Issues: Education

Senator Marchione congratulates her Teacher of Excellence Award winner

New York State Senator Kathy Marchione is pictured (center) during her recent "Teacher of Excellence" award ceremony held at Columbia High School in East Greenbush. During tonight's (June 5, 2014) ceremony, Senator Marchione congratulated 25 terrific teachers and thanked them for their service. Photo credit: Bruce McDonough

June 5, 2014
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Senator Kathy Marchione honors 25 excellent teachers

Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C-Halfmoon) is pictured (right) standing with East Greenbush School Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle. Superintendent Nagle joined Senator Marchione for the Senator's "Teacher of Excellence Awards" held Thursday night (June 5, 2014) at Columbia High School. 25 local teachers were honored during the awards ceremony. Photo credit: Bruce McDonough

June 5, 2014
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PS 26 gets major funds for work

PS 26 in Fresh Meadows will be a lot cooler soon thanks to a $200,000 state allocation.

Members of the PTA and school staff gathered at the school last week for notification of the funding, allocated by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Principal Dina Koski said the school has been seeking money for repairs and electrical upgrades for up to 15 years.

June 5, 2014
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Griffo Announces Summer Reading Program

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo is partnering with his local libraries to entice more children to read this summer. The New York Senate’s 2014 Summer Reading Program, in conjunction with the New York State Library, offers families several entertaining ways to encourage reading.

“Reading is the cornerstone of learning,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “I want children to be excited about picking up a book this summer, so our libraries have designed a lot of fun activities to keep kids motivated.”

June 5, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Announces His 2014 Teachers of Excellence Awards Ceremony

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco will hold his first-ever Teachers Of Excellence awards ceremony this Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Jordan-Elbridge High School, starting at 4:00 pm. More than 20 educators throughout Onondaga and Cayuga Counties will be honored. They were nominated by students, faculty, staff, and family members.

“Teachers are the tools that enable our students to succeed in life,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “I am proud to recognize those dedicated educators within my district, who go above and beyond to educate, mentor and inspire their students.”

The ceremony will be held in the Jordan-Elbridge High School Auditorium, located at 5721 Hamilton Road in Jordan.

June 2, 2014
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RITCHIE HONORS 65 EDUCATORS WITH GOLDEN APPLE AWARD

Teachers Receive Special Funding for Classroom Enrichment

In recognition of their efforts to encourage students to succeed, 65 educators from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties were awarded State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence at a special ceremony held Friday evening at Pulaski’s historic Kallet Theater.

CLICK HERE TO SEE A VIDEO OF THE EVENT

In addition to receiving the Golden Apple Award, each teacher was also awarded $500 in special funding for classroom enrichment.  The funding—which represents a more than $30,000 addition to the increase in state education funding local schools received this year—will be used by teachers for making improvements to their classrooms. 

June 1, 2014
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State budget has school resource officer funding

http://www.wgrz.com/story/news/2014/05/29/state-budget-has-school-resource-officer-funding/9752467/

This year's New York State budget has a new initiative that could help keep children safer in school.

May 30, 2014
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Griffo Launches "Empire State Executives" Tour

ROME – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo is teaming up with six former U.S. presidents to bring New York history into local elementary classrooms Friday.

The traveling road show, “Empire State Executives: New York’s Presidents,” will teach students about New Yorkers in politics who made it to the highest office in the country. Griffo, R-Rome, will also explain his job in the New York Senate, and the similarities and differences between today and the past.

May 29, 2014
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RITCHIE TO HONOR 65 EDUCATORS WITH GOLDEN APPLE AWARD

RITCHIE TO HONOR 65 EDUCATORS WITH GOLDEN APPLE AWARD

Honorees to be Recognized at Friday Event in Pulaski

 

In recognition for their dedication to brightening the futures of students in the Central and Northern New York regions, State Senator Patty Ritchie will award 65 local educators with her Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence.

 

Educators receiving the award include those who dedicate their lives to working with students with special needs and individuals who ignite a passion for learning in those they teach to those who have made headlines for safeguarding students and educators who have overcome major challenges to pursue their careers.

 

“It doesn’t matter who you are, we can all remember a teacher who has made a lasting, significant impact on our life,” said Senator Ritchie.

 

“That’s what this event is all about—recognizing educators for going above and beyond to make a difference in those who they teach.  I’m pleased to recognize these 65 educators for dedicating themselves not only to their careers, but more importantly, to the students they influence each and every day.”

May 29, 2014
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FELDER SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO HELP PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has taken the lead as the prime Senate sponsor of a bill which streamlines the process of special education placements and requires a more expeditious placement and tuition reimbursement process for private schools. The bill will be introduced this week in the Senate and is being sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-Brooklyn).

