Issues: Education

Senator Díaz Has Some Reservations About Agreement to Close ‘Rubber Rooms’

April 15, 2010For Immediate Release

Senator Díaz Has Some Reservations About Agreement to Close ‘Rubber Rooms’

Bronx, NY - State Senator Rubén Díaz, Sr. today remarked that he continues to have concerns about the agreement that was reached between New York City and the teachers’ union to close the so-called ‘rubber rooms’.

“Any time two sides can come to an agreement, especially regarding such a contentious issue as the ‘rubber rooms’, that is good news,” stated Senator Díaz.

April 15, 2010
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Keep Excellent and Effective Professionals in the Classroom

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

By Senator Rubén Díaz

Families living in my community in the Bronx confront and overcome enormous challenges every day. As budget negotiations play out upstate and in the City, it’s becoming increasingly clear that our community could be hit hard again and this time, it’s our children who will unjustly bear the brunt of the pain.

April 15, 2010
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Save our Teachers

SAVE OUR TEACHERS!

This Sunday, support the KEEP Act!

“Keep Excellent & Effective Professionals in the Classroom”

• State budget cuts will cause NYC to lose up to 8500 teachers

• “Last In, First Out” restrictions mean the last teachers hired are the first to lose their     jobs.

• Under current rules, some school districts could lose up to 20% of their teachers!

April 18, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Daily News Supports Senator Diaz Bill S7346

Daily News Editorial

April 14, 2010

Two city legislators have emerged as profiles in courage in Albany. Manhattan Assemblyman Jonathan Bing and Bronx Sen. Ruben Diaz have introduced revolutionary bills that would elevate the interests of New York school children over the hidebound, destructive contract rights of teachers.

The state's historic budget crisis is driving the Department of Education toward laying off more than 5,000 teachers. If that were to happen under the current rules, disaster would follow.

April 14, 2010
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Senator Maziarz visits Errick Road Elementary School

Senator George Maziarz recently had the pleasure of meeting with 4th graders at Errick Road Elementary School in North Tonawanda to talk about how a bill becomes a law.

April 13, 2010
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Yonkers Rising: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Congratulates Students From YMCA Youth & Government Group

Last week, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins presented certificates of achievement to participants of the YMCA Youth and Government Group at a reception held at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry. Last year, Stewart-Cousins secured funding through a legislative grant to create the Youth and Government Group, comprised of students from Pleasantville High School and the Yonkers YMCA.

April 13, 2010
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Senator Little Meets Youth & Government Students

    Senator Betty Little discusses the legislative process with a group of North Country students who were in Albany to participate in the YMCA's "Youth & Government" program. 

 

April 12, 2010
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Education Rally at Gorton High School

On April 6th, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins speaks at Gorton High School during an education rally to discuss local school funding.

April 9, 2010
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Senator Oppenheimer to Speak at Annual Autism Spectrum Information Fair

 

Senator Urges Awareness and Advocacy as part of Autism Awareness Month

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) will speak at Navigating the Spectrum’s 4th Annual Autism Information Fair on Sunday, April 18th at the Westchester County Center.  The event is co-sponsored by the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health.  

April 7, 2010
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Griffo Says Broadband Cuts Hurt Upstate Jobs

(Albany) - State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today reacted with alarm to Albany’s plan to renege on a commitment for matching funds for sorely needed high-speed Internet access to North Country homes and businesses.

Senate and Assembly Democrats stripped $100 million in funding from the state budget for broadband matching grants, including at least $2 million that, together with federal stimulus funding, was planned for projects in rural St. Lawrence County, according to a story in today’s Journal News.

“Democrats called their plan a ‘roadmap,’ but cutting funds for programs that are tied to job growth and economic revitalization can only lead to a dead end for North Country jobs and businesses,” Griffo said.

April 7, 2010
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Senator Montgomery' 2010 Juvenile Justice Reform Agenda

Click the pdf link below to view the Senator's 2010 Juvenile Justice Reform Agenda

File: 
2010 Juvenile Justice Reform Agenda

April 7, 2010
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August 21, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Sen. Foley is Joined by Community Leaders in an Effort to Increase Participation in 2010 Census

Civic leaders and activists from local communities in Suffolk County joined Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) as he called for increased participation in the U.S Census. The 2010 Census awareness event, which took place at the Brentwood Public Library, was centered around relaying the importance of Census participation and giving community members the tools necessary to educate their friends, family, and neighbors about the Census.  

April 1, 2010
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Congratulations Copiague High School Class of 2010 Top Ten

Photo left to right:  Assemblyman Robert Sweeney; Dariusz Sulima; Marta Sulima; Monika Sulima; Malgorzata Sulima; Senator Owen H. Johnson; and Superintendent Charles Leunig.

Marta and Monika Sulima, seniors at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School have made District history by becoming the first twins ever to earn the recognition of valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.  They were among the top 10 students introduced at the February 27th Copiague Public Schools Legislative Breakfast by High School Principal Albert J. Voorneveld, Jr.

April 1, 2010
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3/23/2010: Resolution Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the United Federation of Teachers

Senate Resolution No. 4412

BY: Senator SAMPSON

 

COMMEMORATING the 50th Anniversary of the

United Federation of Teachers

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize the

achievements of the United Federation of Teachers as it celebrates its

50th Anniversary in March 2010; and

March 30, 2010
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Hilton Middle School Honored as 'School to Watch'

“Essential Elements School to Watch" designation for Merton Williams Middle School from NYS Education Department; national award ceremony June 24 in Washington, DC

Principal Carol Stehm of Hilton Central School District's Merton Williams Middle School has announced that the school was designated a 2010 Essential Elements School to Watch by the New York State Education Department's Schools to Watch Leadership Team. “This really is about our staff and the work they do everyday,” Principal Stehm said. “It’s the dedication to the students that truly makes us a school to watch.”

March 30, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson

Nothing is more important than our shared Constitutional obligation to a sound, basic, and quality education.

March 29, 2010
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