Issues: Education

Griffo Launches "Empire State Executives" Tour

ROME – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo is teaming up with six former U.S. presidents to bring New York history into local elementary classrooms Friday.

The traveling road show, “Empire State Executives: New York’s Presidents,” will teach students about New Yorkers in politics who made it to the highest office in the country. Griffo, R-Rome, will also explain his job in the New York Senate, and the similarities and differences between today and the past.

May 29, 2014
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RITCHIE TO HONOR 65 EDUCATORS WITH GOLDEN APPLE AWARD

RITCHIE TO HONOR 65 EDUCATORS WITH GOLDEN APPLE AWARD

Honorees to be Recognized at Friday Event in Pulaski

 

In recognition for their dedication to brightening the futures of students in the Central and Northern New York regions, State Senator Patty Ritchie will award 65 local educators with her Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence.

 

Educators receiving the award include those who dedicate their lives to working with students with special needs and individuals who ignite a passion for learning in those they teach to those who have made headlines for safeguarding students and educators who have overcome major challenges to pursue their careers.

 

“It doesn’t matter who you are, we can all remember a teacher who has made a lasting, significant impact on our life,” said Senator Ritchie.

 

“That’s what this event is all about—recognizing educators for going above and beyond to make a difference in those who they teach.  I’m pleased to recognize these 65 educators for dedicating themselves not only to their careers, but more importantly, to the students they influence each and every day.”

May 29, 2014
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FELDER SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO HELP PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has taken the lead as the prime Senate sponsor of a bill which streamlines the process of special education placements and requires a more expeditious placement and tuition reimbursement process for private schools. The bill will be introduced this week in the Senate and is being sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-Brooklyn).

May 29, 2014
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Committee Meeting: New York City Education Subcommittee Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on New York City Education Subcommittee  Senator Simcha Felder, Chair  9:30 AM, Thursday, May 29, 2014  Room 945 LOB

May 29, 9:30 AM - 9:41 AM
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education  Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair  10:00 AM, Thursday, May 29, 2014  Room 124 CAP

May 29, 10:00 AM - 10:10 AM
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Canastota plans 2.97 percent hike in school tax levy

By Michael Yeoman, Dispatch Correspondent

POSTED: 05/14/14, 3:16 PM EDT

CANASTOTA >> The Canastota Central School Distinct held its public hearing Tuesday night on the proposed 2014-15 school budget that will be decided by district voters May 20.

Although there were approximately 100 people in attendance, there was little public comment and no opposition to the budget expressed.

Canastota resident Brenda Conover said she attended the hearing to better educate herself on the entire budget process. “I feel that the district has done a very good job in looking out not only for the taxpayers, but most importantly, the children,” she said.

May 22, 2014
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The Recorder: Senator honors local coaches and champion wrestler Brandon Lapi

State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, honored and presented Senate resolutions to three local wrestling coaches who have dedicated a combined 105 years to the sport, and who have coached state, national and olympic champions.

She also presented a resolution to Amsterdam High School's Brandon Lapi, who won more than 260 matches and five Section II titles in his high school career.

"And, in the final match of his high school career," Tkaczyk said, "Brandon won the Division I, 138-pound title match to become state wrestling champ." She noted that Brandon was also selected the Division I Most Outstanding Wrestler.

"Brandon is a true champion and a winner who will no doubt continue to have great success in his life," she said.

May 22, 2014
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Students Shadow Senator Valesky

Two students shadowed Senator Valesky on May 20: Ganli Demyttenaere (left) of Cazenovia Central High School and Joshua Schecter of Milford Central School in Cooperstown. The students toured the Capitol and observed both the Senate and Assembly in session.

May 22, 2014
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Nueva York tiene estancada su agenda migratoria

Según ha informado El Diario:

Nueva York – Cuando parecía olvidada, la propuesta de ley para que inmigrantes indocumentados soliciten licencias de conducir sumó el respaldo de la organización Transportation Alternatives, que promueve el uso del transporte público, y The Worker's Justice Center of NY, entidad pro trabajadores agrícolas del norte del estado.

El apoyo de esta última es clave por el área donde opera ya que puede sumar el respaldo de residentes y legisladores de Albany, Kingston y Rochester.

El senador José Peralta (D-Queens) argumenta que su propuesta de licencia para indocumentados aborda dos asuntos críticos, "oportunidad económica y seguridad en las calles, y por eso el apoyo a esta legislación seguirá creciendo".

Sin embargo, hasta ahora ese no ha sido el caso. Las dos principales legislaciones migratorias presentadas, el Dream Act y las licencias para indocumentados, se han estancado en la legislatura a pesar que Nueva York es un estado demócrata y progresista.

