Issues: Education

Senate Gives Final Legislative Passage to Juvenile Sexting and Cyberbullying Prevention Bill

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S.5253B) to divert youth to an education program addressing the sending of nude or obscene photographs through electronic technologies, also known as “sexting,” as well as conduct that constitutes “cyberbullying.”

The bill, entitled the “Cyber-Crime Youth Rescue Act,” sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City), requires the development of an educational program about the numerous perils of sexting and cyberbullying. The program provides an option other than a permanent criminal record for juveniles deemed eligible by a court.

June 22, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Attends Be Free Global’s Fun Fest At The Brooklyn Children’s Museum

On Saturday, June 18, 2011, NYS Senator Eric Adams attended Be Free Global's Fun Fest.  Be Free Global's mission is to link action and ideas for children by providing alternative funding opportunities for creative projects worldwide that improve the lives of children of diverse backgrounds that otherwise may not exist.

June 21, 2011
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Sign Up For Senator Nozzolio's Summer Reading Program

Today, June 21st, is the official First Day of Summer. Encourage your children to continue reading throughout the summer months with my Summer Reading Program. Go to www.nyread.com to visit the State Senate's Summer Reading website where you and your children can sign up and begin their online reading journals. Participating children will receive a Summer Reading Certifiate.

June 21, 2011
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Senator Squadron Announces 2011 SAGE Awards for Graduating Students

 

Service and Government Engagement Awards Recognize Young New Yorkers' Public Service, Community Engagement

NEW YORK --  Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced the third annual Service and Government Engagement (SAGE) Awards, honoring graduating Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn students who have demonstrated public service and a deep commitment to their communities beyond the classroom.

June 21, 2011
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College Preparedness Figures Shows Why NYS Senator Eric Adams Voted Against Mayoral Control Of Schools

Watch NYS Senator Eric Adams speak on the Better Schools Act on the Senate floor in July 2009.  A recent article in The New York Times highlights NY State's high school graduation rates vs. college-ready preparedness rates.   Read the article here.

June 20, 2011
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SENATE PASSES SCHOOL BUS MANDATE RELIEF ACT

The New York State Senate today passed the “School Bus Mandate Relief Act” (S.4434A) to provide schools with budget savings by allowing boards of education to reduce the number of seats provided for student transportation if the seats aren’t being used by students. The measure, sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) is expected to save school districts millions of dollars.

June 17, 2011
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Senate Passes School Bus Mandate Relief Act

The New York State Senate today passed the “School Bus Mandate Relief Act” (S.4434A) to provide schools with budget savings by allowing boards of education to reduce the number of seats provided for student transportation if the seats aren’t being used by students. The measure, sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) is expected to save school districts millions of dollars.

June 17, 2011
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Senator Martins' School Bus Mandate Relief Act Passes Senate

In an effort to provide schools with mandate relief, Senator Jack M. Martins introduced a bill in the Senate that would allow boards of education to reduce the number of seats provided for student transportation if the seats aren’t being used by students. The measure was passed by the Senate on Friday and is expected to save school districts millions of dollars.

June 17, 2011
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Senator Grisanti sponsors bill related to disability history and awareness education

A bill sponsored by New York State Senator Mark Grisanti related to disability history and awareness education was recently approved by the New York State Senate.

The bill will help teachers prepare students to better understand, accept and respect people with disabilities by making available to all children in grades K through 12 educational materials related to disability history and awareness.

June 17, 2011
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LaValle: LIPA/PSC Bill Passes Assembly; Long Island Power Authority Must Get Public Service Commission Approval Before Hiking Rates.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said his legislation that would make rates fair, just and transparent by requiring the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to seek approval by the Public Service Commission (PSC) if LIPA seeks a rate increase by more than two and a half percent per year has been passed by the Assembly and is headed to the Governor’s desk for his signature.  If enacted, the PSC would be required to review and approve LIPA's rate increase requests before they are passed on to Long Island ratepayers. The bill was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Robert Sweeney.

LaValle introduced similar legislation in 2008 that passed both houses of the legislature but was vetoed by then Governor David Paterson.

June 16, 2011
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Senator Martins' Message to the Graduates: Reason for Optimism

Wishing the Graduates Success and Hope

Like so many of you at this time of year, I recently had the pleasure of watching one of my own children graduate from middle school.  The auditorium was awash with the pure, unadulterated excitement of students, parents and even their teachers.  As I sat quietly wondering where the years had gone, I got to thinking about this phenomenon.  Exactly what were the ingredients of this energy?  Was it pride in accomplishment? Was it a sense of relief?  Or was it simply the prospect of summer vacation?  While I think all of these things played a role, the conversations throughout the room made it clear.  The reason was hope.

June 16, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students & Mentors at the LaFayette Big Picture School Mentor Appreciation Breakfast

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students & Mentors at the LaFayette Big Picture School Mentor Appreciation Breakfast

June 15, 2011
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Keep Learning This Summer - Participate in Senator Martins' Summer Reading Program

Senator Jack M. Martins is encouraging all students in kindergarden through eighth grade to participate in the New York State Senate's Summer Reading Program. The program asks students to continue reading during the summer months.

"With school out for the summer, our students should continue to read to further their education. Students should make reading part of their safe and fun summer," he said.

To participate, just go to the website, www.nyread.com and register. You can keep track of the books you read this summer as well as write summaries about them.

Enjoy the gift of reading this summer!

June 15, 2011
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Senate Passes Concussion Management Awareness Act

The New York State Senate today passed the Concussion Management Awareness Act, sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, C, I, - Garden City), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, that would direct the State Health and Education Departments to adopt rules and regulations for the treatment and monitoring of students with mild traumatic brain injuries. “The number of children each year who suffer brain injuries, such as concussions, is alarming,” Senator Hannon said. “New York needs legislation to outline rules and regulations for the treatment and monitoring of students with mild traumatic brain injuries, and that’s exactly what my legislation provides.”

June 13, 2011
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Senator Martins Supports Elmont Memorial High School Clothing Drive

Senator Jack Martins visited with students of the Elmont Memorial High School Class of 2012 this past weekend where he dropped by to support their clothing and linen drive fundraiser! Students and community members brought in bags of clothing and linens in support of the drive. In total, students collected over 333 bags of clothing. "This drive was a great success thanks to the students at Elmont Memorial and the greater community. Candice Chatterpaul and all the students of the Class of 2012 should be proud of their collective efforts. I want to personally thank them for inviting me to drop by the clothing drive to support the fundraiser. I'm really honored to be a part of the drive and to spend some time with the class- THANK YOU!"

June 13, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits the Polk Street School

Senator Jack M. Martins was in Franklin Square continuing his listening tour of schools, communities and volunteer organizations throughout the 7th Senate district. Polk Street School was the scene for Senator Martins’ latest session where he was joined by Superintendent of Schools Patrick Manley and Polk Street School Principal Gilbert Torossian. The visit, according to Senator Martins, was “a lot of fun where he made a lot of new friends at Polk Street.”

June 13, 2011
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