Issues: Education

Brooklyn educators honored at award ceremony

Hundreds of Brooklyn educators were honored Thursday at the Educational Leadership Awards Breakfast.

Full story at News 12 Brooklyn.

May 7, 2015
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Seward Advances Key Education Reforms

ONEONTA, 05/07/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that he is co-sponsoring legislation (S.5124) that will make major changes in New York State education policy.

May 7, 2015
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Board of Regents 'Learning Summit' today ~ Watch live webcast beginning at 9 a.m.

The state Board of Regents will conduct a daylong "Learning Summit" in Albany on Thursday, May 7.

Watch today's "Learning Summit" via a live webcast HERE (note: the link to the summit becomes available at 8:30 a.m.) -- and submit your questions at: summitquestions@nysed.gov.)

May 7, 2015
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Senator Michael Venditto Honors North Bellmore Superintendent Marie Testa

At a ceremony in Albany on Tuesday, May 5, Senator Michael Venditto (R, C, I- Massapequa) presented North Bellmore School Superintendent Marie Testa with the NYS Senate’s annual Woman of Distinction Award.

May 6, 2015
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

A New Direction

     It was the unflappable Winston Churchill, who said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

May 4, 2015
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO HOSTS GENEVA MIDDLE SCHOOL'S STUDENT COUNCIL

Senator Nozzolio recently hosted Geneva Middle School's Student Council at the New York State Capitol in Albany.  The group visited Albany to learn more about their New York State government and to meet with Senator Nozzolio and Assemblyman Brian Kolb.  The students toured the Capitol, visited the state museum and had the opportunity to witness official proceedings of the New York State Senate. 

May 4, 2015
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO WELCOMES INCOMING CORNELL PRESIDENT ELIZABETH GARRETT TO NEW YORK STATE CAPITOL

Senator Mike Nozzolio recently welcomed incoming Cornell University President, Elizabeth Garrett, to the New York State Capitol.  President Garrett previously served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Southern California (USC) and will begin her term at Cornell on July 1st of this year.

May 4, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: Legislation related to issues of privacy, data breach, and appropriate penalties for violations

Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation, and Entrepreneurship
Sponsor: Senator Martin J. Golden, Chair
Co-Sponsor: Senator Richard Funke, Vice-Chair
Meeting: Legislation related to issues of privacy, data breach, and appropriate penalties for violations
Place: Room 711-A, Legislative Office Building, 7th Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Contact: Robert Herz (518) 455-2730
Media Contact: Robert Herz (518) 455-2730

May 27, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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April 28 - Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young

During this week’s appearance on “Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young,” the Senator discussed some of the positive results for her district in the 2015-16 State Budget. This year’s budget makes a strong investment in rural broadband service, provides record levels of funding for our local schools and includes significant tax relief for local property tax payers.

 

May 1, 2015
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH NEW STATE BOARD OF REGENTS MEMBER

State Senator Patty Ritchie met this week at the State Capitol with Regent Beverly Ouderkirk, the newest member of the state Board of Regents. 

A longtime educator and resident of Morristown, Regent Ouderkirk now represents an 11 country region, which includes Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, on the board tasked with overseeing state educational policies. 

May 1, 2015
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - April 29

Senator Ranzenhofer discusses the details of the new 2015-2016 New York State Budget.

April 30, 2015
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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  1:30 PM, Monday, May 4, 2015  945 LOB

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE AND TIME OF COMMITTEE MEETING 

May 4, 1:30 PM - 1:49 PM
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education  Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair  10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 5, 2015  Room 124 CAP

May 5, 10:00 AM - 10:04 AM
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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN READ ACROSS AMERICA PROGRAM WITH PORT WASHINGTON STUDENTS

     Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited South Salem Elementary School in Port Washington to read to students as part of the Read Across America Earth Day Celebration.

     Senator Martins read The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life With the Chimps by Jeanette Winter to third grade students. The book teaches students about Jane Goodall’s life, her efforts to observe and study chimps, and her crusade to save them and their habitat from extinction.

