Issues: Education

Bill Impacting Early Childhood Education Passes Senate

Dear Advocates for Children & Families:

A bill I am sponsoring, S.5650-C, passed the Senate on May 2, 2012. This legislation would direct the Commissioner of the New York State Education Department to issue a report on early childhood education in daycare settings.

Extensive research has proven that children with access to high-quality early education have a major advantage over those who do not. Currently, early childhood education in New York State is provided in a number of settings, from day care centers to nursery schools to private homes to public schools. The guidelines and regulations governing these activities vary by setting and are overseen by either the Office of Children and Family Services or the New York State Education Department.

May 3, 2012
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Lawmakers, Advocates want CPR Training in Schools

Measure Would Give Students the Basic Skills

May 3, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - May 1

Senator Ranzenhofer discusses funding restorations made to EPIC programs in the 2012 State budget, legislation to prohibit cyber-bullying and other issues from the State Capitol.

May 2, 2012
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PIZZA AND PRAISE FOR SACKETS HARBOR STATE CHAMPS

Team recognized by Senate and Assembly

Members of the Sackets Harbor Boys Basketball team were honored today in Albany for their capture of the Class D state title.

May 2, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Speaks on Resolution Honoring the Achievements of Girl Scouts

In a formal presentation on the Senate Floor, Senator Montgomery gave accolades to her constituent, Lesego Pearl Nkosi, upon receiving the Girl Scout Gold Award. This award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn.

May 1, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Recognized by Central Islip School District for Restoration of Vital Building Aid

Central Islip, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) was recognized by the Central Islip School District this past Saturday, April 28, 2012, for his efforts in securing $36.6 million in vital building aid in the 2012-13 State Budget, previously promised to the district.

Due to paperwork delays of a previous school district administration, the State Education Department had insisted Central Islip pay back almost $14 million in aid already received and spent, while also refusing to release approximately $28 million that Central Islip had expected going forward. Working closely with Superintendent Craig Carr, Assemblyman Phil Ramos (D- Central Islip), and Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Zeldin was able to secure an agreement to prevent this from happening.

May 1, 2012
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UB 2020 Legislation

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti speaks about the UB2020 Legislation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNnbLNlnWPI

May 1, 2012
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SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON GROVER CLEVELAND REMAINING OPEN AND CLOSURES OF JOHN ADAMS & RICHMOND HILL

Queens, NY, April 30, 2012 -- I truly believe that every individual associated with Grover Cleveland High School earned the right to have it remain open and be removed from the list of schools going through the “turnaround” process. All along I have stated that the Restart program that has been working there should be allowed to progress as promised, and that the school and its students should be the recipients of future educational resources.

April 30, 2012
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RITCHIE MEETS SUNY CANTON’S FUTURE NURSES

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently met with members of SUNY Canton's Student Nurses Association. Shown are: William Hedrick of Canton, Amber Rusello of Massena, Amanda Dvorak of Gouverneur, Senator Patty Ritchie, Alex Ensby of Colton, and Chelsea Barcomb of Altona and Mary Ann Caswell of Heuvelton.  

April 27, 2012
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NEWSDAY -DOE: Lowest proposed school tax hikes in 15 years

"Taxpayers wanted relief. We gave them relief by passing the cap," said state Senator John Flanagan (R-East Northport), chairman of the Senate Education Committee. "Schools needed relief. We gave them relief by raising state aid. The overwhelming majority of districts are living within the cap, and I think that demonstrates their concern for taxpayers."

Excerpt from Newsday article by John Hildebrand - April 26,2012

Efforts to curb local property taxes are having a dramatic effect on Long Island with state figures released Thursday showing the lowest proposed school district tax hikes in more than 15 years.

April 27, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Reads With St. James Students

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited the St. James Elementary School to join Mr. Michael Klee’s 5th Grade Class in reading “Sybil Ludington’s Midnight Ride” by Marsha Amstel to the students.

The story, about the bravery of the 16-year old girl who in 1777 rode through the countryside upstate spreading the word of a British attack on Danbury, provided the students with a lesson regarding the great things that young people can do for their community and their country.  After reading the book, Senator Flanagan talked with the children about how the story related to them and to their potential.

April 26, 2012
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Senator Oppenheimer Holds Second Annual Geography Bee for Middle School Students

Lars Schonander of Iona Grammar Wins Oppenheimer's Second Annual Geography Bee

On April 16, 2012, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) hosted her second annual Geography Bee for local middle school students at Iona Grammar School in New Rochelle. Eighth grade students from four area middle schools – Blind Brook Middle School in Rye Brook, Iona Grammar School in New Rochelle, and both the Rye County Day School and Rye Middle School in Rye – participated in this year’s competition. 

Lars Schonander of Iona Grammar emerged victorious in the geography bee, surviving stiff competition from fellow Iona classmates Thibault Forgeas and Stefan Lindblom, Rye Brook’s Sam Zarkower, Rye Country Day’s Daniel Kozek and Rye Middle School eighth grader, Mihir Bala.  Everyone present was impressed by the depth of knowledge that each student demonstrated.

April 26, 2012
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SENATE CELEBRATES WEST POINT DAY AT THE CAPITOL

Legislation Would Help Veterans Get Jobs

The New York State Senate today welcomed cadets and staff from the United States Military Academy at West Point as part of an annual day of recognition. In honor of the celebration, the Senate passed several bills focusing on helping veterans obtain jobs and protect their rights.

April 26, 2012
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Bushwick Community High School to Remain Open

Brooklyn, NY—After weeks of input from the Bushwick community and Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick), the Panel for Educational Policy has indicated it will vote tonight in favor of keeping Bushwick Community High School (BCHS) open.Last year, the school was slated for closure after a New York City Department of Education assessment indicated the school was failing. However, Senator Dilan and many in the community took issue with the assessment and chided education officials for applying a performance rating that did not take into account BCHS’ status as a transfer school.

April 26, 2012
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