Issues: Education

Senator Hamilton colloquy with Senator Flanagan on education policy

Senator Hamilton underscored the importance of focusing on educational leadership and avoiding scapegoating teachers saying, "There has to be some accountability somewhere and it starts from the top." 

Senator Hamilton remarked, "We're putting emphasis on teachers, but we're not putting emphasis on the person or the entity that's in charge of the state educational department." Senator Hamilton continued, "How much time do we give the state Education Department to turn around the system?"

April 6, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Discusses Budget On Capitol Pressroom

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) discusses the state budget with Susan Arbetter - April 3, 2015

April 6, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 6, 2015 ~ "Education debate at center of new state budget"

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

This week, "Education debate at center of new state budget"

April 6, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Recaps Education Portion of State Budget

Senator Ortt outlines the education portion of the 2015-16 New York State Budget. The budget increases education aid, reduces over-testing and protects our children by kicking convicted, violent offenders out of the classroom. 

April 2, 2015
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2015-16 State Budget Supports Important Programs

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says the $142-billion 2015-16 state budget provides critical funding to important state programs while controlling the size and cost of government.  The state’s fifth consecutive on-time budget keeps spending within a two-percent cap, increases aid to education, rejects tax increases and provides property tax relief for homeowners.  The spending plan also includes funding for regional assets such as Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the NFTA and Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

April 1, 2015
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RITCHIE: BUDGET INCLUDES $5 MILLION INCREASE IN AID FOR LIBRARIES

Libraries Statewide to Receive $91.6 Million in Funding 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the new state spending plan includes $91.6 million—which is a $5 million increase in aid over the Governor’s proposal— to help support libraries in their efforts to provide books, technology, educational resources, entertainment and more to people across the state. 

In addition, the new State Budget also includes $14 million in library construction aid, which will allow libraries across the state to make upgrades to their facilities. 

“The libraries that dot our region provide countless people with opportunities to expand their horizons and learn new things,” said Senator Ritchie.

April 1, 2015
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Ortt: State Budget Delivers for Western New York

Senator Points to Education, Economy and Veterans’ Services

 Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced passage of the 2015-16 New York State Budget, which includes several of Ortt’s Western New York priorities. Ortt pointed to key measures to strengthen education, economic development, and veterans’ services.

April 1, 2015
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Remarks on the Education Budget Bill

(Albany - March 31st) Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins addressed her colleagues in regards to the Education Budget Bill. She prefaced her remarks by mentioning that she is a product of public school education, her children went to public school, her grandchildren went to public school and she had the opportunity to teach in public school. As one of the leading advocates for children and education in New York State, the Senator criticized the bill for the expeditious implementation of the common core and the lasting effects it could have on students and their teachers. She reflected on all the different areas of her district and the way they banded together over the rush to place the common core in schools.

April 1, 2015
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FRESHMAN SENATOR DELIVERS

FRESHMAN SENATOR DELIVERS

Senator Serino’s Statement on the New State Budget 2015-16

 

ALBANY, NY— Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) proudly announced today that the new State Budget for 2015-16 includes major wins for residents of the 41st Senate District. The new budget’s emphasis on cutting spending and creating real, tangible jobs will provide a much needed boost to local economies and countless new opportunities for residents.

March 31, 2015
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SERINO STRIKES A BALANCE ON EDUCATION REFORM

SERINO STRIKES A BALANCE ON EDUCATION REFORM

Statement Regarding the Passage of the Education Reform Budget Bill

 

ALBANY, NY – Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) released the following statement regarding the passage of the Education Reform Budget Bill:

March 31, 2015
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SENATOR ROBERT ORTT ON EDUCATION PORTION OF 2015-2016 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

Please see the following statement from Senator Ortt regarding the education portion of the state budget passed this evening.

March 31, 2015
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RITCHIE: BUDGET DELIVERS FUNDING FOR LOCAL COLLEGES

Nearly $13 Million Allocated for Upgrades at Central and Northern New York Colleges 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the new State Budget will include nearly $13 million to help local colleges improve the learning experience for students by making upgrades to their campuses. 

Included in the spending plan is $6.65 million for SUNY Oswego, $1.95 million for SUNY Canton and $4.35 million for Jefferson Community College.  $850,000 in funding allocated for Jefferson Community College will go towards renovating college’s Melvil Dewey Library Building.

March 31, 2015
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Senator Young Secures Over $582 Million in Education Aid

Record amounts for schools in the 57th Senate District

 

ALBANY – Record amounts of school funding will boost quality education in the 57th Senate District, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean).

 

“Overall, my schools will receive a record investment of $582,788,622 in education aid, which is an increase of more than $32 million, or 5.9 percent, over last year. Children in my district will receive the high-quality, first class educational opportunities that they need to succeed,” Senator Young said.

 

Senator Young said that the restoration of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) coupled with more Foundation Aid drove more funds into her school districts.

 

March 31, 2015
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Senator Young Declares Victory Over the Gap Elimination Adjustment

Schools have 94.6 percent GEA restoration

 

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) declared victory over the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), with it almost completely eradicated from her school districts.

 

“The destructive fiscal gimmick that is the GEA is almost gone from my schools, with 94.6 percent eliminated. We have restored more than $11.5 million in GEA cuts that were implemented by Democrats when they controlled the Senate in 2010,” said Senator Young.

 

“Senate Republicans have led the charge to get rid of the GEA that has robbed our schools of funding, and our children of learning opportunities,” she said.

 

March 31, 2015
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NEW STATE BUDGET BOOSTS SCHOOL AID $1.4 BILLION

$25 Million Hike for Local Schools; Budget Shave 3/4ths from GEA

March 31, 2015
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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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