Issues: Education

Charter School Hearing: Standing Room Only

On April 22, 2010, Senator Perkins, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions held a public hearing to take a look at the growing charter school industry and to examine if the democratic vision of public education is being fulfilled .

May 7, 2010
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Charter School Hearing: Chairman Perkins, Senator Montgomery & Senator Johnson.

(right to left: Chairman Perkins, Senator Montgomery & Senator Johnson.)

On April 22, 2010, Senator Perkins, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions held a public hearing to take a look at the growing charter school industry and to examine if the democratic vision of public education is being fulfilled.  

May 7, 2010
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Sayville HS Student Anna Mizzi Chosen To 'Shadow' Senator Owen Johnson at State Capitol

In Senate Chamber from left to right:  John DiVito, Senator Owen H. Johnson staff; Anna Mizzi, Sayville High School; Senator Owen H. Johnson.

May 6, 2010
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Reform Needed For Public And Charter Schools

For  immediate releaseContact: Ken Houston: 716.854.8705

 

ALBANY, NY-  The New York State Senate took a vote Monday on a bill that would more than double the number of charter schools.    While the bill takes bold steps forward to provide greater accountability and transparency for charter schools, the bill is unlikely to pass the State Assembly, and is distracting from the budget process.

May 6, 2010
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Senate Passes Stavisky Bill Requiring Transparency For SUNY, CUNY And Higher Education Services Corp Trustees

The New York State Senate unanimously passed Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky’s bill that would increase transparency of  the Board of Trustees of the state and city universities and the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) by making resolutions and board actions available to the public seven days after the meeting.  

May 5, 2010
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SENATORS SALAND, HANNON, LITTLE AND O. JOHNSON ANNOUNCE LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE TO STOP BULLYING IN NYS

 Recent news stories have highlighted a number of vicious incidents of bullying in New York schools that show this type of peer abuse has become more pervasive and destructive. Last month, a West Islip teen hanged herself after being harassed by cyber-bullies who taunted her even in death. Another West Islip teenager was repeatedly cyber-bullied and beaten so badly by a classmate that she had to have reconstructive surgery on her face.

May 4, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE SUPPORTS ANTI-BULLYING BILLS –

Package of Bills Address Bullying, Cyber-Bullying, and Hazing

May 4, 2010
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Griffo Unveils Anti-Bullying Bills For Child Safety

(Albany) – Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C)  today joined members of the Senate Republican Conference in announcing the introduction of a legislative slate of bills targeted to prevent bullying, cyber-bullying and hazing among New York schoolchildren. 

Senator Griffo is co-sponsoring a legislative package which would also prohibit any type of bullying on school property or school functions, increase the penalties for hazing, and establish a statewide central registry for reporting bullying, cyber-bullying and hazing complaints. 

May 4, 2010
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Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains his vote on the Charter School bill.

Senator DeFrancisco explains why he is voted "YES" on Charter Schools bill.

Senator DeFrancisco voted "yes" to better the chances of avoiding layoffs to thousands of teachers and other school district employees throughout the State of New York.

May 4, 2010
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May 3, 2010
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Strengthening NY's Educational System: Senate Passes Legislation To Increase Number of Charter Schools & Enact New Accountability Standards

As part of its efforts to enhance New York’s ability to receive federal funding in Phase II of the Race to the Top competition, the State Senate passed legislation (S.7678) to increase the charter school cap and strengthen educational reforms through greater transparency, accountability and educational opportunities for special needs students. 

May 3, 2010
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