Issues: Education

Sen. Jose Peralta Urges NYS Senate Republicans To Act Like Rick Perry--On DREAM Act

As reported by New York Daily News:

Sen. Jose Peralta, a Democrat and prime sponsor of a bill to create a state DREAM Act, invoked conservative Texas Gov. Rick Perry in urging his Republican colleagues to support the measure.

"We have an opportunity here in New York to build on the growing national consensus, among business, labor and Republican and Democratic leaders, on both the need for immigration reform and the obvious economic benefits of reform.”

The Peralta DREAM Act bill would allow allow state financial assistance to go to the college kids of illegal immigrants.

Perry signed a different version of the DREAM Act that allows the kids of undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Texas state colleges.

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March 13, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education  Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair  10:00 AM, Tuesday, March 25, 2014  Room 124 CAP

March 25, 10:00 AM - 10:03 AM
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Senator Ken LaValle’s Bill To Change The Method of Board of Regents Appointments Passes Senate

Albany, March 13, 2014 - Senator Ken LaValle’s Legislation to alter the way Board of Regents members are selected passed the New York State Senate today.   The action came two days after the State Assembly reelected the three Incumbent Board of Regents members amidst the uprise over the Common Core Curriculum implementation.

March 13, 2014
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Senator Maziarz advances effort to reform Regents selection process

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that today the Senate approved legislation (S.2031-A) to change how members of the New York State Board of Regents are selected.  The 17-member Board of Regents is responsible for supervising educational activities in the state, including the public education system and the SUNY system.

March 13, 2014
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Ranzenhofer explains vote against Board of Regents confirmation

Senator Ranzenhofer explains his vote against confirming four Board of Regents candidates for re-election.  The State Assembly is responsible for nominating candidates for the Board of Regents.

March 13, 2014
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Senator Serrano Meets with Students from Manhattan Country School

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano met with 7th and 8th grade students from the Manhattan Country School, who traveled to Albany to discuss current education policies. The students spoke with the Senator about the School to Prison Pipeline, a term used to refer to the current trend of the criminalization of students in schools, which often leads to them ending up in the juvenile justice system. The students discussed ways to put an end to this disturbing pattern that disproportionally affects minority students.

March 13, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN VOTES “NO” ON BOARD OF REGENTS INCUMBENTS

Senator Gallivan stands up for our students and against the status quo

March 12, 2014
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March 17, 2:30 PM - 2:49 PM
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WESTBURY SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIALS MEET WITH SENATOR MARTINS IN STATE CAPITOL

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) recently welcomed Westbury School District Superintendent Dr. Mary Lagnado and members of the Westbury School District Board of Education to the State Capitol in Albany. 

     Senator Martins discussed a variety of issues with the officials, including the need to deliver additional state education aid to the district so that it can serve its rapidly growing student population.

     Senator Martins (center) is pictured as he meets with Dr. Lagnado (second left) and Board of Education members (l-r) Karin Campbell, Leslie Davis, and Pless Dickerson in the Senate Chambers in Albany.

 

March 12, 2014
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STATEMENT ON BOARD OF REGENTS VOTE

Today, I voted against all the candidates who were nominated to fill the four open spots on the Board of Regents. My vote serves two purposes. First, was to express my outrage with the Common Core roll out. Second, to voice my opposition to the methodology of how Regents are nominated and elected in our State. Currently, each member of the combined legislature, a total of 213 representatives, get a vote, therefore by virtue of the numbers the selection is controlled by the majority in the state Assembly.

March 12, 2014
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State Senator Ken LaValle Statement On Board of Regents Members Vote

Albany, March 11, 2014 - Today, on behalf of the anxious students and frustrated parents and teachers I represent, I will oppose all four of the Regents the Assembly brought before us for a vote.  I cannot and will not accept the status quo from the Board of Regents- the group responsible for the flawed implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards – who seem to have turned a deaf ear on the demand of so many to delay the implementation process.  

