Issues: Education

Statement on 2015-16 Education Aid

ALBANY, 03/31/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the education aid portion of the 2015-16 state budget: 

“This year, more than any other in recent memory, the education aid discussion drifted toward other issues.  My focus remained steadfast – to deliver state dollars to our local schools to make sure every student will have access to a quality education.”

March 31, 2015
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SERINO MAKES GOOD ON PROMISE TO INVEST IN STUDENT SUCCESS

SERINO MAKES GOOD ON PROMISE TO INVEST IN STUDENT SUCCESS

ALBANY, NY – Senator Sue Serino (R,C,I—Hyde Park) announced today the new State Budget for 2015-16 will include an increase of $1.4 billion in State Education Aid, making good on her promise to ensure that the final budget make a real investment in local students.

“Since taking office, I have toured local schools and met with countless teachers, parents, officials, and students to hear first-hand about their needs,” said Senator Serino. “If there’s one thing that we can all agree on, it’s that investing in the success of our students should be our top priority and this budget does that.”

March 31, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Talks About Education Aid, Ethics Reform, and Minimum Wage on Your Voice

March 30, 2015 - On this Your Voice cable program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses ethics reform, school funding, teacher evaluations, education tax credits, and minimum wage in New York state.

 

March 30, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE STATEMENT: MORE THAN HALF OF GEA ELIMINATED IN THIS YEAR’S STATE BUDGET

 

I am pleased that the agreed upon New York State budget will eliminate more than 50 percent of the GEA (Gap Elimination Adjustment) that has devastated school districts since it was enacted in 2010.

March 30, 2015
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Senator Larkin Leads the Fight for Increased Education Aid in new Budget

Albany – Continuing his strong commitment to our local schools, New York State Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-On-Hudson) today was pleased to announce that the new State Budget for 2015-16 includes an increase of $1.4 billion in State Education Aid.

“A strong education starts by making smart investments in our local schools so that all children have the opportunity to excel in the classroom,” said Larkin.  “This major funding increase will ensure significant new investments in our schools, reduce pressure on property taxpayers and help chart a course toward a stronger and brighter future for our children.”

March 30, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Senator George Amedore today announced that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is accepting applications for four $2,500 scholarships that will be awarded at their annual conference weekend in June.

 

The scholarships will be awarded to four current or future college students from New York State. Eligibility will be based on the student’s GPA, interest in pursuing a higher education, involvement in the local community, and individual financial need. Both academic and athletic scholarships are available.

 

March 30, 2015
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Senator Peralta: Disappointed and Infuriated DREAM Act was taken out of the budget. “New York State and DREAMers lost out today”

State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), the lead sponsor of the Senate Dream Act bill in the Senate, said he was extremely disappointed and infuriated because the DREAM Act was taken out of the State’s budget. “It’s déjà vu all over again,” he said.

But Senator Peralta noted that who really lost today with this unfair and unjust action were New York State and the DREAMers. “New York State and the DREAMers have really lost out today, again. New York State because we had an opportunity to really live up to our distinction of being a state of innovators and progressive thinkers, and the DREAMers because they had hoped to attend and graduate college and pave the way for the next generation.”

Senator Peralta added, “I, as well as many others, were extremely disappointed, infuriated and devastated by this move.”

Senator Peralta blamed the Republicans for the exclusion of the DREAM Act from the budget. “Another year of false fear mongering propaganda led by the Senate majority, perpetuating an intolerant and xenophobic ideology that the sky will fall if we allow these undocumented kids to receive money from the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Republicans are just promoting lies,” Senator Peralta said.

The DREAM Act will cost up to $27 millions in an almost $142 billion budget. “To understand how illogical Republicans are on this issue, the Dream Act will pay for itself in a few years. And to translate into what it would cost to help undocumented college students for taxpayers, it amounts to 87 cents a year. You cannot even buy a cup of coffee with 87 cents,” Senator Peralta said.

