Issues: Education

RITCHIE: 'WE ARE ALL FIGHTING FOR RURAL SCHOOLS'

RITCHIE JOINS STUDENTS AND TEACHERS TO FIGHT FOR RURAL SCHOOLS

February 29, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Cast of Elmont's 'Beauty and the Beast'

State Senator Jack Martins met with the cast and crew of Elmont Memorial High School's Musical "Beauty and the Beast.". The musical will be shown on March 2nd and 3rd at Elmont Memorial at 7:30pm. Senator Martins watched a preview of the musical at the annual Black History Month Celebration where the performance received thunderous applauds. "The preparation, hard work and focus the students have put into this production is truly incredible," said Senator Martins adding, "I'm very proud of the entire cast, crew and orchestra." Pictured with Senator Martins are the cast of Beauty and the Beast and Sewanhaka Central High School District Music Coordinator Eileen Kramer.

February 29, 2012
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AT 4:30 AM, RITCHIE ANSWERS THE CALL FOR RURAL SCHOOLS

Joins in Send-off  for Hundreds of Students and Teachers to Albany Aid Rally

February 29, 2012
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Navigating the New York City Educational System

 

PA/PTA Executive Board Members, Parents and Community Residentslocated in the 10th Senatorial District are welcome to attend

Date: Friday, March 9, 2012

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: August Martin High School   156-10 Baisley Boulevard   Jamaica, New York 11434

 

March 9, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Senator Flanagan Participates In Longwood Legislative Breakfast

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) joins educators at the Eighth Annual Longwood Regional Legislative Breakfast sponsored by the Longwood Central School District and Eastern Suffolk BOCES -- February 11, 2012

February 24, 2012
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Woodside awaits 440-seat school slated to open in ‘15

The Times Ledger wrote about the construction of a new public school in Woodside, which is scheduled to open in 2015.

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced Friday the city Department of Education and city School Construction Authority had agreed to purchase four lots to build a 440-seat school in Woodside.

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“The construction of additional classroom space is welcome news that will help the children of Woodside obtain a more productive learning environment,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said in a statement.

Read the full article here.

February 24, 2012
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Students Encouraged To Participate In Earth Day Competition

The Queens Gazette posted Senator Gianaris' announcement of the 2012 Earth Day Competition, which he encourages all students in his Western Queens district to participate in.

In celebration of Earth Day, state Senator Michael Gianaris is inviting elementary school students in his Western Queens district to participate in the Earth Day Competition 2012. This poster contest gives children the opportunity to illustrate the importance of improving the environment.

 

The theme for this year’s Earth Day contest is “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”.

 

February 22, 2012
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New school to go up in Woodside, to open in 2015

Sunnyside Post wrote about the announcement for construction of a new public school in Woodside. The construction of the school intends to address issues of school overcrowding, which Senator Gianaris says is a chronic problem.

The city is building a 400 seat elementary school in Woodside, officials from the School Construction Authority and the Department of Education announced today.

The school, which will be located on 39th Ave (between 57th and 58th street), is schedule to open in the fall of 2015. Its construction comes at a time when PS11 in Woodside, located at 54-25 Skillman Ave., is at 120% capacity.

February 22, 2012
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2/18/2012: 41st Annual NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus

(Albany, New York) On Saturday February 18th, Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) had the opportunity to address and meet with youth who came to Albany to be part of the Annual Youth Summit at the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Caucus. Close to 50% of the youth traveled from Queens, and the event has become increasingly popular over the years. Senator Huntley has made it a priority to attend this Summit and speak with youth on a myriad of issues such as education, bullying, and youth employment. “We must empower our youth and provide them with resources and confidence to fulfill their goals and achieve their dreams,” said Senator Huntley.

February 18, 2012
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Public Hearing: To discuss the funding of public libraries in New York State

Senate Select Committee on LibrariesChair: Senator Hugh T. FarleyPublic Meeting: To discuss the funding of public libraries in New York StatePlace: Room 711-A, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.Contact: Robin Jest (518) 455-2181ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 5, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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SENATOR RITCHIE WORKING WITH LOCAL LEADERS TO BOOST PUBLIC SCHOOL AID

State Senator Patty Ritchie met with area school officials Thursday to discuss Governor Cuomo’s proposals for school aid in his new state budget, and how the state’s school funding formulas shortchange St. Lawrence County’s rural school districts.

February 16, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Announces Agreement On Evaluation Guidelines That Will Make New York State A National Leader On Teacher Accountability

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State Education Commissioner John King, and New York State United Teachers President Richard C. Iannuzzi today announced a groundbreaking agreement on a new statewide evaluation system that will make New York State a national leader in holding teachers accountable for student achievement.

February 16, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at announcement for the construction of a new public school in Woodside

Senator Gianaris speaking at a press conference announcing the School Construction Authority's purchase of space in Woodside to construct a new public school, which is welcome news for the neighborhood.

February 16, 2012
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Unatego School Forum Letters Delivered To Governor's Education Czar

ALBANY, 02/15/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today met with Governor Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary for Education David Wakelyn and delivered over 600 letters signed by parents, educators and other concerned citizens at a recent forum at Unatego High School.  Senator Seward also attended the forum which was designed to facilitate a discussion on proposed state budget cuts and the impact on Unatego and similar schools.

February 15, 2012
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UCCA Holds Annual Breakfast

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about the United Community Civic Association's annual breakfast, where executives and elected officials gathered to discuss various regional issues.

The United Community Civic Association (UCCA) held its third annual Legislative/Executive Breakfast on February 3. Civic and community leaders, community board representatives, major commercial, industrial and hospital chief executive officers and administrators were invited to speak on various topics from the city budget, hydrofracking, garbage pick up, education and quality of life issues.

 

February 14, 2012
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Eight Queens high schools could lose up to half of their staff under city plan

An editorial by the New York Daily News reports on the proposal by New York City's Deptartment of Education to overhaul struggling schools. Under the plan, schools face options that range from having to replace 50% of their staff to having to shut down completely.

The future of eight large Queens high schools — and the hundreds of educators who work there — are in jeopardy as the city plans to overhaul the struggling institutions.

 

The schools could lose up to half of their staff and receive a new principal and name this fall after the city and teachers union failed to reach an agreement on teacher evaluations.

 

The move could help the city get up to $60 million in federal funds.

 

February 13, 2012
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LIC HS Drops From Transformation To Turnaround Status

The Queens Gazette investigates the Department of Education's classification of Long Island City High School, along with many others, as a "Turnaround" school, which would require the school to close and rehire 50% of the staff before reopening. Senator Gianaris believes that negotions need to continue in order to avoid hurting students as the city tries to improve schools.

February 13, 2012
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Speaking with Students of R.I.T. Political Science Club

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to students at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The students were members of R.I.T.'s Political Science Club. We discussed issues facing our community and state, along with what students can do to be invovled in government.

February 13, 2012
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