Issues: Education

Senate Renews Bill To Aid Public Libraries

ALBANY, 02/26/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced senate approval of legislation he co-sponsors, extending a 2011 law to ensure the neediest public libraries can access and utilize special construction grants from the state.

Senate bill 6329 extends to March 31, 2020 key provisions of the public library construction grant program that were scheduled to sunset in 2015.   

February 26, 2014
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Senator Mark Grisanti’s Statement on State Assembly’s Passage of “The Dream Act”

    

“I was against this proposal two years ago, and I remain against it today. I cannot in good conscience support diverting tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds annually to children of illegal immigrants by giving them access to TAP grants and other higher education assistance programs when so many students are struggling to meet the costs of higher education. Sheldon Silver needs to come to the realization that the wallets of taxpayers are not bottomless pits. His proposal may work in New York City, but the overwhelming majority of people I have been elected to represent are vehemently opposed to it.

February 26, 2014
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Senator Kevin Parker Lauds Assembly’s Passage of the New York State DREAM Act

(Brooklyn, NY)- “The Assembly’s passage of the DREAM Act (New York State Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act,  A 2597-A) on Tuesday was a giant step forward for New York’s immigrant community. This progressive legislation increases educational access for talented students, regardless of their immigration status, and provides them with a pathway to receive the education they rightfully deserve.

February 26, 2014
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Senator Avella Renews Call For Common Core Moratorium Amid New Siena Poll Showing Public Support For The Freeze

(Bayside, NY) Senator Tony Avella continues to advocate for the passage of his legislation in the State Senate which would impose a crucial three year moratorium on the highly controversial implementation of Common Core standards in New York State.

 

February 26, 2014
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Senator O'Brien celebrates RIT role in Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Today, Senator Ted O'Brien was proud to congratulate the Rochester Institute of Technology on its leading role in the newly announced Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, organized under the umbrella of the Department of Defense and announced in a White House press conference this afternoon.

February 25, 2014
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FELDER CHAMPIONS LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND TUITION-PAYING FAMILIES

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the New York City Education Subcommittee, and Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) have sponsored legislation which will create an education investment tax credit in New York State.

Bill number S4099-A will generate increased funding for education by enhancing existing tax benefits for charitable donations. The goal of the bill is to help public schools, non-profit organizations supporting public schools, and Pre-K programs. The bill also provides a tax credit to public and non-public school teachers for out-of-pocket school supply expenses, and assists many low- and middle-income families whose children attend private or religious schools and require scholarships.

February 25, 2014
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Senator Jeff Klein Hosts Education Town Hall Meeting with State Education Officials to Address Concerns Regarding the Common Core

BRONX, NY – Senator Jeff Klein (D- Bronx/Westchester) hosted a town hall meeting at P.S. 24 this afternoon to establish a constructive dialogue between local school districts and state education officials on the most important issues surrounding new Common Core standards.  Roughly 75 local educators participated in the event, which was moderated by Senator Klein and Chancellor Merryl Tisch.

February 24, 2014
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Autumn Lane Elementary School gets iPads

As part of an ongoing initiative, students at Autumn Lane Elementary School in the Town of Greece will now have access to 30 iPads in the school's library. This new technology will help them prepare for testing and to meet district technology standards. I'm pleased to help secure funding for this project that will benefit all K-5 students in the Greece Central School District by providing them access to new technology. Many thanks to Superintendent Deane-Williams and Principal Potter for inviting me today. 

February 24, 2014
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Griffo Opposes Free College Education for Inmates

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today reiterated his opposition to state prisoners receiving “extreme amenities,” which includes Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to use state funds to educate prisoners at no cost to the recipient.

“Prison is supposed to be a punishment for wrongdoing, not a Club Med where your family can visit anytime and your health issues and education are taken care of at zero cost,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “I have opposed measures that provide perks to prisoners – some of which ordinary New Yorkers don’t even receive – and will continue to do so in the future.”

February 24, 2014
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Klein Delivers $100,000 in New Funding for Tablets, Laptops, and New Technology at Mount Vernon Public Schools

MOUNT VERNON, NY– Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced a $100,000 direct aid grant for Mount Vernon schools that will be used to fund updated technology for 6th and 7th grade students within newly restructured schools in the Mount Vernon school district including Graham Elementary, Pennington Elementary, and Longfellow Middle School.

February 24, 2014
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2014 Legislative Questionnaire/What Are Your Priorities?

As we proceed through the 2014 Legislative session, I’d like your feedback on issues that may be considered, such as medical marijuana, universal full-day pre-kindergarten, and campaign finance reform. I want to know what your priorities are. What concerns you the most? Please share your thoughts by filling out this survey.

February 20, 2014
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Hamilton Students Take Part in Advocacy Day in Albany

By Holly Foster

Posted February 17, 2014

Four Hamilton students traveled to Albany, N.Y., on Feb. 12 to take part in Student Advocacy Day.  Hosted annually by CICU, this event makes it possible for legislators to hear directly from students on what Opportunity Programs across New York State mean in their lives. The stories are powerful, personal and motivational. Hamilton students who attended were LaShawn Ware ’17, Morolake Thompson ’14, Osvaldo Adames ’15, and Leslie Campos ’15.

The students met with Assemblyman Kenneth Blankenbush, Senator David J. Valesky and Assemblyman Marc W. Butler.

February 20, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Counting Things That Count

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

This simple observation made by Albert Einstein captures our concerns with the State’s rollout of Common Core. It’s what caused parents and educators from across the political landscape and from across this great state to come together in opposition to artificial metrics of whether our children are “college and career ready”. It’s why hundreds of you joined me at a forum this Fall at Mineola High School to demand that the Common Core rollout be rolled back. It’s why we worked so hard to ensure that our childrens’ privacy is protected. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get it.

February 20, 2014
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Senator Maziarz hosts "Solutions for Smarter Schools" summit to focus on reforming Common Core

Last night Senator George Maziarz hosted the "Solutions for Smarter Schools" summit at Niagara Falls High School.  The event, held in conjunction with the Partnership for Smarter Schools, drew hundreds of concerned parents, teachers, and administrators.  The consensus among the distinguished panelists was that Common Core learning standards are being implemented the wrong way, and major changes to be made in how these standards are influencing curriculum and testing in the classrooms.  

February 14, 2014
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