Issues: Education

Governor Cuomo's 2012 Executive Budget and Reform Plan Outlines Vision to Continue Building a New New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled his 2012-13 Executive Budget and Reform Plan, which expands on the historic reforms enacted last year to continue building a New New York. As a result of the tough decisions and bipartisan cooperation of the past year, the State is able to close the current deficit without broad cuts, new taxes, fees or gimmicks. In addition, the Governor’s Executive Budget proposes major reforms to reduce the cost of government for taxpayers, implements accountability in our schools to put students first, and puts the State in a position to leverage billions of dollars in private sector investment to grow the economy and create jobs.

January 17, 2012
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS ON LEGACY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

"Today, we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and are reminded of the power of perseverance and the importance of helping others. As a representative of one of the most diverse communities in the world, I am humbled by the ability of different peoples to live side-by-side and create a respectful, loving environment in which our children can grow up understanding the inherent nature of dignity for all. None of this would be possible without the sacrifices made by Martin Luther King, Jr. We are forever indebted to him."

January 16, 2012
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Elected Officials Seek Construction Funding For P.S. 2, P.S. 11

The Queens Gazette wrote an article drawing attention to a School Construction Authority (SCA) budget ammendment proposal, which reduces construction funding for schools in desperate need of assistance. Senator Michael Gianaris, along with parents and other elected officials, urges the SCA to include these schools back in the capital plan in order to ensure that the needs of the children are satisfied. 

While supporting needs throughout District 30, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and state Senator Michael Gianaris spoke in support of two especially beleaguered schools: P.S. 2, Jackson Heights and P.S. 11, Long Island City.

January 13, 2012
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Damaged gym at PS 234 Astoria means students watch movies, do jumping jacks in classrooms

The New York Daily News article investigates a school gym repair delay that has deprived students at Public School 234 of physical exercise. Senator Gianaris speaks out against the delay, stating that physical exercise is an educational requirement. 

While a Queens elementary school waits for the city to fix its gym, the phys ed program consists of jumping jacks in the classroom and movies in the auditorium.

A city Education Department official said work on the the gym at Public School 234 in Astoria is expected to begin over the winter break and should be completed within the next three months. The facility was damaged by April storms.

January 13, 2012
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Public Hearing: Policies and Procedures Pertaining to the Security of the SAT and Standardized Tests

Senate Standing Committee on Higher EducationChair: Senator Kenneth P. LaVallePublic Hearing: A follow-up to the October public hearing that examined policies and procedures pertaining to the security of the SAT and standardized tests in response to the ongoing criminal investigation that has uncovered a wide-ranging cheating scandalPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.Contact: Nicole Stewart (518) 455-3121Media Contact: Drew Biondo (631) 473-1461ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

January 24, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Elementary & Secondary Education"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Elementary and Secondary Education

January 23, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Distinguished Professionals provide insight and advice at the August Martin High School 3rd Speaker’s Bureau Session

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: January 13, 2012  Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

Distinguished Professionals provide insight and advice at the August Martin High School 3rd Speaker’s Bureau Session

January 13, 2012
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Seward Touts Keys For Success For 2012

ONEONTA, 01/12/12 – In media conferences across his district kicking off the 2012 session of the New York State Senate, State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) opened up his legislative playbook and detailed his “Keys for Success.”   Seward’s game plan focuses on economic development, mandate relief, reform of the education aid formula, and continued flood recovery assistance.

January 12, 2012
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RITCHIE: OFFER YOUR OPINION ON DIPLOMAS FOR DISABLED

Tell Regents How To Keep Kids in School

State Senator Patty Ritchie is urging parents, educators and special education advocates to weigh in as the New York State Regents consider options to provide safety net diplomas for students with disabilities.

January 12, 2012
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO TO HOST EDUCATION FORUM WITH SENATE EDUCATION CHAIRMAN

Continuing his efforts to ensure fair and equitable treatment for school districts in our region, State Senator Mike Nozzolio has announced that he will be hosting a forum on education on Friday, February 3rd  from 10-12 noon at the Ramada Lakefront Hotel in Geneva.  Senator Nozzolio will be joined by Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Education.

