Issues: Education

SEN. FARLEY NOTES FOLLOWING HISTORIC $1.4 BILLION AID INCREASE, SENATE REPUBLICANS ACT TO FURTHER PROTECT STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS

school aid increase that was the centerpiece of the 2015-16 state budget approved in March, Senate Republicans recently passed common-sense education reforms that will empower parents and teachers, restore local control, and aggressively address the problems caused by an overemphasis on standardized testing.

The legislation (S5954) directs the State Education Department (SED) to release test questions and the corresponding correct answers to teachers by June 1st of the same school year. Doing so will encourage greater transparency and accountability, and ensure that the standardized tests are a learning tool, not just a data collection device.

June 16, 2015
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Following Historic $1.4 Billion Aid Increase, Senate Republicans Act to Further Protect Students and Schools

Following a $1.4 billion school aid increase that was the centerpiece of the 2015-16 state budget approved in March, Senate Republicans today acted to further protect students and their schools by passing common-sense education reforms that will empower parents and teachers, restore local control, and aggressively address the problems caused by an overemphasis on standardized testing.

June 15, 2015
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Senate Passes Major Education Reform Bill

ALBANY, 06/15/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced senate approval of the Kids First Agenda which includes key reforms to improve education in our schools. 

June 15, 2015
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SENATE PASSES SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION GIVING SCHOOL BOARDS AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO CHILDREN IN NEED

Legislation Would Give Schools Flexibility to Provide Busing in Special Circumstances Where a Parent is Physically Unable to Take Their Child to School

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to help children whose parents have a physically limiting disability or other special circumstances. The legislation (S248B) would give school districts the authority to provide transportation for these children even if they live below the transportation mileage limit.

June 15, 2015
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LEGISLATION CO-SPONSORED BY ADDABBO TO COMBAT SUICIDE AMONG SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN APPROVED BY STATE SENATE

Queens, NY (June 15, 2015): Noting that suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people aged 15 to 24 in the United States, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. applauded the recent State Senate passage of a bill (S.4261) he co-sponsors to require the State Education Department (SED) and State Office of Mental Health (OMH) to develop materials focusing on suicide prevention and signs of depression among school-aged children and to provide them to educators throughout New York State.

June 15, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS CHAMINADE HIGH SCHOOL’S CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL TEAM

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently congratulated the Chaminade High School Varsity Basketball Team on winning the NSCHSAA Class A Long Island Championship. 

     The team, which finished the season with an overall record of 19-9, captured the Championship with a 57-38 victory over Kellenberg Memorial High School. It was the Flyers’ second Long Island championship in the last three years.

June 15, 2015
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‘CHECK OUT’ THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

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Five—that’s the number of books experts say students need to read over the summer to prevent what’s known as  “summer learning loss,” the loss of knowledge and skills that occurs during summer vacation.

Preventing learning loss is key to ensuring students are able to build upon what they’ve already been taught and be successful when they head back to the classroom in the fall.  That’s why I’m once again partnering with local libraries and taking part in the New York State Senate’s 2015 Summer Reading Program. The special program—which is hosted along with the New York State Library—helps children have fun as they continue to build their reading skills throughout the summer months. This year’s theme, “Every Hero Has a Story,” celebrates heroes in literature.

June 15, 2015
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Hoylman Statement on Cooper Union's Decision to Seek New Leadership

NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “As the Senator representing Cooper Union, I'm very pleased the college has purged its leadership ranks of those responsible for the college's financial mismanagement and subsequent decision to charge undergraduates tuition, which directly contradicts Peter Cooper's original intention of providing a higher education 'open and free to all.'  I'm pleased that the college will soon have new leadership and I hope that new leadership will ensure this historic institution remains tuition-free.

June 11, 2015
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Lawmakers and Leaders Push for Recognition of Diwali as a State Holiday

LAWMAKERS AND LEADERS PUSH FOR RECOGNITION OF DIWALI AS A STATE HOLIDAYSenator Comrie and Assembly Member Miller Take the Lead for Cultural Inclusion

(Jamaica, N.Y. -- June 6th, 2015) Senator Leroy Comrie (D-Hollis), religious organizations and community leaders held a press conference in support of Senate Bill S5304 and Assembly Bill A4331, which would establish Diwali as an official public school holiday.

June 11, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES MANHASSET HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER TEAM ON CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently congratulated the Manhasset High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team on winning the 2014 Nassau County Conference Class AB-2 Championship. 