Ambas propuestas han sido introducidas más de una vez pero según expertos, ni los políticos ni los activistas han sabido articular su importancia económica.

Para el artículo completo, haga clic aquí.

May 21, 2014
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SENATE APPROVES SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION TO ENSURE SCHOOLS CONTINUE TO SAVE ON THEIR TRANSPORTATION COSTS

Legislation Would Make School Bus Mandate Relief Act Permanent

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to ensure school districts continue receiving mandate relief on their transportation costs. The legislation (S3141) would make the savings provided by the school bus mandate relief act permanent.

May 20, 2014
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FELDER’S WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESS OF TRANSPORTATION LAW

As his after 4 P.M. school bus program enters its second year, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) took time last week at a workshop for non-public schools to reflect on the continued success of the transportation law he sponsored, and to discuss how the State’s education budget impacts the non-public school community.

Some 70 schools from across the five boroughs attended the meeting, which was held at Ateres Chaya Hall in Borough Park on Thursday, May 15. The group also heard remarks from Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-Brooklyn), who co-sponsored the legislation in the Assembly, and from Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn).

May 20, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER ON BROWN V BOARD OF EDUCATION 60TH ANNIVERSARY

(Brooklyn, NY) - "Sixty years ago today, the Supreme Court of the United States announced its unanimous ruling in Brown v the Board of Education. As we all know, the Court's decision made it crystal clear that not only were the racially segregated school systems of the day unequal and illegal, but that segregated schools could never be equal and therefore violated the U.S. Constitution.

May 19, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Students From Sexual Predators at School

The New York State Senate today passed legislation criminalizing any school employee or volunteer who has sexual contact with a student, even if that student is at the age of consent.

May 19, 2014
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SQUADRON, SILVER, ELECTEDS, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS CELEBRATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO PUSH LUNAR NEW YEAR SCHOOL HOLIDAY

Electeds: Momentum Builds to Recognize Importance of Lunar New Year Holiday

 

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, elected officials from around the city, and community leaders celebrated the passage of a bill to push the Lunar New Year as a school holiday. The bill (S.6688 Golden/Squadron / A.7756 Kim/Silver) passed the State Senate earlier this week and the Assembly in February and will now go to Governor Cuomo's desk.

 

May 16, 2014
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Reading at Walt Disney Elementary School

I had a great time reading "House Mouse Senate Mouse" to 2nd and 3rd grade students at Walt Disney Elementary School in the Town of Gates this afternoon. The students enjoyed the book and had some great questions about government and my job as a State Senator. Thanks to the Gates Chili School District and the Rochester Regional Library Council for the invitation!

May 15, 2014
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Senator Valesky Names Judy O’Rourke New York State Senate Woman of Distinction

Syracuse– State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced today that Judy O’Rourke, director of undergraduate studies at Syracuse University, has been selected as the 53rd Senate District’s 2014 Woman of Distinction. O’Rourke was recognized for her work in developing the Pan Am 103 Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars programs at SU, which honor the memory of the 35 students lost in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

May 14, 2014
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Senator Stavisky and Assemblyman Kim Applaud Passage of School Holiday Bill

Albany, NY—The New York State Senate today passed S.6688, a bill that would allow the New York City Department of Education to close schools on days where a considerable portion of students are likely to be absent because of a cultural or religious holiday.

May 13, 2014
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SQUADRON STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO PUSH LUNAR NEW YEAR SCHOOL HOLIDAY

ALBANY—Today, the New York State Senate approved a bill (S.6688 Golden/Squadron / A.7756 Kim/Silver), long championed by Senator Squadron, to allow Lunar New Year to be a school holiday. The bill would  require that the city Department of Education (DOE) consider closing schools if a holiday is likely to result in a considerable proportion of students being absent. The State Assembly passed this bill in February.

May 13, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Discusses Education Issues With City & State

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) joins with Matthew Hamilton of City & State to discuss education issues in New York State -- May 9, 2014

May 9, 2014
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Senator Carlucci Honors Ossining Girls Basketball Team on Senate Floor for Winning State Title

Senator Carlucci honored the Ossining Girls Basketball team on the Senate floor today for winning the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA State Championship this year.  The New York State Senate passed a resolution honoring the athletes for their victorious season. The team, along with coach Dan Ricci, made the trip to Albany to receive the resolution personally.The Ossining Pride Girls Basketball Team, for the second year in a row, captured the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA State Championship. On March 15, 2014, the Pride handily defeated their opponent, Cicero-North Syracuse 74-59, to win the title at the Hudson Valley Community College in Troy New York. 

May 9, 2014
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