Issues: Education

Senator Felder Hosts Pre-K For All

Senator Simcha FelderHosts Pre-K For AllTues. August 12thandWed. August 20th2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.1412 Avenue J on the 2nd floor.

Children who attend free, full-day, high-quality Pre-K learn to problem solve, ask questions, and work together.  Children born in 2010 are still eligible to apply.For more information contact us: 718-253-2015

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Pre-K For All Flyer

August 7, 2014
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Second Round of Public-Private Partnership to Prepare Students for High-Skill Jobs Announced: High School Students can Earn College Degrees at No Cost and be First-in-Line for Jobs

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new round of funding available to continue the nationally recognized P-TECH model, which prepares students for highly-skilled jobs by bringing together public school districts, major employers, and institutions of higher education. Through partnerships created by this program, high school students study under an industry aligned curriculum, earn an associate degree at no cost to their families, and are first in line for jobs with participating companies upon graduation.

August 7, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #28: What To Do With An Extra $4.2 Billion

Recently, a French bank named BNP Paribas admitted laundering $190 billion through financial institutions in our state. The money was originating in Sudan and Iran, two countries blacklisted by ours for their support of terrorist organizations.

The bank is paying a huge fine - $8.9 billion – for its crimes. Our state is receiving $3.6 billion from the settlement. It’s one of five financial settlements that will, together, bring in $4.2 billion in unexpected revenue in the 2015 fiscal year.

August 7, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces New Law to Increase Mandated Child Abuse Reporters Working in Schools

Governor Signed Bill that Senator Kennedy Cosponsored to Expand and Clarify the Ranks of Mandated Reporters Looking out for Children in School and after School.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, today announced a new law that will increase the ranks of mandated reporters working in schools across the state. The legislation, which Senator Kennedy cosponsored, will expand and clarify the school officials required to report suspected child abuse by designating school coaches as mandated reporters. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed this bill into law today.

August 6, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA ANNOUNCES $250K FUNDING ALLOCATION FOR P.S.133/BELLEROSE PLAYGROUND

(BAYSIDE, Queens) On Tuesday, Senator Avella was joined by P.S. 133 Principal and Bellerose residents at a press conference to announce a $250,000 funding allocation to the Bellerose Playground, located directly behind the school.

 

August 6, 2014
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Griffo Calls for $4B Investment In Infrastructure, Schools, Tax Relief and Debt Relief

ALBANY – Senator Joseph A. Griffo today outlined how he believes the state should use its net $4.2 billion windfall from five financial settlements, as outlined in Monday’s state Division of Budget financial report (link opens PDF).

“In the context of a $142 billion spending plan, these settlements won’t pay for everything,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “It’s important to maintain perspective and prioritize. Creating new programs and funding pet projects may make some lawmakers look good, but it’s not a good use of a one-time revenue.”

August 5, 2014
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“Parents’ Bill of Rights”

Every parent has a fundamental right to protect their child’s personal data and to choose what information is available and to whom.  With that in mind, I was proud to support the creation of a “Parents’ Bill of Rights”.

As part of this year’s State Budget, the State Education Department (SED) was required to develop a "Parents' Bill of Rights" on the use and security of student data. The law was a direct result of strong parental opposition to the inBloom data cloud project.  In addition to requiring the Bill of Rights, the law also forced SED to eliminate the plan to participate in the inBloom project.

July 31, 2014
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RITCHIE REUNITES WITH “MR. BAND”

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited the St. Lawrence County Fair this week, attending the event’s “Band Day.”

During the awards portion of the day, Senator Ritchie presented Carlton Peck, also known as “Mr. Band,” with an official Senate Proclamation commemorating the 50th edition of band awards. 

July 31, 2014
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JCY-Westchester Community Partners Summer Reading Buddies

On Tuesday, July 29th, Senator Stewart-Cousins participated in the JCY-Westchester Community Partners Summer Reading Buddies Program by volunteering to read one-on-one with a 2nd grader at the Yonkers Library. The Summer Reading Buddies Program, which continues to grow every year, meets twice a week for six weeks in the Yonkers Riverfront Library and once a week at the Mount Vernon Public Library. Children work with our volunteers on their assigned summer reading projects while their parents attend workshops on life skills offered through partner organizations.

July 31, 2014
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Your Voice With Senator Griffo: Tax Relief, Common Core, Financial Windfall

Senator Griffo discusses the 2014 session, including tax relief initiatives, Common Core changes, highway and road funding, tuition assistance for college-bound New Yorkers and what to do with a $3 billion windfall from a bank settlement. Julia Lilkendey hosts.

July 30, 2014
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Summer Reading Program at English Village Elementary School

Thanks to the Greece Central School District for inviting me to read to elementary school students for their summer reading program at English Village yesterday afternoon. This is a great program that helps students improve their reading and literacy during summer vacation!

July 29, 2014
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Legislature Passes Bill Promoting Broadband Expansion

ALBANY – Streamlining the process to access federal grant funding to expand broadband in rural areas will open the doors to more economic opportunities, healthcare innovation, and educational investment.

A bill sponsored and passed by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, speeds up the process that certain broadband providers, called Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs), go through to access federal loans designated for broadband expansion. This legislation also was passed by the Assembly and is awaiting the Governor’s signature into law.

July 28, 2014
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Little Helpers, Senator O'Brien help School #33 with books, food

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.

July 21, 2014
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BUILDING BRIGHTER COMMUNITIES, PAGE BY PAGE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

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. 

July 21, 2014
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Senator Young Announces Funding for Local Libraries

For Release: Immediate, July 21, 2014

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.

July 21, 2014
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For Immediate Release

July 18, 2014

For Immediate Release

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.

 

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July 18, 2014
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Senator LaValle Announces Summer Reading Program for Students

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.”

July 18, 2014
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Summer Reading at Brookside Elementary School

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! 

July 18, 2014
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July 18, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS INVITES FAMILIES TO PARTICIPATE IN HIS SUMMER READING PROGRAM

     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.

July 17, 2014
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