Issues: Education

Senator John Flanagan Presents Education Reform Proposals

Senator John Flanagan (New York State), Chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education, presents a report of findings and recommendations related to the Education Committee's recent series of statewide public hearings entitled The Regents Reform Agenda: "Assessing" Our Progress - December 12, 2013.

December 16, 2013
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News12 Segment on Senator Flanagan's Education Proposal

News12 Coverage of the Education Reform Proposal presented by Senator John Flanagan (New York State), Chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education.  Senator Flanagan issued a report of findings and recommendations related to the Education Committee's recent series of statewide public hearings entitled: The Regents Reform Agenda: "Assessing" Our Progress - December 12, 2013

December 13, 2013
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Launches IDC’s 2014 Agenda – “Affordable NY”

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Launches IDC’s 2014 Agenda – “Affordable NY”

IDC Introduces Innovative Programs Like Family Leave Insurance for Working Mothers and Fathers and Launches Mitchell Llama 2020; Agenda Re-Focuses State Resources on Working Families

#AffordableNY

 

December 13, 2013
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Making New York Affordable: Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Launches IDC’s 2014 Agenda

Before Senator Klein and the IDC crafted their legislative agenda, Senator Klein heard from real New York families on how their coping with our state's affordability crisis. This video shows some of what these working New Yorkers said. 

December 13, 2013
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Senator David J. Valesky Unveils IDC Affordable NY Plan

SYRACUSE–State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), joined by several local advocates, introduced the Independent Democratic Conference’s 2014 legislative agenda, titled “Affordable NY.” The agenda, composed of five core policy items, demonstrates the IDC’s commitment to working families during the 2014 legislative session.

“The Affordable NY plan is a lifetime commitment to New York’s working families. It is critically important to address issues that affect all New Yorkers; challenges in paying for child care, affording college and living on a fixed income after retirement are topics I hear about from constituents every day,” Senator Valesky said.

The IDC’s proposals include:

December 13, 2013
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Livestreaming "Affordable New York" Legislative Roll Out Today at 11am

Majority Coalition Leader, IDC Conference Leader and State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) will announce “Affordable NY,” a bold new set of legislative proposals aimed at making New York affordable for working families. Affordable NY will reinvest $1.75 billion into programs, services, and tax credits that directly benefit working families and retirees. 

December 13, 2013
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Common Core Changes Needed

ONEONTA, 12/12/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined State Senator John J. Flanagan (R/C/I – East Northport), chairman of the senate education committee, in calling on the New York State Education Department to rework the Common Core Learning Standards and associated testing.

December 12, 2013
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Senator Stavisky Meets with Francis Lewis High School Seniors to Discuss Government, Politics and Civic Involvement

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) met with Crystal Ng, Emily Chen and Myung Jin (Jenna) Kim, three students from Francis Lewis High School, to discuss government, politics and civic engagement as part of an assignment for their social studies class.

 

December 12, 2013
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NYS Education Chairman Flanagan Calls For Immediate SED Action on Common Core and Unveils a Package of Legislative Actions

Today, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education, issued a report of findings and recommendations related to the Education Committee's recent series of statewide public hearings entitled: The Regents Reform Agenda: "Assessing" Our Progress.

December 12, 2013
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At State Education Chief John King's Forum at F-M, Just Sign In and Speak Up

By Paul Riede | priede@syracuse.com on December 02, 2013 at 12:26 PM, updated December 02, 2013 at 4:26 PM

December 10, 2013
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'Common Core comes under attack at Corning forum'

Read more on last night's Common Core public hearing in Corning from:

> the Star-Gazette, "Common Core comes under attack at Corning forum"

> The Leader, "Teachers, parents blast Common Core at Corning hearing"

December 6, 2013
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Senator LaValle Makes Commissioner’s Education Forum Video Available

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle has made the complete, unedited video of the NYS Commissioners Education Forum available for the constituents of the First Senate District. 

Senator LaValle appreciates everyone who attended the forum and those who have shared their views, in this important topic. He wants to assure all residents that he will continue to make the Commissioner, the Chancellor and the Regents hear our voices. 

December 5, 2013
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Senator Valesky Attends Common Core Forum

On December 3, Senator Valesky participated in a forum with local officials, State Education Commissioner John King and Regent Anthony Bottar at Fayetteville-Manlius High School to discuss the Common Core standards.

December 5, 2013
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Cutting the Ribbon on SUNY Potsdam's Performing Arts Center

"What makes this story more remarkable is: During his freshman year, as this bill was going through, some of the Senate leadership wanted to reduce the scope of this particular project. Well, fortunately, Senator Griffo stood tall against the leadership, managed to secure the full $55 million that came through the Senate that resulted in this impressive facility." - SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis Hefner

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December 5, 2013
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State lawmakers at local school board meeting

WNYT Newschannel 13

12/05/2013 By: Dan Levy

BETHLEHEM - It's not every day when two state senators and one assembly member show up for a local school board meeting. But that's exactly what happened on Wednesday night as the frustration continues to grow regarding the state's Common Core implementation.

According to Albany Assembly woman Pat Fahy, what's happening with the state of New York State's education is a perfect storm of frustration.

"I was hearing with almost unanimity the number of concerns," Fahy says, "And when you start hearing from educators, parents and even students, then you have to start to pay attention."

December 5, 2013
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Remarks from SUNY Potsdam Performing Arts Center opening

Remarks from SUNY Potsdam Performing Arts Center opening

DR. DENNIS HEFNER, INTERIM PRESIDENT:

It’s my pleasure to introduce our first speaker. The entire campus extends its profound gratitude to our state senator, Joseph Griffo. [Applause]

He was instrumental in securing – you can clap if you want to, that’s okay [Applause] – He was instrumental in securing the full $55 million in funding for the Performing Arts Center from the Senate and the Senate committees. And he did this during his freshman year.

December 4, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Moderates Common Core Community Forum at Fayetteville-Manlius High School

On December 3, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco served as the moderator of a community forum on the Common Core Standards, which was held at Fayetteville-Manlius High School.  New York State Education Commissioner John King attended the forum to answer questions and listen to comments from the public regarding Common Core and teacher evaluations.  About 200 parents, teachers and community members attended the event.  Also participating in the forum were Senator David Valesky, Assembly members, Will Barclay, Al Stirpe and Gary Finch (not pictured in photo), and Board of Regents Vice Chancellor Anthony Bottar.

December 4, 2013
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