Issues: Education

Statement From Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A. Smith Re: Vote On School Closures

“I am extremely disappointed at the closing of three schools in the borough of Queens without adequate parental input or sufficient opportunity for the community to be heard. It is a tremendous loss for students in Queens and I hope to be able to work with the mayor and chancellor to prevent this from happening again. I also look forward to having new schools open to replace the ones that closed."

January 28, 2010
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NYS Legislature Joint Budget Hearing - 1/27/10

Higher Education Education - Chris Rosa and Aquina Nolan - CUNY Coalition Students w Disabilities testimony, Albany, NY

January 27, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Commissioner Steiner will address the Committee at our next meeting on February 9th at 1:30 p.m.

February 9, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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2009 Annual Report of the Senate Education Committee

The 2009 Education Committee Report documents the activities of the Committee for the 2009 legislative session.  In order to create a cover for the report, Senator Oppenheimer sponsored an art contest for children in first through third grade, within her district.  One winner was chosen for the cover and five runners-up were chosen to be included within the report.  Senator Oppenheimer wishes to thank all of the children who entered the contest, as well as their art teachers.  Congratulations to Gustavo Morales, of the Trinity Elementary School in New Rochelle,

File: 
2009 Education Committee Report.pdf

January 27, 2010
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Joint Legislative Budget Hearing: Higher Education

 New York State Senate Finance Committee Chair Carl Kruger and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman “Denny” Farrell, will commence the third joint budget hearing—focused on higher education—Wednesday, January 27th. Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (Chair, Senate Higher Education) and Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick (Chair, Assembly Higher Education) will also lead the hearing, at which the Governor’s proposed budget, including his proposed cut to the Tuition Assistance Program and necessary modifications will be discussed. 

January 27, 2010
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Senator Thompson Receives Haiti Donations From “JUST FOR KIDS” After School Program. "Children donate non-perishable food items to help aid Haiti Relief."

For Immediate Release: January 26, 2010Contact: Heather Zeisz | zeisz@senate.state.ny.us | 716.854.8705

Amherst, NY- New York State Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) will be visiting the Just For Kids after school program at Dodge Elementary School so that the children can donate their non-perishable food items to the Haiti Relief Fund through Thompson’s district office.  The event will take place on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 3:00 PM at 1900 Dodge Road in Amherst.

January 26, 2010
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Glens Falls schools to study possible merger

By OMAR RICARDO AQUIJE - oaquije@poststar.com | Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2010 9:20 pm

GLENS FALLS - A study to determine if it is feasible for the city's two public school systems to merge could begin this summer.

Thomas McGowan, the superintendent of the Glens Falls City School District, said it's more practical for the study to occur over the summer than during the school year so that the consultants hired for the job have easier access to the schools.

January 26, 2010
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Senator Alesi Encourages Students and Families to Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Early This Year

January 25 to February 25 has been designated “New York State Student Financial Aid Awareness Month” by Governor David A. Paterson, marking a period during which the State will host a series of events to help New York’s students and families learn about the many financial aid opportunities available to help pay for college, and how to apply for them. 

January 26, 2010
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Southeast Queens Elected Officials Joint Letter on School Closures

At the end of 2009, the New York City Department of Education announced the proposed phase-out and eventual closure of three high schools in Queens: Beach Channel High School, Business, Computer Applications, and Entrepreneurship High School and Jamaica High School. The Panel for Education Policy(PEP) is scheduled to vote on these matters at their meeting on January 26, 2010.

File: 
SE_Queens_Elected_Officials_Joint_Letter_on_School_Closures.doc[1].pdf

January 25, 2010
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Education Town Hall Follow Up

Thank you to all of those who participated in the New York State Senate's fist ever online Town Hall. Since we're always striving to serve the people of New York better, and this was our first attempt at an event like this, we would appreciate your feedback on how we can improve the experience.

January 22, 2010
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STACHOWSKI ANNOUNCES STATE GRANT FOR LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF BUFFALO AND ERIE COUNTY

STACHOWSKI ANNOUNCES STATE GRANT FOR LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF BUFFALO AND ERIE COUNTY 

January 22, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR RUTH HASSELL-THOMPSON ON RACE TO THE TOP LEGISLATION

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

January 21, 2010
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Senator Valesky Calls for Responsible Budget Action and Long-Term Solutions

ALBANY, N.Y.—Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) echoed the call for long-term budget solutions made by Governor Paterson during his Executive Budget presentation today.

January 20, 2010
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Huffington Post: Educating for Democracy: Senator Eric Adams and the Charter Schools Dilemma, by Joel Shaztky

Educating for Democracy: Senator Eric Adams and the Charter Schools Dilemma

By: Joel Shaztky, Huffington Post.

Please visit here or cut/paste the link below.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joel-shatzky/educating-for-democracy-s_b_427174.html

January 20, 2010
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Statement of NYS Senator Eric Adams on “Race to the Top"

Statement of NYS Senator Eric Adams on “Race to the Top”:“The Race to the Top Fund provides grants on a competitive basis to promote education innovation and financially reward those states that foster conditions that achieve meaningful reform.  It offers parents expanded choices and holds educators accountable for meeting advanced education standards and delivering meaningful results.  Thus, the Race to the Top fund may enable states to make decisive gains in student achievement by supporting those that make pro

January 19, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson On Race To The Top Legislation

Running a race in the wrong direction gets you nowhere. Race to the Top is about competition and we cannot put our children at a competitive disadvantage by passing imprudent legislation. Nothing is more important than our shared Constitutional obligation to a sound, basic, and quality education. The bill I sponsored with Assembly Speaker Silver would have maximized our eligibility for federal funds, while bringing greater transparency, accountability, and parental input to the charter school process. 

January 19, 2010
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Don't Lift the Cap.

Don't Lift the Cap

January 19, 2010
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Sen. Malcolm Smith's Invitation to Online Town Hall on Education

NY State Sen. Malcolm Smith is inviting the citizens of New York to the Senate's first virtual town hall. The town hall will give students, parents and educators an opportunity to obtain information about the proposed plan closing of three Queens high schools and provide an opportunity for community input on the future of the schools.

January 16, 2010
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HUNDREDS OF PARENTS RALLY FOR REIMBURSEMENT

NEW YORK- On January 14th, State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined more than 800 Bronx Catholic School parents and elected officials in urging Governor Paterson to reimburse independent and religious schools approximately 243-million dollars.

The rally, held at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, also focused on promoting legislation (S5832) sponsored by Klein, that would mandate reimbursement for religious and independent schools for the cost of the MTA payroll tax totaling $6 million annually.

January 15, 2010
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