Issues: Education

Senator DeFrancisco Serves as Panelist at the New York State School Board Association Capital Conference

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in the State Leaders Panel at the New York State School Board Association annual Capital Conference, which took place at the Albany Hilton Sunday March 15, 2015.  Some of the issues discussed were education funding, school testings, charter schools, and the education tax credit.  

 

 

March 16, 2015
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Seward To Play Leading Role In Budget Negotiations

ALBANY, 03/13/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to the education and higher education budget conference committees and will also serve as an alternate to the general budget conference committee.

Regarding his education conference committee assignment Senator Seward said:

“The senate budget resolution accomplishes two of my primary goals – ending the disastrous Gap Elimination Adjustment and significantly raising school aid through a fair and equitable formula.  Moving forward, I will work to protect this vital funding for our students, and will also focus on the education ‘reforms’ proposed by the governor.”  

March 13, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS VISITS MANHASSET SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DISCUSS EDUCATION ISSUES

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently met with administrators, principals, teachers, and Board of Education members from the Manhasset School District to discuss a variety of education issues.

     Senator Martins discussed his efforts to increase state education aid to Manhasset and the rest of Long Island’s, end the harmful Gap Elimination Adjustment to bring additional funding to the district, and continue to address issues with Common Core. 

March 13, 2015
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Senator Marc Panepinto Stands with 12 Regional Education Leaders and Teachers, Calls for Albany to Put Children First During Budget Negotiations

Panepinto: “Proud of progress made toward ending the devastating GEA but there is still much work to be done”

On FRIDAY, March 13th at 10:00 a.m., Senator Marc Panepinto stood alongside teachers, administrators, school board members and superintendents from Orchard Park, Hamburg, Ken-Ton, and Lake Shore School Districts in a critical push for public education. With 3 weeks left until the April 1st budget deadline, Senator Panepinto spoke on the recent senate budget resolution, the need for equity in school aid, an end to the devastating GEA, and a return to putting our children’s future success at the forefront of education policy.

“The taxpayers, families, students, and teachers of Western New York schools need immediate relief from the devastating impact of the Gap Elimination Adjustment and an end to the disproportion in state aid funding,” said Senator Marc Panepinto. “With municipalities already struggling to stay within the restrictive tax cap, the GEA is not just a social justice issue - it’s an economic one as well. Eliminating it will undoubtedly lower property taxes across the board by injecting revenue into our school budgets that hasn’t been there since the start of the recession. It is time Albany stops balancing their budgets on the backs of our children and middleclass.”

March 13, 2015
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Capital Tonight: Murphy leads effort to stop Common Core

ALBANY, NY - YNN's Capital Tonight took a look at a bill introduced by State Senator Terrence Murphy this week that strengthens parents ability to have their children opt out from Common Core testing.

The measure, known as the Common Core Refusal Act, would require the state Department of Education to notify parents of their right to not have children in grades 3 through 8 participate in Common Core-based testing, according to the article. This bill codifies that parents receive proper notification of their rights as it relates to refusing to have their children participate in these field tests.

March 13, 2015
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Senate Passes "Brighter Future" Budget Plan

The Senate Republican Majority is working to eliminate the GEA, so that our kids have an outstanding education and brighter future.

March 12, 2015
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Ortt: Senate Budget a Huge Boost to Western NY Schools

Senator Fights for Increased School Funding, College Tuition Assistance

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) announced today the passage of the State Senate’s “Brighter Future” budget plan and laid out the benefits for Western New York schools and families. The Senate’s proposal, to be negotiated with the Assembly and the Governor, increases school aid by $1.9 billion over last year, completely eliminates the $1 billion deficit remaining from the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).

March 12, 2015
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Senate Passes the "Brighter Future" Budget Plan

The New York State Senate today passed the “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.

March 12, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS VOTES TO REAPPOINT GREAT NECK RESIDENT ROGER TILLES TO THE BOARD OF REGENTS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently voted to reappoint Great Neck resident Roger Tilles to the New York State Board of Regents. This will be Regent Tilles’ third term on the Board. 

March 12, 2015
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Senator Bonacic meets with Students, and Representatives from Bassett Healthcare Network and the New York School-Based Health Alliance

Senator Bonacic met with students, and representatives from the Bassett Healthcare Network and New York School-Based Health Alliance, today, in his Albany office. Both organizations work to improve the health status of children and youth by advancing and advocating for school-based healthcare. The focus of the discussion centered on the funding of school based clinics.

