Issues: Education

Senator Foley, Assemblyman Englebright, Commissioner Grannis Celebrate Groundbreaking Legislation

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point), Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D – Setauket) and Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis were joined today by environmental advocates today to celebrate the signing of the Child Safe Playing Fields Act. This law protects children and the environment by banning the use of harmful pesticides on school fields and playgrounds, as well as at daycare centers.

August 11, 2010
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Landmark Education Reforms Secure New York's Place as Finalist in Race to the Top Competition

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), chair of the Senate Education Committee, today expressed confidence that the sweeping education reforms she sponsored in the Senate have not only ensured New York’s inclusion as a finalist for federal Race to the Top funding, but will also make the state a strong contender in the final phase of the competition.  At stake is up to $700 million in federal education dollars.

August 4, 2010
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Senator Foley Announces Agreement on SUNY Empowerment

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) announced today that through his own advocacy, and that of his colleague, Senator William T. Stachowski, a bicameral agreement has been reached on the SUNY Empowerment legislation.

“Higher education is a lynchpin in so many ways and we must ensure that our students are receiving the best possible education,” said Senator Foley. “Allowing some of our state’s institutions of higher learning, including Stony Brook University, to have flexibility in setting tuition rates and entering into public-private partnerships will allow the schools to offer smaller class sizes and greater educational opportunities for our students.”

August 4, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson, Senator Brian X. Foley And Senator William T. Stachowski

We have reached a framework agreement on SUNY/CUNY empowerment.

Higher education is a lifeline for our children and for working-class New Yorkers. Increasing our investments in higher education to reduce class size, create jobs, and foster public/private partnerships, will ensure our SUNY and CUNY systems remain top ranked institutions, and guarantee the next generation of New York’s thinkers, leaders and workers will have the tools to excel.

August 3, 2010
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Senator Robach Talks Budget with 13WHAM

On Wednesday, July 27th, Senator Robach joined Evan Dawson and Norma Holland on 13WHAM News This Morning. During his interview, Senator Robach discussed the issues around the New York State budget and also discussed Mayoral Control for the City of Rochester. To see the story, click here.

 

July 28, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Diane J. Savino's Career Fair 2010

In an effort to assist those in their search for employment opportunities, my office is hosting a Career Fair this Tuesday, August 3, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Brighton Heights Reformed Church, located at 320 St Marks Place in Staten Island, NY.

Over 70 employers will be in attendance, looking to fill positions in a variety of fields including Civil Service, Banking, Customer Service, Warehouse and Factory, Retail and Sales, Food Service, and Health Care.

Job searchers will have the opportunity to attend free workshops on Job Readiness, Interview Skills and Financial Empowerment/Management.  To participate in the workshop, please RSVP to savinoevents@gmail.com.

Job Seekers with all levels of experience and education are welcome!

August 3, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Statement By Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Chair Of The Senate Higher Education Committee

I am delighted that New York has been named a finalist for Race to the Top funding.  This means our children have an even better chance at a top notch education, and we can all agree that one of the fundamental building blocks for a successful community is a world class school system.  Top notch schools produce an educated workforce, which is the foundation for opportunity, achievement and success. 

July 27, 2010
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Statement Of Senator Suzi Oppenheimer On Announcement That New York Is A Finalist For Federal Race To The Top Funds

With New York's inclusion today as a finalist in the federal Race to the Top competition, we are seeing the first results of the sweeping education reforms I sponsored in the Senate. The innovations we have already implemented will improve our schools and enhance the educational experience for generations of students, while at the same time making New York a strong contender for these federal funds.

July 27, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson On New York Reaching Race To The Top Finals

New York is back where it belongs in the Race to the Top. Today, we have moved one step closer to improving all of New York’s schools, so all of New York’s children have the world class education they deserve.” By passing legislation to raise the charter cap, reform charter schools, improve teacher evaluation, and invest in tracking educational outcomes, the Senate Democratic Majority helped give New York the competitive advantage it needed to become a finalist in the Race to the Top. This is a shining example of what the Senate Democratic Majority can accomplish for the State of New York. I applaud the extraordinary leadership of Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner Steiner in crafting New York’s application for Race to the Top funding. 

July 27, 2010
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NYS Senate - Senator Perkins - Intern Debate - 07/26/10

NYS Senate - Senator Perkins - Intern Debate - 07/26/10

July 27, 2010
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Senator Robach Spends Annual Reading Day at the Harley School

On Tuesday, July 20, Senator Robach took part in 'Annual Reading Day' at the Harley School. Horizons at Harley is a summer Student Enrichment Program that provides low-income Rochester children with a unique combination of academic, social, cultural, wellness, and recreational learning experiences that support their success in school and in life. One hundred twenty five children in grades K-8 attend Horizons each summer for six weeks at The Harley School.

July 21, 2010
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HESC.org - Providing Students and Parents with New York State College Financial Aid Information

 

As the 2010-2011 school year approaches, students and families in our district have important financial decisions to make.  Financing a college education can be a challenge filled with many questions and concerns.  The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), as the State's student financial aid agency, can provide helpful information and application forms.  HESC's database allows students and parents to explore careers, apply for financial aid, search colleges and compare college financing information faster and more efficiently.

July 20, 2010
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Improving Our Schools

Race to the Top Legislation Highlights the Benefits of Consensus Approach

By: State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer

In May, the New York Legislature and Governor Paterson enacted sweeping education reforms that will pave the way for innovations to close the achievement gap and better prepare our students to compete in the global economy.  I was privileged to take part in the negotiations over these reforms and to sponsor the historic legislation that was passed in the Senate.  

July 19, 2010
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Agreement to Restore Yonkers Education Funding

Today, we are happy to announce that working with Senator Sampson, Assembly Speaker Silver, State Comptroller DiNapoli, and Governor Paterson, an agreement has been reached which enables the City of Yonkers to adopt and certify its budget to include the $36.4 million in education funding that had been vetoed.

July 14, 2010
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Senator Foley Fights to Restore Education Funding

Senator Foley was joined by education advocates to call on the senate to vote in favor of overriding Governor Paterson's veto of the budget bill, which deprived the state of $600 million in restorations for education funding.

July 13, 2010
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Senator Foley Fights to Restore Education Funding

Senator Foley was joined by education advocates to call on the senate to vote in favor of overriding Governor Paterson's veto of the budget bill, which deprived the state of $600 million in restorations for education funding.

July 13, 2010
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