January 12, 2012
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Meeting with Students at Rochester's School of the Arts

On Thursday, January 12th, I had the privilege to speak with graduating seniors at Rochester's School of the Arts. We dicussed our economy and the challenges facing it today, how the New York State Senate passes legislation, and how students can be involved in their community and the government proccess so that their voices are heard. You can see more photos from today's event on my Facebook page here.

January 12, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Intel-Semifinalists

Senator Jack M. Martins extends his congratulations to the Intel-Semfinalists. Long Island had 61 semi-finalists, 16 of which are from the Seventh Senate District. 

The semi-finalists from Seventh Senate District are: Anjali Agarwalla and Sarah Chapin from Herricks High School, Emily Bai, Jeong Yun Yang, and Patrick Yang from Great Neck South High School, Hannah Blumberg, Rachel Cohen, Arjan Saraon from Paul D. Schreiber High School, Kristine Chen, Claire Leibowicz and Susan Wu from Great Neck North High School, Caroline Hsiao from Manhasset High School, Daniel Pollack, Evan Schneider, Daniel Sikavi and Alexander Wu from Roslyn High School.

January 12, 2012
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Senator Young Urging Governor to Help Rural Schools

ALBANY – State Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean) is helping spearhead an effort with other Senators who represent upstate districts, asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to give rural schools extra consideration in the upcoming state budget.

The Governor will release his 2012-13 Executive Budget proposal on January 17.

Senator Young joined 14 of her colleagues in signing the formal letter, requesting a significant boost to rural school aid.

January 11, 2012
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Senators Renew Efforts To Protect School Taxpayers

Continuing their effort to protect property taxpayers, Senators Kenneth P. LaValle (1st Senate District), John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Lee Zeldin (3rd Senate District) and Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District) are pushing forward to get restoration of building aid to four Suffolk County school districts.  Today, they took the first step in that process by gaining Senate Education Committee approval of legislation that would restore funding that was vetoed last year by Governor Andrew Cuomo for Central Islip, Smithtown, Rocky Point and Babylon.

January 11, 2012
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January 12, 2012--SMART SCHOLARS INFORMATION EVENT!

SMART SCHOLARS INFORMATION SESSIONforMiddle-School Parents and Parent Coordinators

Thursday, January 12, 2012
5-7 PM
YWCA Community Room30 Third Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217(between Atlantic Avenue and State Street)

 

Invited Presenters

Bard High School Early College
Boys and Girls High School
City Polytechnic High School for Engineering, Architecture,  and Technology
SUNY Maritime College
Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech)

 

For more information please contact Ms. Joan Eastmond at 718-643-6140

 

January 12, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Daily Gazette: Senate pushes restoration of education funds

By David Lombardo - Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The state Senate is fast-tracking at least eight education funding bills that were vetoed in September by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The bills all involve school districts that have been stripped of state aid because of minor errors. The bills include the restoration of $3.8 million to the Schenectady City School District.

In this morning's state Senate Committee on Education meeting, Chairman John Flanagan, R-Long Island, said, "We're going to push the issue." The eight bills have been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.

January 10, 2012
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Senator Martins Holds Town Hall Meeting at the Polk Street School

Discusses How a Bill Becomes a Law

A packed gymnasium at the Polk Street School was the scene this past Friday, where State Senator Jack Martins held a “Town Hall Style” meeting with the entire 5th grade on how a bill becomes a law. The session had students asking Senator Martins about his work as a State Senator that represents Franklin Square as well as sharing their ideas on the Franklin Square community. The meeting, according to Senator Martins, was “a great way to hear what’s on young people’s minds and listen to their hopes and dreams for the future.”

January 9, 2012
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Senator Gianaris co-hosts a CUNY Citizenship Now! event

Senator Gianaris speaking at the CUNY Citizenship Now! event he co-hosted with Assemblymember Nolan and Councilmember Van Bramer.

January 9, 2012
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Seward Calls On Governor To Modify Education Aid Formula

ONEONTA, 01/06/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today called for a reconfiguration of New York’s public education aid formula to better meet the needs of low-wealth, rural school districts.

January 6, 2012
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Senator Carlucci Crowns Strawtown Student for Artwork Contest

WEST NYACK – Continuing his efforts to highlight cultural diversity in Rockland County, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) on Friday visited Strawtown Elementary School to present second grade student and grand prize winner Isabella Masionette an award for her artwork design in his Hispanic Heritage Month Poster Contest. 

January 6, 2012
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