Issues: Education

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Don't Fix What's Not Broken

One size definitely does not fit all or at least it rarely does. It’s a lesson big government needs to remind itself. Case in point would be the State Board of Education’s recent efforts to redesign how our teachers are evaluated.

August 23, 2011
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2011 Black College Expo

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SENATOR SHIRLEY L. HUNTLEY WELCOMESTHE BLACK COLLEGE EXPO RETURN TO NEW YORK"Students have the opportunity to get ACCEPTED on the SPOT"

Diamond Bar, Calif., August 23, 2011 - New York State Senator Shirley L. Huntley Welcomes the Black College Expo (BCE) to New York to help students and their families with the college admission process.

October 22, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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SUNY 2020 Legislation Signed Into Law

Senator Mark Grisanti, Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator George Maziarz, Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Senator Cathy Young and Senator Tim Kennedy--have joined together to release the following statement in support of the signing of the NYSUNY 2020 legislation (S.5855-A/A.8519) into law:

We began the year by working together, across party lines, for the future of public higher education in Western New York, particularly at our university center—the University at Buffalo. Eight months later, after a remarkably productive legislative session, we are still working together for that same goal.

August 22, 2011
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Senator Grisanti Promoting Academic Economic Development

This video follows Senator Mark Grisanti's efforts to make the UB 2020 plan become a reality:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3N6LisEC5G0

August 22, 2011
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Senator Grisanti speaking at Buffalo State College

A strong supporter of New York State's SUNY system, Senator Grisanti enjoys his visits to Buffalo State College on Elmwood Avenue in the City of Buffalo.

August 19, 2011
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Back to School Drive a Success!

Earlier this week, Senator Robach was joined by Town of Greece Councilman Andrew Conlon, and Jerry and Geri Spino to bring all of the donated school supplies and backpacks to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet. Thank you to everyone who made this drive such a success. We collected dozens of backpacks and hundreds of notebooks, folders, pens, and pencils. This drive couldn't have been a success without your support. Best wishes to all the kids on a great 2011-2012 school year!

August 18, 2011
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August 19, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Back To School Giveaway

Please RSVP @ (718) 523-3069

August 26, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Statement on State Education Awards For Buffalo Public Schools

“This nearly $10 million in funds for the Buffalo Public Schools represents a positive step towards rehabilitating the affected schools. However, this funding is just a minor step in transforming these schools. It is only through collaborative work between all stakeholders that true and needed changes can be made to reform the school district. We continue to pledge to meet and work with each of these stake holders to reform the Buffalo Public Schools so that our children can receive a quality education.”

-Senator Mark Grisanti, 60th District

August 15, 2011
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Gianaris Bed Bug Legislation Signed Into Law

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' bed bug legislation that was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.State

August 15, 2011
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Senator Serrano Encourages City to Implement Arts Education Blueprint

(New York, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today applauded the Panel for Education Policy's Arts Education Advisory Committee for developing a blueprint consisting of goals and recommendations to enhance arts education in New York City schools, and encouraged the City to carry out its implementation. 
 

In 2009 Senator Serrano sponsored legislation (S6106), which passed the Senate, to create an advisory committee to advise the Chancellor on arts education and to work to improve compliance with State arts education requirements. Despite the fact that the legislation did not pass the Assembly, in March, 2010, under the leadership of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the City's Arts Education Advisory Committee was created. 
 

August 11, 2011
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Statement on State Education Awards For Buffalo Public Schools

"This nearly $10 million in funds for the Buffalo Public Schools represents a positive step towards rehabilitating the affected schools. However, this funding is just a minor step in transforming these schools. It is only through collaborative work between all stakeholders that true and needed changes can be made to reform the school district. We continue to pledge to meet and work with each of these stake holders to reform the Buffalo Public Schools so that our children can receive a quality education."

-Senator Mark Grisanti, 60th District

August 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Participates in Lil' Explorers Storytime at the Westbury Library

Senator Jack M. Martins was at the Westbury Library Wednesday evening as he participated in Lil’ Explorers Storytime with the community’s pre-kindergarten to second grade children. Storytime was held outdoors since it was such a beautiful summer evening.

