In April, the Little Helpers of Pittsford and I teamed up to supply food and books to deserving students at School 33 in my district, as pictured here.
A profile in the July 17 edition of the Brighton-Pittsford Post highlighted some of the Little Helpers' other charitable activities. I am proud to have worked alongside them on a number of those activities, and I encourage local parents whose children are interested in volunteering to visit the Little Helpers Facebook page.
Where can you get books, learning tools, technology and more, all under one roof? The answer is your library. Each and every year, our local libraries are becoming more significant parts of our local communities, offering families and individuals not only opportunities for learning but also for entertainment, cultural experiences, job-searching tools and so much more.
Every library in district set to receive grant funding secured in 2014-15 legislative session
ALBANY - The public library often serves as the heart and center of a community, and with schools out for the summer, more children will be in and out of our community libraries every day.
To ensure our libraries are ready and able to meet the needs and expectations of patrons, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) is glad to announce that every public library in her district will be receiving additional grant funding this year.
Senators Rubén Díaz and Jeff Klein, together with Assemblymen Marcos Crespo and Luis Sepulveda, will be presenting Certificates of Merit to the more than 75 adult graduates of the Shany Maintenance School during their graduation ceremony. The ceremony will take place tonight, Friday July 18, 2014, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Renaissance Adult Center located at 787 East 156th Street, Bronx, NY 10459.
For more information, please contact Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz at (718) 991-3161.
July 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle invites all students up to the 8th grade to join the NY Senate’s 2014 Summer Reading Program. The Senate program, conducted in conjunction with the NY State Library, is designed to help children continue to build their reading skills during the summer months.
Senator LaValle said, “This program is intended to reinforce lessons learned during the school year; keep young minds sharp during the time away from school; and challenge children to continue to learn. It’s my hope that many students take advantage of the program.”
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to read to students at Brookside Elementary School in the Town of Greece as part of their summer reading program. This was a great way to help teach these students about the importance of literacy education!
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) is inviting local families to participate in his annual summer reading program. The program helps promote literacy and encourages children to continue reading during the summer months.
“Making reading fun for kids is the best way to help them develop a love for it. This program helps children continue to build their reading skills during the summer months in a fun and enjoyable way. I invite all families to participate,” said Senator Martins.
As a way to encourage more women to pursue a career in public policy, Senator Stewart-Cousins has made it a tradition to attend the Summer Justice Academy for Young Women to speak to high school girls about her role as a State Senator and Democratic Conference Leader, discussing how they can change so many lives in the role and what they can do now to start preparing.
Yes! I support Senator Nozzolio's plan to use the over $3 billion dollars from the French Bank BNP Paribas settlement with New York State, to eliminate the GEA for good! The GEA is an unfair school aid cut, enacted in 2010 by the New York City legislators who, at the time, controlled the Senate, the Assembly and the Governor's office. From its inception, the GEA has cost school districts all across the State, billions of dollars in badly needed state aid.
More than 50 Libraries to Receive Support to Enhance Services
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $148,000 in special funding to help enhance services at libraries throughout Central and Northern New York.
“Libraries are extremely important parts of our communities in Central and Northern New York for a number of reasons; offering patrons opportunities to access books, technology, culture and a myriad of other types of information and entertainment,” said Senator Ritchie.
You should know that on June 10, 2014, a California judge ruled that teacher tenure laws in California are unconstitutional. Plaintiffs in that lawsuit argued that the rights of students who attend poor and minority schools are violated because their schools are disproportionately staffed by ineffective and bad teachers, and those bad teachers are protected by tenure.
I joined officials from St. John Fisher College to break ground on the new Integrated Science and Health Science building on campus. This new building will provide a state of the art learning facility for future nurses, pharmacists and other clinical professionals, giving them hands-on learning experience for life after college.
Studies Show One in Three Residents of City of Buffalo are Functionally Illiterate; Kennedy and Peoples-Stokes are Urging More Investment in Literacy Programs to Combat Unemployment and Poverty in WNY.
Additional funding secured is enough to cover training costs for over 40 students.
Once Again, Money for Education is Taken by the Bureaucracy
You should know that an article written by Aaron Short titled "DOE’s race to ‘divert’ fed $$ from students" appeared on page 2 of the July 5, 2014 edition of the New York Post. The article reported: "Less than a quarter of the $107 million that the school system received in federal Race to The Top funds last year was sent directly to school principals."
Funding Will Help Budding Musicians in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $59,000 in special funding to help support local high school marching bands throughout Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties.
Included in the funding is $5,000 for Pulaski High School; aid which helped to make a trip to represent New York State in the National Fourth of July Parade in Washington D.C. possible. Students—who spent a great deal of time recently fundraising for the trip—departed Thursday morning for the event, which will take place on Friday.
“As a former high school band member myself, I know that activities like this help students build invaluable life skills and also allow them to further develop their musical talents,” said Senator Ritchie.
This letter is to inquire why the Board of Regents limited students, in the thematic essay, to not use Brown vs. Board of Education, as they could use other important Supreme Court decisions, during the June 2014 United States History and Government Regents.
United States History and Government / Content-Specific Rubric