will have a clearer and more effective voice in shaping the educational goals of our state and the future of the state’s children.

January 11, 2011
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Senator Seward Receives Key Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 01/11/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is set to fight for vital insurance, health, education and budget needs in the new senate session after receiving committee assignments.

SENATOR SEWARD 2011 – 2012 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS Insurance – chair, Agriculture,  Education, Finance,  Health, Higher Education, Mental Health, Rules

January 11, 2011
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LaValle Named Chair of Senate Higher Education Committee.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I – Port Jefferson) was today named Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Committee on Higher Education, a post he previously held for nearly 30 years.

“As the former Chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Higher Education, Senator LaValle has earned a reputation as an expert on issues related to higher education here in New York.  In this capacity, he’ll be responsible for ensuring that our SUNY and CUNY systems continue to be outstanding institutions of learning which prepare our students for the future.  I am pleased to name Senator LaValle to chair this prestigious committee and know he’ll do a fine job,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.

January 11, 2011
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Senator Ranzenhofer visits Clarence High School

Over 100 Clarence High School seniors in Government and Public Affairs classes heard from State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer in January. Senator Ranzenhofer talked about representing the 61st Senate District in the State Legislature and answered questions from students on issues such as funding for education, UB2020 legislation and ways to cut the State budget deficit.

January 10, 2011
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Manorville's Cadet Robert Pellicci is Congratulated by Senator Ken LaValle

Senator LaValle nominated Robert to SUNY Maritime College where he is studying to become a mechanical engineer. Congratulations Robert!

January 7, 2011
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NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES START OF KINDERGARTEN ADMISSIONS PROCESS


Families Should Apply Directly to Schools By March 4, 2011


 

The New York City Department of Education today announced key enrollment dates for families of children who will begin kindergarten in September 2011. Families should apply in person between January 10 and March 4 at their zoned school. Families may also apply to any other schools which their children are eligible to attend. Schools will notify families about assignment offers beginning March 21. To accept an offer, families must visit the school that made the offer between March 28 and April 15 and pre-register their children.

January 7, 2011
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Our Children Do Not Deserve This!

For Immediate Release

January 4, 2011

Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz and Community Leader Luis Sepulveda:

Our Children Do Not Deserve This!

January 5, 2011
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NYS Senate Intern Opportunities

Click the pdf link below to download the application.

File: 
Intern Application 2011

January 4, 2011
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Open Letter from Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz to Board of Regents

January 3, 2011Dr. Merryl H. TischChancellorNew York State Board of Regents9 East 79th StreetNew York, New York 10075 Dear Chancellor Tisch:This letter is to express my strong opposition to budget cutting measures that are being proposed by the Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education Committee to eliminate all Language Regents Exams with the exception of Spanish and French.I am against the elimination of these exams, and support their immediate reinstatement. It is my fervent belief that the New York State Board of Regents should be setting a standard of excellence in education by continuing to support the study of many languages, including Italian, Latin, Hebrew and German.

January 3, 2011
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Staff of I.S.138Q in Rosedale

Senate President Malcolm A. Smith toured P.S. 138Q in Rosedale. Senator Smith also dropped off toys to students at the school as part of his annual Winter Wonderland Toy Drive.

 

December 21, 2010
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NYSPHSAA Announces Scholar/Athlete Team Awards

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced the Fall 2010 Scholar/Athlete team award for each fall sport around the state. Congratulations to the following schools in Senator Robach's district for finishing in the top 10 of their respective sport:

Greece Athena High School - 98.266 (Boys Cross Country)

Greece Arcadia High School - 96.718 (Girls Soccer)

Greece Athena High School - 97.378 (Birls Volleyball)

 

December 21, 2010
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Peralta calls for new school for immigrants

Times Ledger

A few days after former Hearst Magazines Chairwoman Cathie Black received her waiver to become city schools chancellor, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) already had a potential assignment.

Peralta said in a letter to Black dated Dec. 3 that he wanted her to consider establishing an immigrant school near Newtown High School at 48-01 90th St. in Elmhurst. The school’s future has been in question, and Peralta said creating this new school could help with the overcrowding at Newtown.

December 16, 2010
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Student Anthology Publication Party

On Friday, December 10th, Senator Robach attended, and spoke at, Thomas Jefferson High School's "Student Anthology Publication Party". This was presented by Writers & Books and the Academy of Performing and Visual Arts at TJHS. Forty students attended the event which also included six performers.

December 14, 2010
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Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Hosts Middle School Geography Bee

On November 30, 2010, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) hosted a geography bee for local middle school students at the Port Chester Middle School. Five area middle schools – Anne M. Dorner Middle School in Ossining, Blind Brook Middle School in Rye Brook, the Eastview and Highlands Campuses of the White Plains School District, and the Port Chester Middle School – sent teams of students to the competition.

Eddie Romero, an eighth grade student at the Port Chester Middle School won the geography bee, while Ryann Gutierrez, another Port Chester eighth grader, was a close runner-up. All of the students were bright and worthy competitors.

December 14, 2010
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NYC Department of Education Parent Coordinator Breakfast

You are cordially invited to join New York State Senator

Shirley L. Huntley, Thursday, December 16, 2010 for her

NYC Dept. of Education Parent Coordinators Holiday Breakfast

December 16, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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SENATE PRESIDENT MALCOLM A. SMITH AND NEW NYC CHANCELLOR CATHIE BLACK TOUR QUEENS HIGH SCHOOL

 

 

(Hillcrest, NY)- Senate President Malcolm A. Smith was joined by the new NYC Chancellor Cathie Black, Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) and Councilman James F. Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) for a tour of Hillcrest High School today. They toured several classrooms and met with students and teachers.

December 13, 2010
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December 13, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: SUPERINTENDENT SALARY CAP PLAN COULD SAVE LI TAXPAYERS MILLIONS

New York State Should Consider New Jersey Salary Cap Plan 

December 10, 2010
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