Issues: Education

Senator Flanagan’s Legislation To Restore School Funding Lost Under The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) Approved By Senate Education Committee

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that his legislation to accelerate the restoration of funding lost by school districts under the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) has been approved by the Senate Education Committee.  The legislation (S.5452) would establish a definitive timetable for making full restoration of GEA funding to all school districts over a three-year period.

February 4, 2014
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Another Voice: Education Investment Tax Credit will benefit schools and all New Yorkers

By Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Jane Corwin and Mark GrisantiTwo seemingly unrelated news items last week combined to make a powerful point.The first was the Catholic Diocese’s announcement that it would close 10 schools. Universally, reaction could only be described as pain and sadness.The second was the Oscar nominations. Why? Because several of the films contending for the honor were produced with the help of a New York tax credit that has helped our state.In 2014, why can’t we have a tax credit that will help save children, parents and our communities from suffering through the continual closing of their Catholic and other schools?A bipartisan group of legislators from Western New York is co-sponsoring exactly such legislation.

February 3, 2014
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Chief School Administrators of Putnam/Northern Westchester Common Core Forum

Senator Stewart-Cousins, along with Aseemblymember Shelley Mayer and other elected officials, met with School administrators from Westchester and Putnam Counties held at an open forum to discuss concerns about the NYS Dept. of Education's implementation of Common Core standards on Thursday, January 30th.

February 2, 2014
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NY Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk cited by School Boards Association

KINGSTON FREEMAN

ALBANY >> state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk has been named the “2014 State Senate Legislative Freshman Leader of the Year” by the state School Boards Association.

Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, “has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to public education issues,” School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy Kremer said in a press release. “She has met with boards of education, participated in educational forums and events and made state aid for education a top legislative priority.”

Tkaczyk served as president of her local school board before being elected to represent the state’s 46th Senate District. She said she was honored to receive the recognition from the School Boards Association.

January 31, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS SHARES IN JOY OF READING WITH MUNSEY PARK SCHOOL STUDENTS

Senator Jack M. Martins recently spend a Friday morning sharing a book with the students at the Munsey Park Elementary School as part of the school's "Guess Who's Coming to Read" program, which encourages reading. It's a fun way to learn and reinforces how reading can be a fun adventure with every book. 

January 31, 2014
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Holy Cross Anti-Bullying Assembly

It was great to go back to my Alma Mater, Holy Cross School, to help them kickoff their anti-bullying assembly today. There were a few great presentations by the students, and a great message of anti-bullying. Many thanks for inviting me to help kickoff this event!

January 31, 2014
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Your Voice with Senator Maziarz

Senator Maziarz discusses Common Core, Jobs for Heroes, and his meeting with the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce on this week's episode of Your Voice. 

January 31, 2014
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STATEMENT ON COMMON CORE REGENTS

On Thursday, January 23rd, the New York State Senate Education Committee met with State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. to discuss the flawed implementation of the Common Core curriculum and to find out what he was prepared to do to help students, parents and teachers.

During the meeting, I specifically asked the Commissioner about changes to Regents Exams to match Common Core standards.  I have serious concerns for our students who will be forced to take Common Core based Regents Exams without the proper preparation.  I asked the Commissioner to address this issue.

January 31, 2014
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Sen. Parker Advocates for NYC DOE to Reverse its Decision to Close Fahari Academy Charter School

In a letter to New York City Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Farina, Senator Kevin Parker requested the Brooklyn charter school be given additional time to demonstrate and build upon its success. Despite strong community and elected official support, this past November the NYC DOE made the ill-advised decision not to renew the charter for Fahari Academy School, co-located at Walt Whitman Middle School in Flatbush. 

To read more, please click on the link below. 

File: 
01282014 Letter to Chancellor Farina re Fahari Academy.pdf

January 30, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Room 124 CAP

February 4, 10:03 AM - 10:12 AM
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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN EAST STREET SCHOOL AMAZING READING RACE

Senator Jack M. Martins was a guest reader in the Amazing Reading Race Through Space Read-In at the East Street School in Hicksville. Senator Martins and the students read a book and then discussed it. The program encourages reading by stressing that reading takes students on an amazing journey. 

January 30, 2014
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FARLEY, FAHY INTRODUCE LEGISLATION THAT ALLOWS FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE IN PLACE OF SUSPENSION IN SCHOOLS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) joins Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy (D-Albany) in introducing legislation that will allow for community service to be made an option to be in place of or in conjunction with suspension of students in public schools.

“I am pleased to join with Assemblywoman Fahy in sponsoring this legislation,” said Senator Farley. “Our bill would provide schools with greater flexibility in disciplining students. While suspension may be appropriate in many cases, there are other situations where an alternate approach may be more effective and more beneficial to both the student and the affected community.”

January 30, 2014
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Senate Education Committee Meeting - January 23, 2014

I recently joined my colleagues on the New York State Senate Education Committee to meet with Education Commissioner John King, where I had the chance to express concerns of many of my constituents on a variety of education issues such as Common Core and high stakes testing. 

You can watch the entire hearing here. 

January 30, 2014
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Crowded Woodside Middle School to Get 600-Seat Addition

In celebrating an expansion at IS 125 in Woodside, Senator Gianaris said, “I am glad that after years of bringing attention to the overcrowding at IS 125 the School Construction Authority listened to our community and funded a much needed expansion. However, my joy pales in comparison to that of the students who will no longer have to go to class in run-down trailers. As our neighborhood continues to grow, fighting overcrowding and ensuring every child has access to a quality education is of paramount importance. This expansion marks a giant step in the right direction, and I will continue working with Principal Mittler, parents, students, and teachers here to make sure this project is completed as soon as possible.”

January 30, 2014
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Gianaris, Simotas, Elected Leaders Rally for Noise Relief at PS 85Q

Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, Councilman Peter Vallone and Councilman-elect Costa Constantinides joined community leaders, parents, teachers and students from PS 85Q at a rally to demand the MTA and DOE address noise problems created by passing trains.

January 30, 2014
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News12 Segment on School Aid

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) joins News12 to discuss the upcoming budget battle over state education funding - January 27, 2014

January 29, 2014
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Your Voice with Senator Joe Griffo

Senator Griffo discusses the 2014 budget, economic growth, business incentives, education reform with host Julia Lilkendey.

January 29, 2014
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Senator Stavisky Welcomes New York City Council Members in Albany

 

Albany, NY— Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) welcomed a delegation of New York City Council Members to her office in Albany to discuss collaboration between the city and the state on issues such as taxation, universal pre-K and the minimum wage.

January 29, 2014
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SENATORS TO KING: DELAY COMMON CORE OR WE WILL

From Newsday

By Michael Gormley

New York's Senate Thursday threatened to take legislative action to delay the implementation of a Common Core curriculum in schools that has stressed students, angered parents and anguished teachers.

"Do not force this body . . . to come up with a legislative solution," Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) warned Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. at Thursday's education committee meeting.

"Hit the delay button!" said Sen. George Latimer (D-Port Chester), slamming the table as he sat next to King. "Hit it!"

January 28, 2014
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