Issues: Education

Senator Martins on the Importance of Teaching 9/11 in Our Schools

I want to thank you for the feedback I received on last week’s column in which I shared some thoughts about the tenth anniversary of September 11th. Many of you were as astonished as I was to learn that the events of day are not part of our state’s education curriculum, consequently leaving our young people asking questions that no one answers. We tell them to “Never forget,” but don’t bother explaining what it is we’re asking them to remember.

Understandably, part of your reaction was “Are we doing something about it?”

September 20, 2011
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Senator Martins Appears on Fox News to Speak About Bill Requiring Schools to Teach 9/11

Senator Jack M. Martins appeared on Fox News for a story about teaching 9/11 in schools. Senator Martins is sponsoring a bill that requires schools in New York State to teach lessons about 9/11. The bill would make 9/11 part of the state curriculum for education.

September 16, 2011
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Fox News: Teachers Struggle With Lessons on 9/11 For Students Too Young to Remember

From Fox News

By Kathleen Foster

Mrs. Judd? How come they flew into the towers?"

Joan Judd spent her summer vacation preparing for questions like that from her fourth-grade class in Milford, N.Y.

"A few of them were born in 2001. Most of them were born in 2002. They were not around for 9/11," said Judd, "When I prepared my lesson, I realized that I was talking about the Twin Towers and fourth-graders might not even know what the Twin Towers are."

Judd teaches at an elementary school in upstate New York, which, like most of the country, has no set standard on how to teach the terror attacks of 9/11.

September 16, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Pays Visit To Commack School's 9/11 Memorial

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently had the honor of visiting Commack High School to view the “Flags for Freedom” display which commemorates those who were perished in the September 11th attacks on America.  The display is comprised of nine hundred and eleven 3’x5’ American flags that were installed along the roadway leading to the school as a show of support for those who serve and protect our freedom in honor of the 10th Anniversary of that fateful day.

September 14, 2011
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Senator Montgomery Announces Start of "Smart Scholars" Early College High School Program in Brooklyn

NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery joined today at Long Island University with Brooklyn high school principals and college presidents, students, state education officials and union leaders to announce the start of four new Smart Scholars Early College High School (ECHS) programs in Brooklyn, New York.

September 14, 2011
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"Learning Garden" Teaches Queens Kids About Rainwater Collection

NY1 did a feature story on the opening of a new outdoor classroom for P.S.84 in Astoria. Senator Gianaris, who attended theschool when he was young, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Watch the video here.

September 13, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE NAMES MANDATE RELIEF WORKING GROUP

 Panel To Identify Costly Regulations On Local Governments, Schools

State Senator Patty Ritchie has created a Mandate Relief Working Group to identify state regulations that are ineffective, overly burdensome and costly to local taxpayers.

September 13, 2011
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Library Advocates Grade Legislators on Voting Records

Library Advocates Grade Legislators on Voting Records

by New York Library Association

ALBANY, NY (10/21/2010)(readMedia)-- 2010 Voters Guide for Library Advocates Released

The New Yorkers for Better Libraries PAC has released its 2010 Voters Guide: The Library Advocate's Guide to the Voting Records of the New York State Legislature.

"The 2010 Voters Guide is the first effort by the New Yorkers for Better Libraries to grade legislators on their actual voting records on library funding and legislative issues," stated John Hammond, Chairman of the New Yorkers for Better Libraries.

"I have not met a legislator who does not support libraries and recognizes the important role they play in our democracy, in providing access to unbiased and uncensored information, for their role in promoting literacy and reading at all age levels, and for helping the unemployed in our communities search for jobs, start new careers and improve their skills sets", continued Mr. Hammond.

"Yet there is often a disconnect between the rhetoric and their voting records, often due to no fault of their own as the legislative system in which they operate limits their ability to act on their support for libraries", said Mr. Hammond.

"The state Senate and especially Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, Chair of the Senate Education Committee demonstrated this year, despite all the distractions, that they were able to match their words with actual deeds and passed four of the library community's legislative priorities, one of which was signed into law and the other vetoed by the Governor."

"For this reason, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer receives the 2010 Ex Libris Award for her outstanding leadership and determination in moving forward many of our legislative priorities," continued Mr. Hammond.

September 13, 2011
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Holy Cross Re-Opens With Flag Raising Ceremony

On Friday, September 9th, Senator Robach had the privilege to visit with students, their families, and staff at his old grammar school, Holy Cross. The school, which re-opened to students this year held a kick-off event to being the new school year. As a part of the ceremony, the school invited local official, and police, fire, and EMS personnel for a flag raising to remember all those who lost their lives 10 years ago in the terrorist attacks of 2001.

September 9, 2011
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Bedbugs found in Astoria school

Queens Chronicle wrote about Senator Gianaris'  Bed Bug Notification Bill, passed last year, a measure to prevent incidents such as the one that occurred at P.S. 70.

Bedbugs have infested PS 70, an elementary school in Astoria, according to reports published last week, which said the school has the worst bedbug problem in the city.

The Department of Education discovered the infestation last December, including evidence the bugs were breeding, but never told anyone at the school about it.

For the first time, the DOE has admitted the problem came from within the school itself. In the past, the department has claimed bedbugs were brought into schools by students.

Residents and area politicians are incensed with the agency’s oversight.

September 8, 2011
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How An Idea Becomes a Law

Educational video for students about NY's legislative process. Contact Sen. Ritchie's office for a free DVD copy for your school.

September 8, 2011
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Astoria leaders fuming over bedbug find

Queens Times Ledger wrote about Senator Gianaris' demand that DOE investigation the bed bug incident at P.S. 70.

Elected officials from Astoria were furious after the news broke that PS 70 on 42nd Street had the worst bedbug problems in the city and did not inform administrators or students.

“This type of negligence puts students and teachers at risk, and prevents families from taking necessary steps to protect their children,” state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) said in a statement.

September 8, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN CUTS RIBBON AND OPENS FORT HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE LAB

Brooklyn - Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today joined Fort Hamilton High School Principal Jo Ann Chester today for a ribbon cutting for the school's new science lab. They were joined by Assistant Principal of Organization Barbara Vellucci and Assistant Principal of Science, John Christakos.

 

Senator Golden allocated a grant of $250,000 towards to renovate the labs which were opened today just in time for the start of the 2011-2012 school year.

September 7, 2011
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Bedbugs Ignored In Local School

Queens Gazette wrote about the bed bug infestation in P.S. 70.Children must be able to learn in an environment that is not hindered by bedbug infestations.

Parents and elected officials are furious at Astoria’s P.S. 70 for failing to notify them of a bedbug infestation that has been ignored since last winter.

An inspection was performed at the school in December, in which several bedbugs were found in one of the school’s closets with signs of breeding. No notification was given to the parents, students or teachers. Even Principal Donna Gellar was left in the dark; she was unaware an investigation took place to begin with.

September 7, 2011
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RITCHIE LEGISLATION: A PRESIDENT FOR EVERY SUNY COLLEGE

Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Protect Canton, Other Ag Schools from ‘Shared Leader’ Plan

September 7, 2011
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Champions Martial Arts Students Qualify for World Tournament in Spain

Students from Champions Martial Arts qualified to compete on the US Team during the World Kickboxing/Karate Championship this November in Spain.

September 1, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco's Interview on Capitol Pressroom at NYS Fair

Click here to listen to audio content from WCNY - Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter.

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August 31, 2011
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