Issues: Education

Senate Summer Reading Program

Senator Serrano is sponsoring a Summer Reading Program for children in grades 4 through 6! As the school year comes to an end, it is important to keep our children's minds active and learning throughout the summer. Parents must register at www.nyread.com to be supplied with the reading materials, including a reading list, list of public libraries in your area, and a reading journal. Upon successful completion, each student will receive a certificate from Senator Serrano and a bookmark!

June 25, 2012
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Senate Passes Legislation Authorizing City of Rochester School District To Require Kindergarten Attendance

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S7519), sponsored by Senator Robach, which authorizes the City of Rochester School District to require minors age five to attend kindergarten.

“Rochester City School District currently provides children a full day kindergarten program in keeping with the numerous studies documenting the educational benefit and related long-term success of early quality education,” said Senator Joe Robach. “Unfortunately, too many kindergarten children are absent from school during the year, leaving them without the benefit of this educational experience.”

June 22, 2012
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Senator Young Presents New York State Senate Youth Leadership Awards to Students

Senator Catharine Young presented New York State Youth Leadership Awards to students throughout her district. Students who received recognition include:·    Khadijah Bagais, Pine Valley High School·    Samantha VanEtten, Wellsville High School·    Cody Rater, Ripley Central School·    Sierra Tessmer, Ripley Central School·    Shawn Epps, Fredonia High School·    Thomas Z. Wissman, Cassadaga Valley Central School·    Richelle L. Dalaba, Cassadaga Valley Central School

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June 21, 2012
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2012 Session - Solutions & Accountability

ALBANY, 06/21/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the close of the 2012 legislative session:

“Albany is results driven once again and for that reason there were plenty of notable accomplishments during the 2012 legislative session.  We focused on solutions and accountability.

 “For a second consecutive year we passed an on-time state budget that kept spending in check, rejected new taxes and fees, funds the reconstruction of our upstate roads and bridges and funnels additional education aid to our neediest rural schools. 

June 21, 2012
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Teacher Evaluation Legislation

Today, the State Senate will take up and pass the Governor’s teacher evaluation disclosure bill.  After reviewing this legislation, our Republican conference believes that it represents a fair compromise between a parent’s right to know and some level of confidentiality for teachers as we implement this new evaluation system.                         

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES TWO FIXES FOR SULLIVAN WEST

Outgoing School Superintendent Ken Hilton Credited With pushing Legislative Changes 

June 20, 2012
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June 20, 2012
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Schools Ravaged By Irene & Lee Receive Special Waiver

ALBANY, 06/19/12 – Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell) announced today that school districts, unable to open on time last fall due to damages incurred during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, will not be penalized for lost days under legislation passed by both houses.

“Buildings at many school districts across upstate New York were under water to start the school year following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee,” said Senator Seward.  “For some, repairing, sanitizing and prepping the buildings for student use took an extended period of time.  Such extraordinary circumstances should not cost schools and their taxpayers any loss of state aid.”

June 19, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Cyberbullying

The New York Senate passed legislation, supported by Senator Jack M. Martins, giving students wide-range of protections from bullying and cyberbullying. The legislation (S.7740) clarifies and expands the Dignity for All Students Act, an anti-bullying law enacted in 2010, which created guidelines for local school districts to develop policies and procedures to address the problem.

“Under this legislation, school districts can act on cyberbullying, thereby creating a suitable learning environment for all students and faculty,” Senator Martins said  

June 19, 2012
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June 19, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL REQUIRING A PERMIT FOR PERSONNEL WHO OPERATE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SUPPORTING HEART AND LUNGS

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced the passage of bill (S4640C) in the Senate June 18, 2012, that would require a New York state permit for medical personnel who operate equipment that supports a patient’s heart and lungs during certain medical procedures.

“Currently, perfusionists, who are the operators of the equipment, are not required to be licensed or certified in New York state. This bill would require that perfusionists obtain a permit and establish that they are regulated by the New York State Board of Regents and Education Department,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

June 19, 2012
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO STOP BULLYING AND CYBERBULLING ADOPTED IN STATE SENATE

Continuing his efforts to ensure the safety of  students in New York’s schools,  State Senator Mike Nozzolio today announced that the Senate has adopted legislation he is co-sponsoring legislation to strictly prohibit school bullying in all forms. The legislation (S.7740) comprehensively defines bullying to ensure that all students are protected and addresses both conventional bullying and online cyber-bullying.

June 18, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Cyberbullying

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), that would provide further protections and procedures for students who are bullied or cyberbullied. The legislation clarifies and expands the Dignity for All Students Act, an anti-cyberbullying law enacted in 2010 and creates guidelines for local school districts to develop policies and procedures to address the problem. “This legislation provides school districts with the tools they need to address bullying and cyberbullying to help ensure that the school environment is safe for all students,” Senator Saland said  

June 18, 2012
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PROPOSED NEW LAW HELPS SCHOOLS CRACK DOWN ON CYBERBULLYING

Would Require School Officials to Respond to Complaints; Receive Training on How to Identify and Stop Bullying

June 18, 2012
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Alesi's CPR Training Legislation Passes in NY Senate

Albany, N.Y. —

The New York State Senate has passed a bill, introduced by Sen. Jim Alesi (R-Perinton) that aims to incorporate basic CPR instruction into public high school curriculum.

June 18, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE RECOGNIZES OSWEGO COUNTY SCHOLAR ATHLETE

Oswego High’s Drake Becksted Honored with a Formal ResolutionSenator Patty Ritchie recently honored Oswego High scholar-athlete Drake Becksted with a formal resolution in the Senate Chamber in Albany. During his four years in high school, Drake earned the rank of scholar-athlete, and also served as team co-captain and five year Most Valuable Player on the Varsity Swimming and Diving Team.

June 16, 2012
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On President's Executive Order To Help 'Undocumented Americans'

"For many undocumented immigrants, America is the only country they know.  In their hearts and minds they are American.  Sadly, Republicans either can't, or choose not to understand this.  By blocking the Dream Act, they denied millions of undocumented Americans the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.

"The president's executive order will at least afford undocumented Americans the chance to come out from the shadows and enter the economic mainstream.  

"Thank you Mr. President."

June 15, 2012
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