Issues: Education

SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN “LEADERSHIP U” IN FLORAL PARK

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently took part in the third annual Leadership U at Floral Park Memorial High School. 

     Leadership U (short for Leadership University) is a program where students get to interact with community leaders and role models to learn leadership skills. The program is sponsored by The Leadership Foundation of Floral Park-Bellerose.

     “I really enjoyed participating in this program, and once again the Foundation did a fantastic job. It was great meeting the kids, talking with them, and learning about all the wonderful things they're doing in school and the community,” said Senator Martins.

March 20, 2015
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March 19, 2:15 PM - 2:23 PM
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SENATOR REV. RUBEN DIAZ AND REV. JOHNNIE GREEN TO LEAD NEARLY 100 MEMBERS OF NEW YORK'S BLACK AND HISPANIC CLERGY URGING STATE TO PASS BOLD CHANGES TO END FAILING SCHOOLS CRISIS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMARCH 18, 2015SENATOR REV. RUBEN DIAZ AND REV. JOHNNIE GREEN TO LEAD NEARLY 100 MEMBERS OF NEW YORK'S BLACK AND HISPANIC CLERGY URGING STATE TO PASS BOLD CHANGES TO END FAILING SCHOOLS CRISISNew York, NY - State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. and Rev. Dr. Johnnie Green will lead nearly 100 prominent members of New York's Black and Hispanic clergy from the New York Hispanic Clergy Association and Mobilizing Preachers and Communities to gather on the steps of City Hall, Thursday, March 19 at 12:00 PM, urging elected officials in Albany for bold action fixing a statewide crisis that fails close to 800,000 students every year.

March 18, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN ANNOUNCES 50 NEW UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS TO OPEN IN THE BRONX – MORE THAN 2,600 NEW SEATS ADDED, OVER 1,000 SEATS CONVERTED TO FULL DAY INSTRUCTION

661 New UPK Seats in Hunts Point, Soundview, Castle Hill, Country Club and Throggs Neck; 470 in Riverdale/Kingsbridge; 535 in Woodlawn, Pelham Parkway, Morris Park and City Island

Klein Urges Bronx Families With Eligible Young Children to Register Ahead of April 24th Deadline

March 18, 2015
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South Middle School Chorus Performs in Albany

I would like to thank Director Caroline Stupple and the members of the South Middle School Chorus from Newburgh Enlarged City School District for traveling to Albany to perform during the New York State School Music Association's "Music In Our Schools" month.

March 17, 2015
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Your Voice With Senator Ortt

Senator Ortt discusses mental health-related topics, the New York State Budget, education and the Start-Up NY tax policy.

March 17, 2015
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Seward Stresses Education Priorities At Budget Conference Committee Meeting

ALBANY, 03/16/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today during the first  education budget conference committee meeting restated his leading priorities in regard to the education budget.

“Eliminating the Gap Elimination Adjustment, providing fair and equitable funding to our neediest schools, boosting aid to local libraries, and decoupling the governor’s ‘education reforms’ from the budget remain my top priorities as we work toward a fifth consecutive on-time budget,” said Senator Seward.

March 16, 2015
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Senator Bonacic meets with Orange, Ulster and Sullivan School Board Members

Senator Bonacic met with school board members from Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties on March 16th, in his Albany office. The Productive conversation focused on educational funding and priorities for the 2015-2016 New York State Budget

March 16, 2015
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Addresses the Regents on Behalf of Special Needs Students and Schools

(Albany - March 16th) Senate Democratic Leader Stewart-Cousins addressing the Regents on behalf of special needs students and schools.

March 16, 2015
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Senate Republican Budget Plan Creates Property Tax Rebate & Eliminates GEA

The New York State Senate Republican Majority approved a budget plan Thursday that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, increases aid to education and eliminates the Gap Elimination Adjustment.  It also makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure.

March 16, 2015
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March 16, 5:30 PM - 6:06 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Serves as Panelist at the New York State School Board Association Capital Conference

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco participated in the State Leaders Panel at the New York State School Board Association annual Capital Conference, which took place at the Albany Hilton Sunday March 15, 2015.  Some of the issues discussed were education funding, school testings, charter schools, and the education tax credit.  

 

 

March 16, 2015
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Seward To Play Leading Role In Budget Negotiations

ALBANY, 03/13/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to the education and higher education budget conference committees and will also serve as an alternate to the general budget conference committee.

Regarding his education conference committee assignment Senator Seward said:

“The senate budget resolution accomplishes two of my primary goals – ending the disastrous Gap Elimination Adjustment and significantly raising school aid through a fair and equitable formula.  Moving forward, I will work to protect this vital funding for our students, and will also focus on the education ‘reforms’ proposed by the governor.”  

March 13, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS VISITS MANHASSET SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DISCUSS EDUCATION ISSUES

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently met with administrators, principals, teachers, and Board of Education members from the Manhasset School District to discuss a variety of education issues.

     Senator Martins discussed his efforts to increase state education aid to Manhasset and the rest of Long Island’s, end the harmful Gap Elimination Adjustment to bring additional funding to the district, and continue to address issues with Common Core. 

March 13, 2015
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Senator Marc Panepinto Stands with 12 Regional Education Leaders and Teachers, Calls for Albany to Put Children First During Budget Negotiations

Panepinto: “Proud of progress made toward ending the devastating GEA but there is still much work to be done”

On FRIDAY, March 13th at 10:00 a.m., Senator Marc Panepinto stood alongside teachers, administrators, school board members and superintendents from Orchard Park, Hamburg, Ken-Ton, and Lake Shore School Districts in a critical push for public education. With 3 weeks left until the April 1st budget deadline, Senator Panepinto spoke on the recent senate budget resolution, the need for equity in school aid, an end to the devastating GEA, and a return to putting our children’s future success at the forefront of education policy.

“The taxpayers, families, students, and teachers of Western New York schools need immediate relief from the devastating impact of the Gap Elimination Adjustment and an end to the disproportion in state aid funding,” said Senator Marc Panepinto. “With municipalities already struggling to stay within the restrictive tax cap, the GEA is not just a social justice issue - it’s an economic one as well. Eliminating it will undoubtedly lower property taxes across the board by injecting revenue into our school budgets that hasn’t been there since the start of the recession. It is time Albany stops balancing their budgets on the backs of our children and middleclass.”

March 13, 2015
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Capital Tonight: Murphy leads effort to stop Common Core

ALBANY, NY - YNN's Capital Tonight took a look at a bill introduced by State Senator Terrence Murphy this week that strengthens parents ability to have their children opt out from Common Core testing.

The measure, known as the Common Core Refusal Act, would require the state Department of Education to notify parents of their right to not have children in grades 3 through 8 participate in Common Core-based testing, according to the article. This bill codifies that parents receive proper notification of their rights as it relates to refusing to have their children participate in these field tests.

March 13, 2015
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Senate Passes "Brighter Future" Budget Plan

The Senate Republican Majority is working to eliminate the GEA, so that our kids have an outstanding education and brighter future.

March 12, 2015
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Ortt: Senate Budget a Huge Boost to Western NY Schools

Senator Fights for Increased School Funding, College Tuition Assistance

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) announced today the passage of the State Senate’s “Brighter Future” budget plan and laid out the benefits for Western New York schools and families. The Senate’s proposal, to be negotiated with the Assembly and the Governor, increases school aid by $1.9 billion over last year, completely eliminates the $1 billion deficit remaining from the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).

March 12, 2015
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