Issues: Education

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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Senator Martins Thanks Elmont Resident For His Work For VetDogs

Senator Jack M. Martins honored Elmont resident and Sewanhaka High School student J.P. Iacaona on the floor of the New York State Senate in recognition his work to assist veterans in the greater Elmont, Franklin Square, Floral Park and North Valley Stream communities. JP has raised over $5,700 to provide service dogs to disabled veterans and wounded warriors. America's VetDogs provide guide dogs, service dogs, and new technologies for disabled veterans. VetDogs serves men and women who have lost their eyesight or limbs, suffered traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder, giving them companions to help them lead a more active life.

August 31, 2011
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Griffo Gives State "F" On Timing of ELA Exam

Griffo Gives State ‘F’ On Timing of ELA Exam

August 30, 2011
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Press Conference: Senator Montgomery to Announce Launch of EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL INITIATIVE In Brooklyn

An announcement of the Early College High School Initiative will be made on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts (located on Flatbush Avenue Between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street).  

September 14, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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SENATOR RITCHIE CALLS ON ALBANY TO REVERSE CHANGES TO TEST SCHEDULES

11th Hour Changes Wreak Havoc on School, Family Calendars

Senator Patty Ritchie is calling on the state’s Education Commissioner and Board of Regents to reverse an 11th hour change to school testing dates that’s wreaking havoc on school and family calendars.

In a letter to state Education Commissioner John King and Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Senator Ritchie admits she was flabbergasted that the state would change the test schedules so close to the start of the school year, when districts had already set—and in many cases, mailed—their school year calendars to parents and teachers.

The new schedule places a key test smack in the middle of spring breaks scheduled by a majority of Central and Northern New York schools.

August 30, 2011
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO OPEN REGISTRATION CENTERS ACROSS THE CITY THIS WEEK FOR NEW STUDENTS

Annual Late Summer Registration Effort for New or Re-entering Students Runs

August 31 - September 16

 

The New York City Department of Education today announced that it will open 12 Student Registration Centers on Wednesday, August 31, to enroll new students for the opening of school. Procedures vary across the following categories of students:

 

All new high school students or those re-entering the system after an absence—both general education and special education— should register at a Student Registration Center in their borough of residence.

August 30, 2011
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NYC Department of Education to Open Registration Centers Across the City This Week for New Students

The New York City Department of Education today announced that it will open 12 Student Registration Centers on Wednesday, August 31, to enroll new students for the opening of school. Procedures vary across the following categories of students: All new high school students or those re-entering the system after an absence—both general education and special education— should register at a Student Registration Center in their borough of residence. New or re-entering general education elementary and middle school students without a zoned school should also register at a Student Registration Center in their borough of residence.

August 30, 2011
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8/26/2011: Back To School Giveaway

NEW YORK STATE SENATOR SHIRLEY L. HUNTLEYIn Conjuction withLA BELLA VITA

PRESENTS

BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAYANDPIZZA PARTY

Date: Friday, August 26, 2011

Time: 12 Noon - 4:00 PM

Location: La Bella Vita Ristorante and Catering   106-09 Rockaway Boulevard    Ozone Park, New York 11417

August 26, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With School Superintendents to Discuss New Teacher Evaluations

State Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with school superintendents from school districts in the Seventh Senate District at the Wheatley School in Old Westbury to discuss the new teacher evaluations and the impact to the schools.

The new evaluations are tied to student performance on standardized tests and local tests. New York was fortunately awarded $700 million from the federal government’s “Race to the Top” program, which seeks to improve student scores by holding teachers more accountable. The new evaluations were designed by the State Board of Regents as part of the state’s application for the federal funds.

August 24, 2011
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Nola's New 'Sky Deck' Opens

Recently, Senator Robach had the opportunity to speak at, and take part in, a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Nola's BBQ in Charlotte. Nola's expanded to include a new 'sky deck' to serve customers. Following the ceremony, two local students were each presented with a $500 scholarship for their college education.

August 23, 2011
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