Issues: Education

SENATOR GIANARIS INVITES YOUNG STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THANKSGIVING CREATIVE CELEBRATION

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris is sponsoring the New York State Senate Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration for western Queens elementary schools as part of this year’s holiday. Eligible students are invited to submit a piece of artwork, poem or one-page essay expressing why they are thankful on this Thanksgiving. The program is called “What Are You Thankful For?”and is offered to students in kindergarten through 6th grade.

“As Thanksgiving approaches, I encourage all our elementary school students to participate in this fun, reflective program,” Senator Gianaris said. “The program gives students the opportunity to be creative and convey thanks for their family, friends and community. I look forward to seeing all of the imaginative submissions.”

November 10, 2011
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Squadron Calls on Dept. of Ed: Improve District 2 Rezoning Plan

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron urged the NYC Department of Education to reform the student population projections it uses for rezoning, in a letter to Chancellor Dennis Walcott. The call came amidst serious concerns about DOE’s draft District 2 rezoning plan, which impacts thousands of families and many schools in Senator Squadron’s district. The letter is linked below.

Despite new schools in Lower Manhattan, the rapidly growing residential population is still leading to long waitlists, an unsustainable number of kindergarten sections at many schools, and rezoning challenges.

“The zoning plans do not include some important factors. The School Construction Authority must develop more accurate assessments of the capacity and demand for school seats in Lower Manhattan,” wrote Senator Squadron in the letter.

In particular, Senator Squadron's bill - S2884 - includes mechanisms for more accurate student population projections, better transparency and feedback in planning, and a stronger role for parents and the public. In the letter, Senator Squadron also urges DOE to use City population projections and birth rate data, as well as surveys of students’ families to better plan for the growing demand.  

November 7, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Government Class at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School

Senator Jack M. Martins spent an afternoon at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville, speaking with Ms. Picatagi’s government class. The students asked Senator Martins questions about his job as a Senator. They also asked questions about current issues such as healthcare and the state budget.

Senator Martins visited Holy Trinity after receiving an invitation to visit the school from student Danielle Beaudette.

Just as the students got going with their questions, the bell rung. But, Senator Martins said he would love to go back and continue the discussion. “I want to thank the students of Holy Trinity for having me. We had an engaging discussion about government. I enjoyed it and look forward to going back,” he said.

November 7, 2011
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Ranzenhofer invites Senate Education Chairman to Batavia

Plans to hold meeting with rural school district leaders

 

New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has invited the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Senator John J. Flanagan, to travel to Batavia and meet with members of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership on November 17 at the BEST Center at Genesee Community College. 

The purpose of the meeting will be for rural school district leaders to share their concerns about education funding and mandates with Senator Flanagan.

November 7, 2011
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Griffo gets Recognition For Library Advocacy

Griffo gets Recognition For Library Advocacy

November 3, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Elmont Memorial High School Homecoming Queen

State Senator Jack Martins attended the Elmont Memorial High School Homecoming and congratulated the Homecoming King and Queen for 2011! For Senator Martins, the day was extra special as his intern, Elmont football star Qusarn Caldwell was crowned "Homecoming King!" Another friend, Chanel Charles, a volunteer in Senator Martins 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, was crowned "Homecoming Queen!" "Even though we had snow, sleet, rain and high winds, nobody could take away the excitement homecoming brings to Elmont Memorial High School! I was proud to come, cheer on the team and take part in homecoming," said Senator Martins.

November 2, 2011
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Senator Valesky Receives High Marks For Supporting New York Libraries

SYRACUSE— New Yorkers for Better Libraries recently announced its grades for New York State Legislators. Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) received an A for his strong support of libraries throughout the community, scoring 140 of 160 points from the group.

November 2, 2011
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Senator Squadron: Dept. of Education Heeds Call, Adds New Seats to Future School at Peck Slip

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement after the NYC Department of Education announced plans to add additional seats to the future school at Peck Slip:

Today's Schools Capital Plan includes an important victory for Lower Manhattan: DoE has heeded our call to add 180 new seats to the future school at Peck Slip, bringing the total to 656. DoE deserves credit for being responsive to the needs of our growing, vibrant community.

