Issues: Education

State Legislators Applaud Citizens' Involvement To Restore School Aid

OLEAN – Although session duties in Albany Thursday will prevent area state legislators from attending the Olean Teachers’ Association (OTA) public rally, they lauded teachers, community members, school boards reps and administrators for supporting their efforts to restore school aid.

 

“Regrettably, Assemblyman Joe Giglio and I will be unable to take part in the rally because of the previously set legislative calendar. We are scheduled to be voting on bills on the floor of the Senate and Assembly, and there is a joint budget hearing on public safety that will go on until very late,” said Senator Catharine Young, (R,C,I-Olean).

 

February 24, 2015
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Senator Hamilton Tours Lamplighters Yeshivah

Senator Hamilton touring the Lamplighter's Yeshivah

February 23, 2015
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DO YOU LOVE YOUR LIBRARY?

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

February 20, 2015
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Senator Hamilton and Community Advocates Rally for Sustained, Equitable Funding for Education

New York, NY - Senator Jesse Hamilton (D-Brooklyn) joined a coalition of education activists, unions, community advocates, and neighborhood residents on the steps of City Hall this morning for a rally and press conference in support of education funding.

February 19, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education  Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair  10:00 AM, Thursday, February 26, 2015  Room 124 CAP

February 26, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Senator Parker Calls for $2.2 Billion Increase in Education Funding

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE SENATOR KEVIN PARKER (D-Brooklyn)

Contact: Kassandra Mayhew | mayhew@nysenate.gov | 718-629-6401 | 718-629-6420 fax

February 19, 2015
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End the GEA

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

Back in 2010, when the Legislature was controlled by New York City Democrats, taxpayers all across the Empire State were repeatedly hurt by bad decisions.  New job-killing taxes were imposed.  State expenditures spiraled out of control. Among the worst was the creation of the Gap Elimination Adjustment or GEA.

 

The GEA resulted in billions of dollars being unfairly taken away from our local school districts, especially in rural and suburban areas of New York.  Since then, this multi-billion dollar budget cutting scheme has hurt local schools and property taxpayers.  

 

February 18, 2015
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Senator Klein Announces Launch of 5th Annual Earth Day Poster Contest

BRONX, NY– Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today announced the launch of the New York State Senate’s 5th Annual Earth Day Poster Contest to celebrate and honor Earth Day. Kindergarten through sixth grade students from across the Bronx and Westchester are encouraged to participate in this statewide competition.  

February 17, 2015
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Murphy launches petition to end Gap Elimination Adjustment

SHRUB OAK, NY - Earlier today New York State Senator Terrence P. Murphy launched his online petition to finally end the notorious Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). After meeting with school officials across the 40th Senate District the GEA's devastating impact on our public schools needs to finally be abolished, Murphy proposed."Eliminating the GEA is common sense policy decision that I fully support," Senator Murphy said. "We have a number of important issues facing the legislature this year but if we're serious about improving the quality of life here in New York I can think of no better investment than in our kid's education.

February 17, 2015
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Your Voice With Senator George Amedore

Watch the latest episode of Your Voice, where Senator Amedore discusses the Senate Majority's plan to eliminate the GEA in this year's budget, his committee assignments, and a new program to feature small businesses throughout the 46th Senate District: 

February 17, 2015
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KIDS, NOT CUTS!

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

It’s often said that opportunity is the key to success.  That’s why it’s so critically important that we provide young people across our state with every chance to pursue their dreams.  Doing that starts in the classroom.

February 13, 2015
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LOVE YOUR LIBRARY: VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL LIBRARY, LIBRARIAN

New Awards From Senator Ritchie Aim to Recognize Area Libraries, Librarians 

In advance of Valentine’s Day, State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting the public to "love their library,” by casting their votes for two new awards aimed at recognizing area librarians and libraries for the invaluable service they provide to communities across Central and Northern New York. 

CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW!

“In the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to visit dozens of libraries throughout Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties and at each, I’ve been so impressed with not only the resources and entertainment offerings, but also with the dedicated librarians who go above and beyond to meet the educational and cultural needs of our communities,” said Senator Ritchie.

“As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries and someone who enjoys visiting my local library, I know what an invaluable resource they provide. I’m thrilled to announce these new awards, which will help our libraries and librarians receive the recognition they deserve.”

February 13, 2015
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February 13, 2015
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Help Support our Kids: End the GEA Budget Cuts!

I am proud to be leading the fight to help completely eliminate the GEA school aid budget cuts once and for all.

This effort is designed to protect our local schools from harmful cuts in State education aid. Since its inception, the GEA has cost schools in the 55th Senate District $120 million. It needs to end this year!

This effort will not only ensure more resources for classroom instruction and quality programs, but will also help us to achieve our goal of ensuring an outstanding education for every child, in every school.

Support my efforts to eliminate the GEA budget cuts and help ensure a brighter future for our kids, please sign my petition below.

February 12, 2015
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O'Mara, colleagues say it's time to end Gap Elimination Adjustment for local school districts

Albany, N.Y., February 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and his colleagues in the Senate Republican Majority this week staked out one their key priorities for the new state budget: the complete elimination of the damaging and highly controversial Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) that has cost school districts locally and statewide billions of dollars in state aid over the past several years.

February 12, 2015
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