Issues: Education

Senator Montgomery Praises Student Achievers in the Bard Early College High School Program

Senator Montgomery introduces the Bard High School Early College program and praises its director, Martha Olson (left, rear) and program graduates for their outstanding achievements.

September 23, 2011
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Early College High School Advocates Team Up

At a September 14, 2011 news briefing, education advocates (from l-r) Assemblywoman Annette Robinson; Gale Stevens Haynes, Provost of Brooklyn Campus, Long Island University; and Dr. Kathleen M. Cashin, Member of the New York State Board of Regents, join Senator Montgomery to announce the start of the "Smart Scholars" Early College High School Program in four Brooklyn high schools.

September 23, 2011
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Boys & Girls High School Principal Talks About New Education Program

Bernard Gassaway, Principal, Boys & Girls High School, takes the stage at Senator Montgomery's September 14 news conference to announce the Smart Scholars Early College High School Program starting at his school in cooperation with Long Island University.

 

September 23, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION PROTECTING STUDENTS FROM TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES SIGNED INTO LAW

New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio today announced that Governor Cuomo has signed into law legislation (S.3953) he co-sponsored and fought to enact that establishes guidelines for coaches, teachers and other school personnel to protect our students from concussions and traumatic brain injuries.

September 22, 2011
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LaGuardia College names academic hall for Maltese

Yournabe.com wrote on LaGuardia Community College's dedication to an academic hall last Thursday to former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, for whom Senator Gianaris offered kind words.

Educators at LaGuardia Community College dedicated an academic hall last Thursday to former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, a man who worked with lawmakers across the aisle and who has a lot in common with the students at the college.

“Serph Maltese is old-school,” said Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), who spoke at the dedication. “He goes back to a time when things were bipartisan and cooperative.”

Read the full article here.

September 22, 2011
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3rd Graders at Quest Elementary School Show Off New Dictionaries

On Wednesday, September 21st, Senator Robach joined members of the Greece and Hilton Rotary Clubs to present new dictionaries to third grade students at Quest Elementary School in Hilton. The dictionary project promotes comprehension and literacy and instills at a young age the fun and importance of reading. Dictionaries are presented to 3rd grade students in the Hilton and Greece school districts.

September 21, 2011
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3rd Graders at Longridge Elementary School Receive Dictionaries

On Tuesday, September 20th, Senator Robach had the privilege to visit with 3rd grade students at Longridge Elementary School in Greece to distribute new dictionaries for the 3rd graders to use this year. Senator Robach was also joined by the new superintendent of the Greece Central School District, Barbara Deane-Williams. The dictionary distribution project continues through next week at schools in both the Greece and Hilton School Districts.

September 21, 2011
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LaValle and Glick to Focus on Proprietary Schools Early in Next Legislative Session

Chair of the New York State Senate’s Higher Education Committee, New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle  and Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick, Chair of the State Assembly’s Higher Education Committee said today that the oversight and enforcement of regulations on proprietary colleges operating in New York State will be a priority for the coming legislative session.  LaValle and Glick have pending legislation  -- S4268A -- to amend the education law in relation to private proprietary schools.

 Proprietary colleges are for-profit colleges and universities. They are operated by their owners or investors, rather than a not-for-profit institution, religious organization, or government.

September 21, 2011
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Holy Cross Re-Opening Mass Celebration

On Friday, September 16th, Senator Robach had the privilege to join Bishop Matthew Clark of the Diocese of Rochester for the re-opening mass at Holy Cross in Charlotte. The school closed in 2008, but re-opened this September, welcoming back students in grades K through 6. I wish all the best to the students and staff of Holy Cross for a successful school year. Holy Cross is where Senator Robach attended grammar school.

September 20, 2011
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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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