March 11, 2015
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Seward Honors Herkimer County Adult Ed Award Winner

ALBANY, 03/11/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today welcomed New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE) Student of the Year honoree Misty Campbell of Herkimer to Albany.

“Misty’s accomplishments in the face of adversity prove that hard work and dedication pay off in the long run,” said Senator Seward.  “Her achievements also confirm that strong educational programs, like those offered at Herkimer BOCES, can produce life changing results.”

March 11, 2015
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Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence 2014-15 Nomination

I am pleased to announce the 2015 Golden Apple Teacher of Excellence Award. I will be recognizing some of our best teachers from across the 43rd Senate District, which includes Columbia County and portions of Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington Counties.

Students, parents and educators are all invited to nominate a teacher for recognition this year.

Please fill out the nomination form below. Include as much information as you can about the teacher you are nominating before Friday April 3, 2015.

March 11, 2015
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Senator Marc Panepinto Secures $2.9 Million from NYSED in Back Payments for the Lake Shore Central School District

Senator Panepinto pushed the State Education Department into making overdue payments that were owed to the Lake Shore Central School District (Evans-Brant) for providing educational services to Native American Students since 2010

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Marc Panepinto was pleased to make the following announcement:

“This $2.9 million state reimbursement is great news for Lake Shore Central Schools which, like many other schools districts across Western New York, have been operating at a significant funding disadvantage since the recession. After working with school administrators and teachers to bring this equity issue to light, I was pleased to see that the SED was responsive to our call.  As I have said since the beginning of this process, no school district should ever have to operate without funds they are owed for teaching our children. After 5 long years, the Lake Shore School District, and the Native American population it serves, will finally have some of that education aid restored.”

March 11, 2015
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STUDENTS FIRST: SENATE BUDGET ADDS $1.9 BILLION FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS

Plan Eliminates the Aid-Cutting GEA Gimmick, Helps More Families Pay for College

Senator Patty Ritchie announced that the Senate’s proposed budget plan would hike aid to schools by $1.9 billion, and completely eliminate the aid-cutting GEA, or Gap Elimination Adjustment, that’s been squeezing local schools to balance the state budget, when the funds should be going into classrooms. The Senate’s increase is $800 million more than that proposed by the Governor.

March 11, 2015
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IDC invests in hardworking New York families in State Senate one-house budget resolution

Senate resolution includes key IDC proposals for infrastructure upgrades,  job growth, affordable housing, college affordability and paid family leave

Albany, NY — As the State Senate Coalition announced its $139.7 billion one-house budget resolution on Wednesday, State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and the members of the Independent Democratic Conference unfurled key achievements for New York’s hardworking families.

March 11, 2015
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Ortt Talks About His Time so Far in Office

Senator Ortt reached out to constituents through an editorial outlining what he’s been up to in office and what his plans are for the future. Read the full article here.

March 11, 2015
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SERINO SUPPORTS REGENTS SHAKE-UP

 

SERINO SUPPORTS REGENTS SHAKE-UP

ALBANY, NY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) released the following statement regarding today’s election of members to the New York State Board of Regents. The Senate and Assembly came together for a Joint Legislative Session to vote on five incumbents and two new candidates looking to serve on the body charged with the general supervision of every aspect of the State’s education system.

“I came to Albany to shake things up and today I took a stand against the status quo. The process of electing our Regents could not be more flawed. Being controlled by one house and one party, it flies in the very face of democracy.

March 10, 2015
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Senator Bonacic meets with Superintendents from Sullivan, Ulster and Delaware Counties

Senator Bonacic  met with Superintendent’s from Sullivan, Ulster and Delaware counties, on March 10, in his Albany office. The discussion focused on educational issues and priorities for the 2015-2016 New York State Budget.

March 10, 2015
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PETITION: The Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC) Online Petition

The Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC) is an important bill that allocates $150 million for education scholarships, half of which benefits tuition paying parents, while the other half is allocated toward additional resources and programming for public schools. This is a direct benefit to you, our parents, who work hard every day to provide your children with quality education.

On January 21, 2015, this legislation was passed in the Senate. However, in order for the EITC to become law the Assembly and the Governor must act now!

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March 10, 2015
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Senator Serino's Week In Review

The first of a regular feature to keep constituents up-to-date, Senator Serino discusses legislative and budgetary highlights of the past few weeks. 

March 10, 2015
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