Senator Martins read “Duck on a Bike,” by David Shannon. In the story, the duck shows the other animals that it can ride a bike.

After storytime, Senator Martins stayed with the children as they made their crafts. “It was a wonderful evening to be in Westbury and spending time with the children,” he said. “It’s so important they continue to enjoy stories. It encourages interaction, socialization and there are some great lessons to be learned in children’s books. I want to thank the Westbury Library for having me.”

August 11, 2011
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Gov. Cuomo Signs NYSUNY 2020

All six state senators from Western New York--Senator Mark Grisanti, Senator George Maziarz, Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator Timothy Kennedy, Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, and Senator Cathy Young--have joined together to release the following statement in support of the signing of the NYSUNY 2020 legislation (S.5855-A/A.8519) into law: We began the year by working together, across party lines, for the future of public higher education in Western New York, particularly at our university center—the University at Buffalo.  Eight months later, after are markably productive legislative session, we are still working together for that same goal.

August 9, 2011
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SUNY2020 Maintains Affordability of SUNY System, Authorizes Millions in Capital Funding That Will Create Jobs and Grow Economy, Re-Establishes SUNY & CUNY as Economic Engines

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I – Port Jefferson), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Higher Education Committee  lauded New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo for his leadership in recognizing that SUNY is an intricate part of New York State’s economic development strategy as landmark SUNY2020 legislation was signed into law today.

Senator LaValle said that New York State Senator and Majority Leader Dean Skelos made SUNY and the state’s students a top priority and he should be commended for partnering with the Governor and “ensuring we had a positive result.” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver also played a pivotal role, LaValle said, in shaping the important new law.

August 9, 2011
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Senator Martins Thanks Summer Interns

Senator Jack M. Martins thanked the interns that worked in his District Office in Garden City Park this summer. The interns will be going back to school soon to continue their academic careers and now have the experience of working in a Senate Office.

The interns included Reid Christian Rosello of Garden City, a student at Hobart College; Aine O’Rourke of Mineola, a student at Boston College; Charlie Mack of Manhasset, a student at Manhasset High School; Danielle Lefland of Roslyn, a student at Roslyn High School; Stacy Chacko of New Hyde Park, a student at New Hyde Park Memorial High School; and Anthony Gallo of Mineola, a student at Chaminade High School.

August 9, 2011
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Horizons Summer Graduation and Closing Ceremonies

On Thursday, August 4th, Senator Robach had the privilege to attend 8th grade graduation and closing ceremonies for the Horizons at Harley Student Enrichment Program. This program has been serving students in grades K through 8th since 1995. For more information on this great program, visit www.horizonsatharley.com.

August 8, 2011
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Governor Signs Senator Gianaris Bed Bug Legislation

QUEENS, NY--Senator Michael Gianaris’ Bed Bug Notification Bill for New York City Public Schools was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Senator Gianaris wrote and first introduced the legislation in 2007, when he was a member of the Assembly. The legislation requires that the Parent Teacher Association and all parents of potentially affected New York City school children receive notification from school health officials upon detection of bed bugs in their child's school. The notification includes informational brochures that enable parents to take preventative steps and make more informed decisions regarding the health and safety of their children and families.

August 5, 2011
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Senator Martins Participates in Summer Reading Program at the Manhasset Library

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Manhasset Library and participated in the children’s summer reading club in the children’s room at the library.

Senator Martins first took part in “hot potato” with the children and then sat down to read a story with them. The story the Senator read was called, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” and was about a bus driver who has to leave so he asks the reader to watch the Pigeon. The pigeon tries many excuses as he tries to talk the readers into letting him drive the bus.

Senator Martins then discussed the book with the children. He told them that the moral is that you have to listen to your mommy and daddy like you listened to the bus driver in not letting the pigeon drive the bus.

August 3, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE STATEMENT ON SUNY CANTON

The announcement today concerning SUNY Canton President Joe Kennedy’s future with the college puts an end to the recent confusion, rumors and speculation over the central administration’s plans for a well-respected leader and member of our community. I am glad that President Kennedy will remain with the campus through the next academic year, which begins in just a few short weeks

August 2, 2011
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