May 29, 2014
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Committee Meeting: New York City Education Subcommittee Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on New York City Education Subcommittee  Senator Simcha Felder, Chair  9:30 AM, Thursday, May 29, 2014  Room 945 LOB

May 29, 9:30 AM - 9:41 AM
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education  Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair  10:00 AM, Thursday, May 29, 2014  Room 124 CAP

May 29, 10:00 AM - 10:10 AM
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Canastota plans 2.97 percent hike in school tax levy

By Michael Yeoman, Dispatch Correspondent

POSTED: 05/14/14, 3:16 PM EDT

CANASTOTA >> The Canastota Central School Distinct held its public hearing Tuesday night on the proposed 2014-15 school budget that will be decided by district voters May 20.

Although there were approximately 100 people in attendance, there was little public comment and no opposition to the budget expressed.

Canastota resident Brenda Conover said she attended the hearing to better educate herself on the entire budget process. “I feel that the district has done a very good job in looking out not only for the taxpayers, but most importantly, the children,” she said.

May 22, 2014
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The Recorder: Senator honors local coaches and champion wrestler Brandon Lapi

State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, honored and presented Senate resolutions to three local wrestling coaches who have dedicated a combined 105 years to the sport, and who have coached state, national and olympic champions.

She also presented a resolution to Amsterdam High School's Brandon Lapi, who won more than 260 matches and five Section II titles in his high school career.

"And, in the final match of his high school career," Tkaczyk said, "Brandon won the Division I, 138-pound title match to become state wrestling champ." She noted that Brandon was also selected the Division I Most Outstanding Wrestler.

"Brandon is a true champion and a winner who will no doubt continue to have great success in his life," she said.

May 22, 2014
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Students Shadow Senator Valesky

Two students shadowed Senator Valesky on May 20: Ganli Demyttenaere (left) of Cazenovia Central High School and Joshua Schecter of Milford Central School in Cooperstown. The students toured the Capitol and observed both the Senate and Assembly in session.

May 22, 2014
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Nueva York tiene estancada su agenda migratoria

Según ha informado El Diario:

Nueva York – Cuando parecía olvidada, la propuesta de ley para que inmigrantes indocumentados soliciten licencias de conducir sumó el respaldo de la organización Transportation Alternatives, que promueve el uso del transporte público, y The Worker's Justice Center of NY, entidad pro trabajadores agrícolas del norte del estado.

El apoyo de esta última es clave por el área donde opera ya que puede sumar el respaldo de residentes y legisladores de Albany, Kingston y Rochester.

El senador José Peralta (D-Queens) argumenta que su propuesta de licencia para indocumentados aborda dos asuntos críticos, "oportunidad económica y seguridad en las calles, y por eso el apoyo a esta legislación seguirá creciendo".

Sin embargo, hasta ahora ese no ha sido el caso. Las dos principales legislaciones migratorias presentadas, el Dream Act y las licencias para indocumentados, se han estancado en la legislatura a pesar que Nueva York es un estado demócrata y progresista.

Ambas propuestas han sido introducidas más de una vez pero según expertos, ni los políticos ni los activistas han sabido articular su importancia económica.

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May 21, 2014
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SENATE APPROVES SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION TO ENSURE SCHOOLS CONTINUE TO SAVE ON THEIR TRANSPORTATION COSTS

Legislation Would Make School Bus Mandate Relief Act Permanent

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to ensure school districts continue receiving mandate relief on their transportation costs. The legislation (S3141) would make the savings provided by the school bus mandate relief act permanent.

May 20, 2014
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FELDER’S WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESS OF TRANSPORTATION LAW

As his after 4 P.M. school bus program enters its second year, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) took time last week at a workshop for non-public schools to reflect on the continued success of the transportation law he sponsored, and to discuss how the State’s education budget impacts the non-public school community.

Some 70 schools from across the five boroughs attended the meeting, which was held at Ateres Chaya Hall in Borough Park on Thursday, May 15. The group also heard remarks from Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-Brooklyn), who co-sponsored the legislation in the Assembly, and from Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn).

May 20, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER ON BROWN V BOARD OF EDUCATION 60TH ANNIVERSARY

(Brooklyn, NY) - "Sixty years ago today, the Supreme Court of the United States announced its unanimous ruling in Brown v the Board of Education. As we all know, the Court's decision made it crystal clear that not only were the racially segregated school systems of the day unequal and illegal, but that segregated schools could never be equal and therefore violated the U.S. Constitution.

May 19, 2014
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