Issues: Education

Chateaugay students commended for summer reading

    Senator Betty Little visited Chateaugay to commend a group of students who completed this year's summer reading challenge.  The kids were treated to a pizza party at Owl's Nest Pizza and More by teacher Mary Jones and Principal Loretta Fowler.  Senator Little presented certificates to each of the students.

November 5, 2010

Senator Robach at School of the Arts

On Thursday, October 28th, Senator Robach spoke to students at School of the Arts during a Participation in Government class. Robach discussed state issues with students and told them how they can become more active in government.

October 29, 2010

Summer Reading Commended at Hadley Luzerne

State Senator Betty Little presents certificates congratulating elementary students at Hadley-Luzerne School District for completing the state summer reading program.  More than 70 students participated in the educational program.

October 25, 2010

Thompson Secures Funding For Bennett High Improvements "School Upgrades"

For immediate releaseSeptember 7, 2010 Contact: Ken Houston | 716.854.8705 |

Buffalo, NY – A new school year brings new changes to Bennett High School.  New York State Senator Antoine Thompson (D-parts Erie & Niagara counties) will hold a news conference Wednesday, September 08, 2010 to announce capital improvements for Bennett High School.  The Senator has secured $200,000 for several upgrades at the school.

Join Senator Thompson on the front lawn of Bennett High, along with school Principal David Mauricio, students, school board members and the Superintendant of Buffalo Public Schools, Dr. James Williams.

September 27, 2010

Senator Robach Wraps up 2010 Dictionary Project

On Monday, September 27th, Senator Robach visited Northwood Elementary School in Hilton to wrap up the 2010 Dictionary Project. Over the past two weeks, Senator Robach has distributed dictionaries to third grade students in both Greece and Hilton as a part of a program sponsored by both the Greece Rotary and Hilton Rotary. Overall, third graders from 11 elementary schools received new dictionaries to use throughout the school year. Pictured with Senator Robach is third grader Lauren Morris.

September 27, 2010

Another Crushing Loss, Another Disappointment, But Who’s to Blame?

For Immediate Release

September 23, 2010

Another Crushing Loss, Another Disappointment, But Who’s to Blame?

September 24, 2010

Downtown Staten Island Council featured on Staten Island Advance

Posted by downtownsi on September 22, 2010 · Leave a Comment

Staten Island school supply giveaway gets an A+

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. —  The first day of school is still a few weeks off, but Desilva Christopher will be ready.

“This is pretty cool,” said Desilva, 11, a student at Prall Intermediate School, West Brighton, as he clutched a bag of free school supplies yesterday. “I have notebooks now. I have pencils.”

Desilva and his sister, Rogerline, 10, who goes to PS 25, Pleasant Plains, were among the nearly 1,000 people who lined up on Wright Street outside the Central Family Life Center, Stapleton, to participate in state Sen. Diane Savino’s second annual “Back to School Blast.”

September 23, 2010

Liz Krueger's Education Forum

In an effort to bring together different stakeholders in our State’s educational system, Senator Liz Krueger hosted an Education Forum to explore how we can improve upon our educational system, with a particular focus on the role of teachers and testing. This was also an opportunity for the State to come to the district and discuss how an economic downturn is an opportunity to plan for the future of education in New York State. Dr. David Steiner, New York State’s Commissioner of Education,  delivered a keynote address entitled “What is an Educated Citizen” and a panel included Clara Hemphill and Dr. Stephan F. Brumberg.

September 22, 2010

Senator Jose Peralta and Councilmember Danny Dromm Read to Children Participating in Reach Out and Read at Elmhurst Hospital

Senator José Peralta and Councilmember Danny Dromm read to Children participating in Reach Out and Read at Elmhurst Hospital. Peralta said "Reach Out and Read is the perfect prescription for our kids. Encouraging families to take some time to read will result in healthier families and smarter children. Reach out and Read is just what the doctor ordered."

Reach Out and Read (ROR) prepares America's youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

September 20, 2010

Padavan Marks 50th Anniversary of St. Mel School in Flushing

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) joined with school administrators, faculty, parents, students and alumni of St. Mel School in Flushing to commemorate their landmark 50th Anniversary on Saturday September 18, 2010. The anniversary was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and the opening of a time capsule. St. Mel Church Pastor Father Christopher J. Turczany, Sister Angela Gannon, Laura Conte and Senator Frank Padavan prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the second fifty years of St. Mel School.

September 20, 2010

Abe Wing school board delays vote on merger study

By OMAR RICARDO AQUIJE | Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 7:30 pm

GLENS FALLS -- The Abraham Wing school board will need another month to decide if the school district should go forward with a study on the feasibility of a merger with the city school district.

On Wednesday, the board voted to table a decision on whether to accept a $37,800 state grant to fund the study. The board will act on the grant in October.

To read more click HERE.

September 17, 2010


The Project for Academic Student Success (PASS) offers free academic tutoring, homework help, life-skills counseling, prevention services, after-school recreation, and other activities to students 11 to 17 years old, who are falling into a pattern of school failure and risky behavior.  

September 16, 2010

Aubertine Secures $50k for Fulton Library Elevator

Elevator in historic library improves accessibility, opens up new opportunities for new programs

FULTON (September 13, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today visited the Fulton Public Library to see the new elevator purchased as part of a project to improve accessibility, for which he secured a $50,000 legislative grant.

September 13, 2010

Dignity For All Students Act

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: September 9, 2010Media Contact: Lisa King │(404)587-4496 │


Landmark “Dignity for All Students Act” Signed Into Law Law prevents discrimination and harassment against students on school grounds

(Jamaica, NY) Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) announced the signing into law of legislation (S. 1987B) that would keep children from facing harassment and abuse at school.

The goal of the ‘Dignity for all Students Act’ is to provide all students with a safe and nurturing school environment conducive to learning by putting an end to harassment and discrimination based on, but not limited to, race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex.

September 8, 2010

Op-ed on Education

Enhancing the Student Experience Through Parental Involvement and Financial Support

By Senator Shirley L. Huntley 10th Senatorial District

The start of school for New York City children signifies the “unofficial end of summer” for them. From my role as an involved mother, to my early activism as president of Community Board 28, to my current advocacy as State Senator in the 10th senatorial district, I know all too well the affects this transition has on parents and children alike.

September 8, 2010


Lanza urges The Senate Democratic Majority to pass his legislation which would require bus service for students

September 7, 2010

Senator Foley Celebrates Race to the Top Funding

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) celebrated the announcement today that New York will receive up to $700 million in funding through the federal Race to the Top program.

The award of Race to the Top funding followed dedicated advocacy on the part of Senator Foley and his colleagues in the Majority Conference. In addition to lobbying the federal government, the senate passed a number of pieces of legislation that were critical in helping to obtain the funding. This legislation, which Senator Foley was a key supporter of, included reforming charter school operations and improving teacher and principal evaluations.

September 3, 2010


New Seats at PS/IS 163 and IS 259 Total More Than 1,000

Brooklyn – State Senator Marty Golden today issued the following statement in response to Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein’s announcement regarding new school construction that has been completed and will open in time for the new 2010-2011 school year:

“The new school year hasn’t even started yet and we are off to a great start. District 20 is among the many school districts in New York City to have benefited from the efforts of Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein to see that this year, more than 17,000 new seats have been added citywide, as a result of the $13.1 billion capital program approved in 2006.

September 1, 2010
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