March 12, 2014
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FELDER HOSTS GROUP OF 200 STUDENTS AT THE STATE CAPITOL IN ALBANY

A group of approximately 200 students from the Bobover Yeshiva Bnei Zion had an opportunity to see their government in action yesterday during a tour of the State Capitol hosted by Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn).

A State Capitol tour guide accompanied the 8th and 9th grade boys and their chaperones through the Capitol’s museum, the Senate Chamber, the Executive Chamber (also known as the Red Room), the Hall of Governors, and the Flag Room, which displays over 1,000 different flags from various wars. The students also had a chance to pose for pictures with Senator Felder on the Million Dollar Staircase, which is made up of 444 steps. 

March 12, 2014
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN ON BOARD OF REGENTS VOTE

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said:  “Today, I voted no on all four of the Regents brought before us by the Assembly.  With the overwhelming concerns that have been raised with regard to the Common Core roll-out and its impact on students, parents, teachers and school districts, I felt it was necessary to send a message to the Board of Regents that things have to change and there needs to be more accountability when programs of this magnitude are introduced in our schools.  I hope the Board of Regents takes these votes seriously and begins to be more receptive to the needs of not only our students but everyone concerned about education in New York State.”

March 11, 2014
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Senator Seward Flunks Regents

ALBANY, 03/11/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today voted no on all of the candidates for four vacancies on the New York State Education Board of Regents.

“I voted no on all nominees for three reasons – to express no-confidence in the incumbent regents seeking re-election, to challenge the flawed selection process used to choose the candidates, and, most importantly, to speak for frustrated students, parents and teachers fed up with the failed implementation of Common Core.

March 11, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Speaks At Joint Legislative Session

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) speaks on the Assembly floor during a Joint Legislative Session regarding the reappointment of four members of the New York State Board of Regents - March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Votes Against Incumbent Regents to Push Change at State Education Department

Citing concerns over Common Core implementation, Kennedy votes ‘No’ on incumbent members; casts vote for challenger Walter Polka, a Western New Yorker focused on fixing challenges facing schools.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, today voted against the slate of incumbent candidates for the New York State Board of Regents in an attempt to shake-up and bring change to the State Education Department. Citing widespread frustration over the implementation of the Common Core, Kennedy and several of his colleagues in the Senate and Assembly voted in opposition to the current group of regents whose five-year terms are ending this year.

March 11, 2014
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Senator Maziarz blasts re-election of incumbent Regents

When it comes to Common Core reform, the winds of change have been blowing strongly across our great state for many months.  

March 11, 2014
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March 11, 2014
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MALLIOTAKIS, GOLDEN OPPOSE STATUS QUO, VOTE AGAINST INCUMBENT BOARD OF REGENTS MEMBERS

Call for new members to be elected to the board

 

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) and State Sen. Martin J. Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) today voted against the reelection of the incumbent members of the Board of Regents. Members of the board are elected in a joint session of the legislature. All incumbents were part of the initial implementation of the Common Core Standards.

 

March 11, 2014
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SENATOR RITCHIE VOTES TO REPLACE REGENTS

Votes NO on Nominees; Backs Reforms in Wake of Flawed ‘Common Core’ Rollout

State Senator Patty Ritchie today voted to oust members of the Board of Regents, citing the flawed rollout of the state’s new Common Core educational standards, and announced support for legislation to increase accountability of the education policy-setting board to students, parents and taxpayers. Senator Ritchie voted to reject the reappointments of three current Regents, James Cottrell of Brooklyn, Wade Norwood of Rochester, and Christine Cea of Staten Island. A fourth Regent, James Jackson of Albany, who served on the board since 2011, abruptly withdrew his name from consideration. “The flawed roll-out of Common Core has created anxiety for students, parents and teachers from every corner of New York, and a resulting outpouring of protest from all across Central and Northern New York,” Senator Ritchie said. “Every single parent, student and educator who has contacted me about Common Core has demanded change from the Board of Regents, and with my vote today I am joining my voice with theirs in calling for increased accountability and reform.”

March 11, 2014
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