Issues: Education

Elementary and Secondary Education Joint Legislative Budget Hearing Slated

The second Joint Legislative Hearing, in a series of 13 hearings, will be held today, Tuesday, January 28.

During the Elementary and Secondary Education hearing, which is part of the legislative process to review the 2014-2015 Executive Budget, education officials and representatives of education advocacy organizations will have an opportunity to address the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

These joint legislative hearings will continue through Tuesday, February 11 and are available for live viewing on the Senate and Assembly websites, but will be preempted when the houses are in session. At the conclusion of the legislative deliberations, live televised coverage of the hearings will resume.

 

January 28, 2014
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Senator LaValle Calls for Common Core Delay

Here's the video from the Senate Education meeting where Senator LaValle asked the Commissioner to hit the delay button on Common Core.

January 27, 2014
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ADDABBO JOINS WITH COMMITTEE COLLEAGUES IN QUESTIONING STATE EDUCATION COMMISSIONER ABOUT IMPLEMENTATION OF CONTROVERSIAL COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS

Queens, NY (January 27, 2014): During a very lengthy and occasionally contentious Senate Education Committee meeting with NYS Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr., NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) and his colleagues posed serious questions to the  Commissioner about the implementation of the controversial “Common Core” learning standards in New York schools, and expressed their concerns about excessive testing, how the tests affect teacher evaluations, the privacy of student data, and a number of other related issues.

January 27, 2014
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ADDABBO VOTES TO ADVANCE LEGISLATION TO BETTER PROTECT PRIVACY OF STUDENT RECORDS AND ASSESS EFFECTIVENESS OF “COMMON CORE” TESTING

Queens, NY (January 27, 2014): At a January meeting of the Senate Education Committee, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) voted to approve two pieces of important legislation: one to protect the privacy of student and educator records (S.6007) and another that would require a comprehensive analysis of the effectiveness and fairness of the controversial new “Common Core” assessments (S.6009). 

January 27, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS CHALLENGES COMMISSIONER KING TO ACT AT EDUCATION MEETING

At a meeting of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education, chaired by Senator John Flanagan, Senator Jack M. Martins expressed the concerns of many constituents about the Common Core and about student privacy to State Education Commissioner Dr. John King. He then urged Commissioner King to act. His comments can be seen here.

January 24, 2014
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Senator Klein, Assemblyman Crespo and Bronx Community Leaders Call for Official Recognition of African Slave Burial Ground at Drake Park

BRONX, NY– Standing in front of the south side of Joseph Rodman Drake Park in Hunts Point, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), local elected officials and Bronx community leaders called for official recognition of an African Slave Burial Ground discovered last year. Evidence of the Burial Ground site was discovered last year by a group of students at P.S. 48, led by Teacher-Historian, Philip Panaritis at the south side of Drake Park.

January 24, 2014
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Senator Klein, Assemblyman Crespo and Bronx Community Leaders Call for Official Recognition of African Slave Burial Ground at Drake Park

BRONX, NY– Standing in front of the south side of Joseph Rodman Drake Park in Hunts Point, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), local elected officials and Bronx community leaders called for official recognition of an African Slave Burial Ground discovered last year. Evidence of the Burial Ground site was discovered last year by a group of students at P.S. 48, led by Teacher-Historian, Philip Panaritis at the south side of Drake Park.

January 24, 2014
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Senator John Bonacic attends the Senate Education Committee with Chairman Senator John Flanagan and Commissioner John King

“Most
of my colleagues,” notes Senator Bonacic, “are hopeful that the Commissioner
will take the many suggestions offered to make changes to the Common Core, to
alleviate the concerns of superintendents, administrators, school boards,
teachers, parents and students. We all want our kids to succeed, and we will
make sure that the Common Core gets it right, even if it means the process has
to be temporarily put on hold until all the kinks are worked out.”

January 24, 2014
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January 23, 2014 - Senate Education Committee Meeting

Chairman John Flanagan and the other members of the New York State Senate Education Committee were joined by New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. for an open discussion on education issues -  January 23, 2014

January 23, 2014
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Press Release: Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins On The Common Core Curriculum

“It is clear from today’s Senate hearing that there are serious concerns about the Common Core curriculum, which is why I have been calling for a moratorium on the consequences for Common Core. There is overwhelming evidence that we are moving at too fast a pace and not giving our teachers and students proper training in these new principles. While the goals of Common Core are commendable and the methods to implement those goals are innovative, the fact remains that this new curriculum is untested and not performing adequately.

January 23, 2014
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Hit The Pause Button On Common Core

ALBANY, 01/23/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King’s appearance before the senate education committee in regard to the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards and new state testing assessments:

“My message to Commissioner King is simple and direct – hit the pause button on Common Core. It’s the same message that parents, teachers, school administrators, and students have been sharing with me and it is the direction we need to take, not in a few months, but immediately.

January 23, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle Calls on State Education Commissioner to Delay “Common Core”

In the NY Senate Education Committee today, Senator Ken LaValle called upon Commissioner John King to delay “Common Core” implementation.  Senator LaValle said “Going back to the initial meeting on Long Island last April, it appears that the Department of Education is not listening.  The rollout of Common Core has been flawed, and children are being hurt.”

January 23, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Making “Targets” of our children

January 23, 2014
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Statement from Senator Flanagan Regarding Governor Cuomo's Budget Address

It was encouraging to hear Governor Cuomo publicly discuss taking action on issues that were repeatedly raised by concerned parents and teachers at the recent hearings held by the Senate Education Committee throughout New York State.  Specifically, his support of a ban on standardized testing, which is aligned with legislation I sponsored in December, and his support of a full examination of the implementation of new learning standards is a clear sign to our parents and teachers that their voices are being heard.

January 22, 2014
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MS 577 Students Visit Albany

Senator Dilan joined nearly 50, 8th graders from Middle School 577 were in Albany to join other students, parents and teachers to call for a $1.9 billion increase in school aid as part of the upcoming Executive Budget. The Alliance for Quality Education (AQENY), Senator Dilan and more than 80 legislators mirrored the request in a letter to the Governor, citing sweeping education cuts over the last five years and the growing inequity between rich and poor school district throughout the state.

January 22, 2014
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Senator Zeldin's Statement on Today’s Budget Proposal

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley) just released the following statement following the Governor’s Budget Proposal:

January 21, 2014
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Legislators Congratulate PS 46Q on National Blue Ribbon Award

Bayside, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) joined Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Queens), Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Oakland Gardens), Councilmember Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and Comptroller Scott Stringer at a ceremony at PS 46Q to celebrate the school’s 2013 National Blue Ribbon Award.

January 21, 2014
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COLLEGE BOUND? HERE’S HOW TO CUT COSTS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

 

January 20, 2014
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