     Senator Martins is pictured as he reads The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life With the Chimps to third grade students at South Salem Elementary School.

April 30, 2015
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Senator Stewart-Couins Speaking To Yonkers Middle School Students

(April 30th - Yonkers) As the school year neared its end, in preparation for graduation and the next phase of their lives, 7th and 8th graders of Yonkers Middle School intently listened to Senator Stewat-Cousins as she spoke about the importance of education, being a good student and citizen in general, and how the students can seemlessly transition to high school and beyond.

April 30, 2015
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Senator Gianaris: State Owes LIC High School Almost $7 Million

Senator Michael Gianaris is working to see that New York State provides Long Island City High School with the nearly $7 million the school is owed as determined by a 2006 Court of Appeals decision in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) case. Senator Gianaris, who graduated from LICHS, noted that his alma mater was owed more than all but two other schools at $6,709,960.29 in total. This astronomical figure averages out to more than $2,660 per pupil. Senator Gianaris has a long history of fighting for LICHS in the face of threatened co-locations and closures.

“Starving our public schools of the resources they need has led us to a crisis. It is unacceptable that this school, which has beaten back attack after attack in recent years, remains nearly $7 million dollars short of what it needs,” said Senator Gianaris. “We should be giving our kids every opportunity to succeed but instead the students at Long Island City High School have been forced to deal with bureaucratic distractions, and now we find out it's not getting millions of dollars to which it is legally entitled. I will do all I can to make sure this is rectified.”

April 30, 2015
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Seward Welcomes New York State Champion Cooperstown Girls Basketball Team To Senate

ALBANY, 04/29/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today proudly welcomed the Cooperstown High School Girls Basketball team and their coach Mike Niles to Albany where they were honored during the senate session as the 2015 New York State Class C champions.

“The Cooperstown High School Girls Basketball team is made up of true trailblazers – capturing the school’s first state basketball title,” said Senator Seward.  “From the extra practices at the Clark Sports Center, to summer tournaments, to late nights at the Cooperstown High School gym, and, I’m certain, some time in neighborhood driveways shooting free throws, this team put the work in and the end result was a much sought after state title.”

April 29, 2015
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SENATORS MEET WITH PRESIDENT-ELECT GARRETT

Albany, N.Y., April 28—Cornell University President-elect Elizabeth Garrett visited the state capital today to meet with Senate and Assembly leaders as an introduction to her upcoming tenure, to help celebrate the occasion of Cornell’s 150th anniversary, and to discuss the university’s future and how its mission intersects with New York State’s overall economic and educational goals.

April 28, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS HELPS CELEBRATE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF GREAT NECK PUBLIC SCHOOLS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with the Great Neck community in celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Great Neck School District.

     Senator Martins sponsored a legislative resolution with Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D-16th Assembly District) to commemorate the milestone achievement. With passage of the resolution by the Senate and Assembly, the Great Neck School District’s 200 years of excellence will forever be memorialized in the New York State Legislature’s official record.

April 28, 2015
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Senator Marc Panepinto Introduces Mayoral Option Plan for Buffalo Public Schools

Senator’s legislation to prioritize Mayoral input over Mayoral control

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Marc Panepinto released the following statement on his proposed Mayoral option plan for the City of Buffalo’s Public Schools:

“While there has been a lot of talk regarding Mayoral control and the fate of the Buffalo Public School District, we have failed to see any action taken. Today, I am introducing legislation that will change that by proposing a plan that prioritizes Mayoral input over Mayoral control. My Senate bill will authorize Mayor Byron Brown to appoint two additional members to the Buffalo Board of Education. This proposal expands upon community involvement and participation by requiring the Common Council to approve the appointments. Giving the Mayor input on Buffalo’s public education system is a measured first step in improving our city’s schools. We have an obligation to Buffalo’s hardworking families to act and finally start the dialogue on this critical issue. The 34,000 students who attend these schools deserve nothing less.”

April 28, 2015
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