Issues: Education

Senator Robach Welcomes Bryant and Stratton College to Albany

On Tuesday, March 8th, Senator Robach met with representatives from Bryant and Stratton College in Rochester at his Albany Legislative Office regarding TAP (tuition assistance program).

 

Senator Robach pictured with representatives from Bryant and Stratton College, including Andrea Lenney, Natasha Fite, Marie D'Alessandro, Jennifer Smith, Ted Barclift, Marc Ambrosi, Steven Lingard, and Rob Ferrell.

March 10, 2011
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Rallying to Restore Education Funding

Keeping Current Surcharge Would Stave off Cuts

(Albany)- Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District- D/WF/I) rallied to restore proposed State budget cuts to education funding today, joining several of her Democratic colleagues and the Alliance for Quality Education at a press conference in the Capital. The Senator says the cuts, totaling over $1.5 billion, can be restored by continuing the income tax surcharge on individuals netting more than $200,000 per year, and couples netting more than $300,000 per year. The surcharge was signed into law in 2009 and is set to expire on December 31, and it would bring over $4 billion in revenue to the State this fiscal year.

March 9, 2011
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Parents And Teachers Rally For PS 32: Department of Education Exploring Other Options

Carroll Gardens Patch

By Georgia Kral

March 9, 2011

The PS 32 auditorium was almost at capacity last night as teachers, parents, students and grandparents rallied to "save" their school.

In the last couple of days, said Principal Deborah Florio, the school has been reeling, trying to figure out what to do with the recent announcement that Brooklyn Prospect Charter School might temporarily move into the portable classrooms behind the school.

March 9, 2011
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Senator Montgomery Votes to Preserve Seniority & Tenure Rights of Educators

At a recent meeting of the Senate Education Committee, Senator Montgomery spoke out against the Last In, First Out (LIFO) bill (S.3501), which attempts to leverage the state’s current fiscal crisis to eliminate the seniority and tenure rights of all New Year City educators. Moreover, the bill is a blatant attempt at union busting, demonstrating a clear and dangerous disregard for the rights of educators that have been negotiated and defined through collective bargaining.

March 9, 2011
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Greece Athena Middle School Director Honored Before Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

On Friday, March 4th, Greece Athena Middle School opened up its production of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. Prior to the first show of the weekend, Senator Robach presented a certificate to Artistic Director Carl Wager. Wager is retiring after a 39-year career of a teacher and director. 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' continues Friday March 11th at 7:30 and Saturday March 12th at 2:00 and 7:30 at the Greece Athena Performing Arts Center.

March 9, 2011
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3/9/2011: Press Conference on Renewal of Millionaires Tax

 

**MEDIA ADVISORY**

SENATE DEMOCRATS JOIN WITH PARENT AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION LEADERS AND PRESIDENT OF UFT IN CALLING FOR RENEWING MILLIONAIRES TAX TO FUND EDUCATION

Who: (L-R) Billy Easton, Executive Director, Alliance for Quality Education, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Senator Andriano Espaillat, Senator Gustavo Rivera, Senator Jose Peralta, Senator Tony Avella, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Shirley L. Huntley (podium)

March 9, 2011
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Long Branch Elementary School Select Chorus Visits the Capitol.

Long Branch Elementary School Select Chorus Visits the Capitol.

March 8, 2011
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Long Branch Elementary School Select Band Visits the Capitol.

Long Branch Elementary School Select Band Visits the Capitol.

March 8, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Elmont Memorial High School's Cast of Footloose

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the cast and crew of Elmont Memorial High School's musical production of "Footloose" on their outstanding performance on March 4 and 5. The reviews on the musical were unanimous- it was sensational. Cast leads Joshua Johnson, Phylisha Mitchell, Brandon Cleveland, Cassandra Cesar, Kelsey Baffour and Joseph Smith, along with the entire cast, earned standing ovations at each of the performances this past weekend. "Everybody said the same exact thing about this performance- it was better than Broadway," said Senator Martins. "Congratulations are in order for the cast, crew, pit orchestra and all the parents and community members who were a part of the production. You made Elmont proud."

March 8, 2011
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DISTINGUISHED PANEL OF EXPERTS AMONG HIGHLIGHTS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION FORUM

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will be hosting his 5th Annual special education forum and is inviting educators and parents of students of School District 20, 21 and 22, to attend on Friday, March 11, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Regina Pacis Center located at 1258 65th Street in Brooklyn.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Richard Selznick, author of The Shut-Down Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child.

March 8, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH SIDNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICIAN CHOSEN TO PLAY IN ALL-STATE JAZZ ENSEMBLE

On March 7, 2011 Senator Bonacic met with Evan Eliason, Jr;  a Sidney High School vibraphone player who has been chosen to play in the All State Jazz Ensemble. Senator Bonacic presented Evan with a Senate Resolution congratulating him on this prestigious honor. Senator Bonacic is pictured with Evan Eliason, Jr.

March 8, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC ATTENDS NEW YORK STATE SCHOOL MUSIC ASSOCIATION LUNCH

On March 7, 2011 Senator Bonacic attended NYSSMA’s  “Music in our Schools Month” Lunch in Albany.

March 8, 2011
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Senator Martins Welcomes Orthodox Union Yeshiva to Albany

Senator Jack M. Martins welcomed the Orthodox Union Yeshiva to Albany, where he invited them to watch the proceedings of the Senate in the ornate Senate gallery. After the session, Senator Martins had a sit down discussion about the legislative process and decision making as a member of the State Legislature. The discussion centered around making good decisions and standing up for things you believe in. "What we discussed simply came down to character, leadership, responsibility and listening. Sometimes you need to make tough decisions and do what is right for communities. Soemtimes the right thing isn't always most the popular thing. The students from the Yeshiva talked with me about the way leaders make decisions and how we work with others during times of crisis.

March 8, 2011
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March 8, 2011
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Senator Flanagan On Good Day New York

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) appears on Good Day New York on Fox 5 to discuss his legislation that would keep the best teachers in the New York City classrooms. The "Last In, First Out" legislation was passed by the New York State Senate on Tuesday - March 2, 2011

March 7, 2011
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Senator Martins Roots on Elmont as Spartans Claim Nassau County Championship

On Saturday, March 5, Senator Jack M. Martins, Franklin Thomas and Marvin Lee were at the Hofstra University David S. Mack Center to root on the Elmont Spartans as they took on Baldwin. Elmont came away with the victory to claim the Nassau County Class AA championship. Senator Martins congratulated the team after the game.

March 7, 2011
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Elmont Captures Nassau Basketball Title as Senator Martins Wins Wager

Basketball games are terrific battles that pit athletic talent and desire to the test. In one of the greatest come-from-behind victories that had fans chanting, cheering and watching in amazement, the Elmont Memorial High School Spartans brought home the Nassau County Class AA Championship this past Saturday.

Students, community members, Sewanhaka Central High School District Superintendent Warren Meierdiercks, Elmont School Superintendent Al Harper, Board of Education Member Dave Fowler, Elmont Memorial High School Principal John Capozzi and State Senator Jack M. Martins were all in attendance at the Hofstra University David S. Mach Center to cheer on the Spartans.

March 7, 2011
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State Senate passes UB 2020 legislation

The State Senate passed UB 2020 legislation by a vote of 53 - 1. State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer voted in favor of the legislation.

March 4, 2011
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