As DoE continues to look at zoning in Lower Manhattan, a larger Peck Slip school should provide new flexibility and options -- moving us toward a conclusion that works better for all schools, current and future. I look forward to continuing to work with DoE, Speaker Silver, Councilmember Chin, and the community to prevent overcrowding, and ensure an overall schools plan that best serves kids.

November 1, 2011
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Senator Gianaris discusses Budget Cuts, Tax, Science Campus At Bd. 1

The Queens Gazette wrote on the October Community Board 1 meeting, where questions were raised on how the state deficit will be handled this year. Senator Gianaris, as the keynote speaker, spoke about a range of topics including ways in which we can boost our economy and maintain community members' rights to services they need.

New York state faces a projected budget deficit of $2.4 billion next year and after closing a gap of $10 billion, largely through cuts to health care and education, the question raised at the October meeting of Community Board 1 was how the state will handle the deficit this year.

November 1, 2011
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RITCHIE RATED 'A' BY LIBRARIES GROUP

Senator's Efforts on Behalf of Rural Libraries Lauded

State Senator Patty Ritchie was given an “A” for her efforts on behalf of New York State’s public libraries during the recent legislative session, according to New Yorkers for Better Libraries.

October 31, 2011
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Senator Martins Joins with Lakeville School For Pink Lemonade Fundraiser to Fight Breast Cancer

When someone hands you a lemon, make lemonade! That’s what the students at the Lakeville School in Great Neck did recently when they set up a pink lemonade stand. The students set up the lemonade stand to raise money to be donated for breast cancer research.

October 28, 2011
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Statement of Senator Ken LaValle: Higher Education Hearing on SAT Cheating

Good morning and welcome to SUNY Farmingdale for The New York State Senate Committee on Higher Education public hearing to investigate Truth-in-Testing: A Comprehensive Look at Standardized Testing Security Procedures.

October 27, 2011
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Statement of Senator Ken LaValle: Higher Education Hearing on SAT Cheating

Good morning and welcome to SUNY Farmingdale for The New York State Senate Committee on Higher Education public hearing to investigate Truth-in-Testing: A Comprehensive Look at Standardized Testing Security Procedures.

October 27, 2011
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Congratulations Andrew Groh For Completion of the NY Senate Summer Reading Program!

Senator Johnson congratulated Andrew Groh, a 4th grader at Marion G. Vedder Elementary School in North Babylon, upon his completion of the 2011 New York State Senate Summer Reading Program.

October 27, 2011
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All Media NY : Senator Espaillat Speaks out against firing of 700 Student aid workers

700 Student Aid Workers to be Laid Off

7 Oct 2011 10:13 AM EST

-by Molly C. Braswell

New York Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez spoke out at Thursday’s press conference to protest the firing of public school aids in the less economically profitable regions of New York City.

October 27, 2011
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El Diario - Exigen evitar los despidos de empleados de escuelas

NUEVA YORK — El despido de cerca de cientos de trabajadores de escuelas afectará desproporcionalmente a comunidades afroamericanas y latinas, particularmente en el Alto Manhattan, según denunciaron ayer el senador estatal Adriano Espaillat y el concejal Ydanis Rodríguez, junto al sindicato que agrupa a dichos trabajadores, el DC37.

October 27, 2011
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Maloney backs bringing university for engineering to Roosevelt Island

Times Ledger wrote on the recent proposition to expand an applied sciences campus to Roosevelt Island. Senator Gianaris advocated for the project, while stating that Roosevelt Island provides the resources like easy transportation for students, while at the same time the project will bring forth a new side of the thriving Western Queens community.

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), other Queens elected officials and Long Island City business groups threw their support Monday behind Roosevelt Island becoming the new site for an applied sciences and engineering university in the city.

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October 27, 2011
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Maloney Presses For Roosevelt Island Science Campus

Senator Gianaris attended a press conference to promote the expansion of an applied science campus to Roosevelt Island with Congresswoman Maloney and David Brause. The Queens Gazette wrote on some of the reasons for the Senator's support, such as in addition to the promotion of higher education, the general further development of the Western Queens community.

October 27, 2011
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Erin Merryn's Law would mandate child sex abuse education

SYRACUSE, N.Y. --"My innocence was killed, my childhood was taken. My voice was silenced. And I lived in that silence," Erin Merryn said.

Merryn says starting when she was six, she was sexually abused by a neighbor, then at 11 by an older cousin.

October 26, 2011
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