Issues: Education

Senate Passes Bill Protecting Students from Sexual Assault on College & University Campuses

The New York State Senate has passed crucial legislation in the fight against sexual violence on college campuses. The bill (S5965) takes a comprehensive approach to help make every college and university campus throughout New York State more safe and secure. In 2014, members of the Senate Higher Education Committee convened a roundtable of advocates, legislators, college and

June 17, 2015
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO COMBAT SEXUAL VIOLENCE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

(Albany, NY)- Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce that legislation he supported has passed the Senate that will help combat sexual violence on college campuses. The bill, S.5965, would require all colleges and universities in the State of New York to implement uniform prevention and response policies and procedures relating to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

June 17, 2015
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Senator Hamilton's Chief of Staff Jarvis Houston Presenting Awards at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf Graduation Ceremony

(Brooklyn, NY - June 17, 2015)  Chief of Staff Jarvis Houston delivered remarks on behalf of Senator Hamilton. Though Senator Jesse Hamilton was unable to attend in person, he extended his congratulations to all the graduates.

June 17, 2015
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Sen. Valesky Meets with Frazer Students

Fourth and fifth graders from Frazer K-8 School in Syracuse met with Sen. Valesky at the Great Western Staircase (also known as the Million Dollar Staircase) in the State Capitol building on June 15. The students were on a school field trip to Albany. With them is Assemblywoman Maritza Davila.

June 17, 2015
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Following Historic $1.4 Billion Aid Increase, Senate Republicans Act To Further Protect Students And Schools

Building on the $1.4 billion school aid increase that was the centerpiece of the 2015-16 state budget approved in March, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and his colleagues in the Senate Republican conference 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 16, 2015
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SENATE PASSES EDUCATION REFORM LEGISLATION EMPOWERING STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that legislation which he supported, making key education reforms aimed at empowering students and teachers in New York, has passed the Senate. As part of the FY 2015-2016 State Budget, education spending increased by more than 6%. Senate Republicans fought to further eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), successfully reducing these devastating cuts by more than 85% overall.

June 16, 2015
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Murphy: Put Kids First

ALBANY, NY - The State Senate today approved new education reform measures Senator Terrence Murphy says are designed to empower parents and teachers, restore local control, and address the overemphasis on standardized testing. "The reform measures passed today require a comprehensive review, with stakeholders, of the effectiveness and appropriateness of Common Core learning standards," Murphy said. "After voting to deliver a $1.4 billion aid increase in school and on top of voting to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment scheme, these common-sense changes approved today puts our kids first."

June 16, 2015
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Senator Rev Rubén Díaz with an Interfaith Coalition of Religious Leaders hold a Kickoff Rally to support the Parental Choice in Education Act on June 4, 2015

Senator Rev Rubén Díaz with an Interfaith Coalition of Religious Leaders hold a Kickoff Rally to support the Parental Choice in Education Act on June 4, 2015

June 16, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN HOSTS CASTLE HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS AT BRONX DAY IN ALBANY

ALBANY, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) met with nearly 50 Bronx students from J.H.S. 127 Castle Hill Middle School at the State Capitol on Monday. The school’s visit coincided with the third annual Bronx Day celebration in Albany – a commemorative event highlighting the borough’s unique culture, thriving businesses, successful students and first-rate schools.

June 16, 2015
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FOLLOWING HISTORIC $1.4 BILLION AID INCREASE, SENATE REPUBLICANS ACT TO FURTHER PROTECT STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS

Conference Approves New Reform Measures to Empower Parents and Teachers, Restore Local Control, and Address Overemphasis on Standardized Tests 

June 16, 2015
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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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