Issues: Education

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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Two With Tom 4/27/15

Senator Croci on Education -- Students Caught in the Crossfire

April 27, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Introduces SRO Officer at Wheatland-Chili Central School District

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) met Friday, April 24, with Wheatland-Chili Central School Superintendent Deborah Leh, Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn and School Resource Officer Laura Michaels, a Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy. Funding secured by Gallivan in last year’s state budget made it possible for the school district to establish a School Resource Officer (SRO) program in February.  In collaboration with the County of Monroe and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the program will continue through the end of the 2014-2015 school year.   

April 27, 2015
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'Cornell University marks 150th anniversary'

Congratulations to Cornell University on 150 outstanding years!

April 27, 2015
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Senator Marc Panepinto Comments on Urgent Letter Sent to Chancellor Merryl Tisch Earlier Today

Tonight’s announcement is essentially a band-aid to a larger problem.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Marc Panepinto released the following statement on the urgent letter he sent to Chancellor Merryl Tisch earlier today:

“While I applaud Chancellor Tisch for finally putting policy over politics, she has not gone far enough. Tonight’s announcement is essentially a band-aid to a larger problem. It still does not address the fact that standardized testing was never designed or meant to evaluate teachers. It has always been intended to serve as a learning tool that actually improves the quality and equity of public education for every student. That is why I sent the Chancellor a letter earlier today calling for a two-year moratorium on the creation of any high stakes  testing “evaluation” system until the impact of the Governor’s ill-vetted testing policy could be fully studied. This cannot be done by the June 30th deadline that the Chancellor acknowledged she still plans to enforce with the Board of Regents. That said, tonight’s announcement is a victory for the grassroots movement that has finally forced Albany to listen.  It is my hope now that the Chancellor will take my letter and the pleas of millions of concerned New Yorkers seriously and actually give due consideration to the impact and rationale behind high stakes testing.”

April 24, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN HONORS LOCAL PARENT LEADERS AT ANNUAL EDUCATORS BREAKFAST

Awards Breakfast Celebrates Achievements and Contributions of More Than 50 Parent Leaders in the Bronx

BRONX, NY - Celebrating the remarkable achievements and positive contributions of parent leaders in the 34th Senate District, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by more than 200 education officials, local teachers and parents, today hosted his annual Educators Breakfast at F&J Pine Restaurant in the Bronx. More than 50 parent leaders received certificates of appreciation for their dedication to local schools.

April 24, 2015
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Education Update ~ from Capital NY, "Regents to hold teacher evaluation 'summit' in Albany" ~ Read more and see the SED memo

Albany, N.Y., April 23--It was reported today that the Board of Regents have scheduled an invite-only "learning summit" in Albany on May 7, which will be live-streamed for public viewing.

Read more from Capital NY, "Regents to hold teacher evaluation 'summit' in Albany"

See attached copy below of the April 2015 memo from the State Education Department. 

April 23, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education  Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair  10:00 AM, Tuesday, April 28, 2015  Room 124 CAP

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Ranzenhofer

An act to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting cyber-bullying

1005  Refer to Finance

April 28, 10:07 AM - 10:19 AM
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Senator Ortt's Week in Review

Sen. Ortt discusses what he's been doing throughout his district. 

April 23, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Announces $12.5 million for the Learning Commons Project at NCCC

In the New York State budget, Sen. Ortt helped secure $12.5 million dollars for NCCC that will be used to transform the library area into the advanced learning commons area. This is a short clip of the press conference. 

April 23, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Urges Public Comment on Education Reform

Education is at a crossroads in New York State.  There is a great deal of concern and  frustration among parents, students, educators and taxpayers.

Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo attempted to enact far-reaching educational reforms as part of the 2015-2016 New York State budget.  My Senate colleagues and I  rejected the governor’s original education reform plan and, where possible, made changes in an effort to find more reasonable common ground.   

April 23, 2015
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Seward Secures State Funding For History Program

COOPERSTOWN, 04/23/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the state budget includes, at his insistence, $100,000 to continue the state’s participation in National History Day.  The announcement coincides with the statewide judging of student projects taking place in Cooperstown April 26-27.

April 23, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on New Teacher Evaluation System

“Rushing to implement a new teacher evaluation system would be misguided. We’ve been down this road before and we’ve seen where faulty and fast implementation of poorly conceived education changes leads. Demonizing teachers, over-testing students and rushing major reforms will not improve our education system, it will only cause more problems. Delaying the implementation of this new teacher evaluation system is the minimum step that should be taken.”

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April 23, 2015
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Submit Your Comments to the State Education Department

Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo attempted to enact far-reaching educational reforms as part of the 2015-2016 New York State budget. 

My Senate colleagues and I, very early on in this year's budget adoption process, rejected the broad scope of the original Cuomo education reform plan and, in particular, the plan's over-reliance on testing.

April 22, 2015
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Teacher Evaluation Comment Period Now Open

Dear Neighbor,

 

Recently, I helped to pass my first Budget as State Senator for the 55th District, one that includes important provisions to create jobs, control taxes, clean-up Albany, and invest in our community. Yet most of the public discussion has been dominated by one issue: Education.

April 21, 2015
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Queens pols urging gay conversion ban

As reported by Queens Chronicle:

With President Obama’s office’s recent declaration that “gay conversion therapy” — or psychiatric practices geared toward “curing” lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth — should be banned in states, New York legislators are calling for the passing of a bill that would prohibit the procedures.

Last Thursday, state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) reignited the call to pass Senate bill 4917, which would prohibit mental health professionals from partaking in any effort to change a minor’s sexual orientation.

For full article, click here.

April 21, 2015
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Applying pressure on Cuomo to DREAM

As reported by Queens Chronicle:

The dream isn’t over, yet.

After Gov. Cuomo dropped the DREAM Act from the state budget last month, sponsor state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) is pushing for it to be passed in June, whether his name is on it or not.

Peralta, who has made it clear over recent months that the bill — which would grant college financial aid to qualifying unauthorized immigrants and faces the challenge of passing the Republican-controlled Senate — said in a sit-down interview with the Queens Chronicle that supporters are calling for Cuomo to make it a program bill.

For full article, click here.

April 21, 2015
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The New Gates Public Library Early Learning Center

It was an exciting day at the Gates Public Library yesterday as we cut the ribbon on the new Early Learning Center. I was proud to secure a $15,000 grant to help transform this unoccupied space in the library into a fun area for children to learn and play. I am certain this will be a popular addition to the Gates Public Library!

Click here for more pictures from the new Early Learning Center!

April 21, 2015
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LIBRARIES: THEY’RE MORE THAN WHAT’S ON THE SHELF

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

April 20, 2015
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NYS Education Department Taking Public Comment on New Teacher Evaluation Standards

I have been notified that the public comment period on the proposed changes to the Annual Professional Performance Review for teachers has been opened. Public comment on the pending evaluation regulations should be sent to Eval2015@nysed.gov this is your opportunity to let the Board of Regents know your thoughts and concerns. I encourage you to make constructive comments and help make the system better for everyone especially the children.

April 17, 2015
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