Senator Peralta called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to use his political clout, just like he did with Marriage Equality, the Safe Act and even ethics reform. “I call upon the Governor to keep his promise and use his political capital to ensure that the DREAM Act is passed before the end of this session,” Senator Peralta said. “I will do anything in my power to help Governor Cuomo make the DREAM Act a reality and right a wrong for our DREAMers.”       

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March 30, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS SPEAKS TO STUDENTS AT SEWANHAKA CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT’S MODEL UN CONFERENCE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently served as a guest speaker to students at the Sewanhaka Central High School District’s 22nd annual Model UN Conference. The conference was held at New Hyde Park Memorial High School. 

March 30, 2015
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STATE BUDGET INCLUDES RECORD FUNDING FOR AGRICULTURE

Restores Spending Cuts and New Funding  to Help Boost Products “Grown in NY”

March 30, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN ANNOUNCES $18,000 IN PROJECT BOOST FUNDS FOR P.S. 175 CITY ISLAND

New Funding Boosts Local School’s Enrichment Opportunities for Students K-8

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by more than 200 local parents and school administrators, today announced $18,000 in Project BOOST (Building Options and Opportunities for Students) funding for P.S. 175 City Island in the Bronx. The announcement came at P.S. 175’s annual spring card party on Thursday, March 26th.

March 30, 2015
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RELEASE: Senator Marc Panepinto Sends Urgent Letter to Governor Cuomo and the State Education Department

Sending a “Cease and Desist” Letter to the President of the Board, Wrong Message to Send the People of the Kenmore-Tonawanda School District

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Marc Panepinto released the following statement on the urgent letter he has sent to Governor Cuomo and the State Education Department:

“As a newly elected official representing the 60th Senate District, protecting and improving the quality of public education has been one of my top priorities. Over my first few months in office, I have seen parents, teachers, and other key stakeholders grow in their anxiety over the future of our children’s educational success. One thing is clear – they are being ignored, and have not been heard. The increased rhetoric towards the Kenmore-Tonawanda School District on the eve of adopting the state budget deserves to be called out for what it is; reckless threats and intimidation. As I have written in my letter, we need to find common ground and end the threatening tone that has taken the place of constructive dialogue. I stand with my community and ask that the State Education Department and Governor’s office work with us to make this possible.”  

* Please read Senator Panepinto's letter to the Governor and the State Education Department below. 

March 28, 2015
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Release: Avella Announces Collegiate Scholarships

(QUEENS, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella announced that applications are now being accepted by the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators for four available 2015 scholarships.

March 27, 2015
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Regents role in evaluating teachers is focus as school aid is ‘delinked’ in Albany - Buffalo News by Tom Precious

Senate Education Committee Chairman John J. Flanagan, R-East Northport, said turning to the Board of Regents is a possibility. “They do set educational policy,” he said, adding that discussions are continuing about not only who should devise changes to the evaluations, but how teachers are rated based on considerations such as how many disabled and English language learners they teach and the level of poverty in a school.

March 27, 2015
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Senator Serino's Week in Review

Senator Sue Serino provides a regular update to residents of the 41st District.  This week’s review features an important announcement regarding workforce development, a spotlight on raising awareness for senior hunger and touches on education initiatives. 

March 26, 2015
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Senator Kevin Parker Interviews Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute

Senator's Parker's Legislative Report with Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute.

March 26, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins On Education Funding

“Funding for New York State schools should not be held hostage due to the ongoing debate over how best to reform our education system. Our state’s students need help and we have a responsibility to ensure their schools are provided necessary funding immediately. Any delays or excuses to avoid adequate funding will simply hurt our students and that is unacceptable.”

March 26, 2015
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Newsday - Flanagan: Can't wait until June for school aid totals

March 25, 2015 by Yancey Roy / yancey.roy@newsday.com

Though lawmakers might punt the controversial teacher evaluation process until  June, a key state senator said Wednesday they likely will settle the school aid issue now.

March 25, 2015
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