Issues: Education

SENATOR MARTINS VOTES “NO” TO REAPPOINTING INCUMBENT REGENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR FAILED COMMON CORE POLICIES

     “Earlier today, I voted 'no' to reappointing all the incumbent members of the Board of Regents who were seeking another term. I did so because of their involvement in the State Education Department’s horrific rollout and implementation of Common Core, as well as decisions they made regarding our children’s privacy, specifically, inBloom.

     I've heard from thousands of parents about the Common Core rollout over the last several months. Not one has said that it was positive. They're angry, frustrated, and disgusted with the way the Regents and the State Education Department has handled this process and the effect it has had on their children. I totally agree with them. They want a change, and so do I.

March 11, 2014
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Senator Grisanti Will Vote "No" on Board of Regents Incumbents

"Today I will be voting "NO" to re-elect the current members of the Board of Regents. The status quo is unacceptable and I cannot in good conscience vote for those individuals who are most responsible for creating the anxiety, uncertainty and fear in New York's classrooms.  It's time to clean up this mess.

 

March 11, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces Young Farmers NY Program

SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES “YOUNG FARMERS NY” PROGRAM

Program aims to fortify New York’s farming future

March 11, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Updates You on Budget Talks on Your Voice in Albany

On this week’s program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco provides an update on some significant issues being debated as budget talks intensify in Albany.  These budget items include tax reform, education reform, funding for charter schools, the Senate’s “Young Farmers NY” plan, and the “NY Dream Act.”

March 11, 2014
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"Your Voice" With Senator Joe Griffo

Senator Griffo discusses Olympian Erin Hamlin, the governor's Adirondack Challenge, the flawed implementation of Common Core, his opposition to taxpayer-funded college for state inmates, and the Senate's budget with host Julia Lilkendey.

March 11, 2014
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF BILL ALLOWING SCHOOLS TO CLOSE ON LUNAR NEW YEAR

ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron announced today that the Senate Education Committee has passed legislation he's long pushed that allows schools to close on Lunar New Year.

Schools in neighborhoods with large Asian American populations, such as Chinatown in Manhattan and Flushing in Queens, report large numbers of absences on Lunar New Year. This year, P.S. 130, P.S. 124, and P.S. 2 in Lower Manhattan all reported absence rates of roughly 70 percent.

Approximately one in six New York City public school students are Asian American. Currently, students who celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday receive an “excused” absence, meaning they miss a full day of classes and have the absence marked on their record. This legislation would require that the city Department of Education (DOE) consider closing schools if a holiday is likely to result in “a considerable proportion” of students being absent.

March 11, 2014
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Senator Bonacic at the Sullivan County Superintendents Council Forum, Friday, March 7

Senator Bonacic visited with the Sullivan County School Boards Association and the Sullivan County Superintendents Council forum to hear their concerns on educational issues including funding and the common core.  Here is the Senator with (l to r) Monticello Schools Superintendent, Daniel Teplesky; school board members Ellen Nesin and Stacey Sharoff; and Sullivan County School Board President, Alice VanEtten.

March 11, 2014
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Seward To Vote NO On Regents

ALBANY, 03/10/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today stated that he will be voting against the re-election of four members of the New York State Education Board of Regents when balloting is held Tuesday, March 11.

“The shoddy implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards along with the Board of Regents’ increased reliance on high-stakes tests have clearly damaged our educational system in New York State. Parents, teachers, and school administrators alike have voiced their well-warranted concerns with the tense situation these new polices have created in our classrooms.

March 10, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS MEETS WITH SEWANHAKA & FRANKLIN SQUARE SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIALS IN ALBANY

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) recently welcomed officials from the Sewanhaka and Franklin Square School Districts to the State Capitol in Albany. 

March 10, 2014
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Senator Bonacic joins the third graders at Port Jervis school for a class picture

Senator Bonacic joins the third graders at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis for a class picture during their Read Across America celebration. The Senator read one of his favorite Dr. Suess books, Horton Hears a Who to a delighted audience.

March 10, 2014
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Senator Bonacic visits Port Jervis school for "Read Across America Day"

Senator Bonacic gave an entertaining reading of Dr. Suess’ Horton Hears a Who to third graders at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis.  The Senator was visiting the classroom of Mrs. Brady-Wilson and Mrs. Carlton to celebrate Read Across America Day.

 

 

March 10, 2014
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Senator Bonacic congratulates students from Leptondale Elementary School whose art work was chosen for the NYS Student Art Exhibit

Senator Bonacic congratulates Tyler Cook and Taylor Youssef from Leptondale Elementary School, Wallkill, who visited Albany this past week with their art teacher, Tara Andrews, as part of the New York State Student Art Exhibit.  They joined other student artists whose work had been chosen by the NYS Art Teachers Association for display, and to attend a reception in their honor.&nbs

March 10, 2014
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Senator Bonacic congratulates Wallkill High School student whose work is on display as part of the NYS Student Art Exhibit

Senator Bonacic congratulates Katie Ambrose from Wallkill High School who visited Albany this past week with her art teacher, Jennifer Calison, as part of the New York State Student Art Exhibit.  They joined other student artists whose work had been chosen by the NYS Art Teachers Association for display, and to attend a reception in their honor.  

March 10, 2014
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Senator Klein, Joined by Fordham President McShane and Bronx Students, Introduces New Legislation to Make College More Affordable for Working Families

BRONX, NY -  Surrounded by Bronx college and university presidents and administrators, leaders of higher education organizations, legislators, parents and students, State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) unveiled a legislative action plan at Fordham University that would make college more affordable for New York families.

March 7, 2014
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Senator Valesky Meets Student Artist

Senator Valesky met Colin Sullivan on March 6 at the 2014 Legislative Student Art Exhibit in Albany. Colin attends school in the Fabius-Pompey District and had artwork selected for display in the exhibit.

March 7, 2014
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS

State Senator Patty Ritchie met this week with superintendents from the Canton and Potsdam Central School Districts to discuss funding for schools in Northern New York. 

Senator Ritchie has successfully pushed in prior years for additional funding for rural schools and is working to improve the Governor’s school aid plan in the new State Budget, due April 1st. 

March 7, 2014
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH LIBRARY GROUP

State Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with representatives from libraries and library networks in Central and Northern New York.  At the meeting, the group thanked the Senator for her support and discussed State Budget funding for libraries. 

Last year, Senator Ritchie—who is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries— was able to deliver $161,000 in special funding to 49 area libraries and 2 library networks in the region she represents.  The funding was in addition to a $4 million increase in state budget aid for libraries across New York State.

March 7, 2014
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Press Release: Citing Frustration over Common Core Implementation, Senator Stewart-Cousins Will Vote Against Incumbent Regents

Albany, NY - Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced she will be voting against four incumbent members of the Board of Regents that are up for re-confirmation by the State legislature this year. The Senator cited the anger and frustration of parents with the Regents’ handling of the Common Core roll-out and the need for accountability as reasons for her vote against the four incumbents.

March 7, 2014
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New York State United Teachers

NYSUT visited Senator Larkin in Albany to discuss their legislative agenda for 2014

March 7, 2014
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