     Senator Martins presented the team with copies of a legislative resolution he sponsored, which was passed by the Senate, honoring their accomplishment. With passage of the resolution, the team’s achievement will forever be part of the New York State Senate’s official record. 

June 11, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH WALLKILL STUDENT ARTISTS IN ALBANY

(Albany, NY)- Senator Bonacic met with students from the Wallkill School District who were in Albany to showcase their artwork as part of the New York State Art Teachers Association’s (NYSATA) annual legislative exhibit. The student exhibit is held every year and recognizes the artistic accomplishments of students from across New York.

June 11, 2015
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SQUADRON, KIM, MENG, CHIN STATEMENT ON SENATE BILL ADDING NYC LUNAR NEW YEAR SCHOOL HOLIDAY

ALBANY – The New York State Senate unanimously passed S.4648 (Golden, Squadron) on Tuesday night which would establish the Asian Lunar New Year as a school holiday in New York City. Legislation passed last year authorized the New York City Department of Education to consider closure for the holiday. This legislation would require it. State Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan/Brooklyn), Assemblymember Ron Kim (D-Queens), U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) and Councilmember Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan) released the following statement in response:

June 10, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES MUNSEY PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON EARNING NATIONAL RECOGNITION

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited Munsey Park Elementary School to offer his congratulations on the school being named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.

     Senator Martins presented Principal Dr. Jean Kendall with a legislative resolution he sponsored, which was passed by the Senate, commemorating the milestone. With passage of the resolutions, the school’s accomplishment will forever be part of the New York State Senate’s official record.

     Senator Martins is pictured with Munsey Park Elementary School Principal Dr. Jean Kendall, Assistant Principal Theresa Curry, and members of the Munsey Park Elementary School Student Council.

June 8, 2015
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RITCHIE INDUCTED INTO SUNY CANTON HALL OF FAME

Senator Recognized for her Commitment to College 

In recognition of her longstanding support of SUNY Canton, State Senator Patty Ritchie was recently inducted into the college’s “Hall of Fame.”

“SUNY Canton is one of New York’s outstanding institutions of higher learning—and a shining gem of the state’s system of public higher education,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I am truly humbled to be included among the select group of men and women who make up this year’s inductees, and am honored to be a part of SUNY Canton’s family, history and tradition.”

June 8, 2015
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Rochester School for the Deaf River Ramble 5k

I was happy to help kickoff the 7th annual Rochester School for the Deaf River Ramble 5k over the weekend. This fun 5k run/walk helps raise money for the Rochester School for the Deaf and all of their programs and services. 

June 8, 2015
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Senator Bonacic commends Valedictorians, Salutatorians, and Honored Students from the 42nd Senate District

Senator Bonacic recently honored high school valedictorians, salutatorians and honored students from 23 high schools in the 42nd Senate District at his annual “Excellence in Education” event in Albany. The special occasion honors students who not only have excelled academically, but have also made positive contributions to their community.

June 8, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN, ASSEMBLYMAN DINOWITZ, COUNCILMAN COHEN CELEBRATE RIVERDALE NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE COMMUNITY AND TEEN CENTER GRAND OPENING

State & City funds secured by Klein, Dinowitz & Cohen provided essential upgrades to facility

June 5, 2015
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SQUADRON, KIM, MENG, CHIN, ELECTEDS, COMMUNITY URGE MAYOR TO MEET ON ADDING LUNAR NEW YEAR AS SCHOOL HOLIDAY IN 2015-16

40+ Electeds, Advocates Ask For Results of Promised DOE Study

Asian-Americans Comprise 15% of NYC Public School Students, Mayor Pledged Lunar New Year School Holiday

NEW YORK – State Senator Squadron, Assemblymember Kim, Congressmember Meng and Councilmember Chin today urged Mayor de Blasio to add Lunar New Year as a school holiday to the 2015-16 school calendar, with elected officials, community leaders and advocacy groups from across New York City. In a letter from over 40 elected officials and community advocates, the Mayor was asked to meet with the group to discuss the results of a Department of Education (DOE) analysis the Administration promised for completion in May, and ultimately, to keep the pledge he made to include Lunar New Year as a school holiday. The full letter is attached as a PDF.     

June 5, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Reads to First-Grade Class

Rochester, NY - Senator Ranzenhofer reads Splish, Splash, Splat! by Rob Scotton to a group of first-grade students at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy School No. 10. 

June 5, 2015
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