Issues: Education

Senator Jeff Klein Hosts Education Town Hall Meeting with State Education Officials to Address Concerns Regarding the Common Core

BRONX, NY – Senator Jeff Klein (D- Bronx/Westchester) hosted a town hall meeting at P.S. 24 this afternoon to establish a constructive dialogue between local school districts and state education officials on the most important issues surrounding new Common Core standards.  Roughly 75 local educators participated in the event, which was moderated by Senator Klein and Chancellor Merryl Tisch.

February 24, 2014
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Autumn Lane Elementary School gets iPads

As part of an ongoing initiative, students at Autumn Lane Elementary School in the Town of Greece will now have access to 30 iPads in the school's library. This new technology will help them prepare for testing and to meet district technology standards. I'm pleased to help secure funding for this project that will benefit all K-5 students in the Greece Central School District by providing them access to new technology. Many thanks to Superintendent Deane-Williams and Principal Potter for inviting me today. 

February 24, 2014
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Griffo Opposes Free College Education for Inmates

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today reiterated his opposition to state prisoners receiving “extreme amenities,” which includes Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to use state funds to educate prisoners at no cost to the recipient.

“Prison is supposed to be a punishment for wrongdoing, not a Club Med where your family can visit anytime and your health issues and education are taken care of at zero cost,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “I have opposed measures that provide perks to prisoners – some of which ordinary New Yorkers don’t even receive – and will continue to do so in the future.”

February 24, 2014
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Klein Delivers $100,000 in New Funding for Tablets, Laptops, and New Technology at Mount Vernon Public Schools

MOUNT VERNON, NY– Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced a $100,000 direct aid grant for Mount Vernon schools that will be used to fund updated technology for 6th and 7th grade students within newly restructured schools in the Mount Vernon school district including Graham Elementary, Pennington Elementary, and Longfellow Middle School.

February 24, 2014
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2014 Legislative Questionnaire/What Are Your Priorities?

As we proceed through the 2014 Legislative session, I’d like your feedback on issues that may be considered, such as medical marijuana, universal full-day pre-kindergarten, and campaign finance reform. I want to know what your priorities are. What concerns you the most? Please share your thoughts by filling out this survey.

February 20, 2014
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Hamilton Students Take Part in Advocacy Day in Albany

By Holly Foster

Posted February 17, 2014

Four Hamilton students traveled to Albany, N.Y., on Feb. 12 to take part in Student Advocacy Day.  Hosted annually by CICU, this event makes it possible for legislators to hear directly from students on what Opportunity Programs across New York State mean in their lives. The stories are powerful, personal and motivational. Hamilton students who attended were LaShawn Ware ’17, Morolake Thompson ’14, Osvaldo Adames ’15, and Leslie Campos ’15.

The students met with Assemblyman Kenneth Blankenbush, Senator David J. Valesky and Assemblyman Marc W. Butler.

February 20, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Counting Things That Count

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

This simple observation made by Albert Einstein captures our concerns with the State’s rollout of Common Core. It’s what caused parents and educators from across the political landscape and from across this great state to come together in opposition to artificial metrics of whether our children are “college and career ready”. It’s why hundreds of you joined me at a forum this Fall at Mineola High School to demand that the Common Core rollout be rolled back. It’s why we worked so hard to ensure that our childrens’ privacy is protected. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get it.

February 20, 2014
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Senator Maziarz hosts "Solutions for Smarter Schools" summit to focus on reforming Common Core

Last night Senator George Maziarz hosted the "Solutions for Smarter Schools" summit at Niagara Falls High School.  The event, held in conjunction with the Partnership for Smarter Schools, drew hundreds of concerned parents, teachers, and administrators.  The consensus among the distinguished panelists was that Common Core learning standards are being implemented the wrong way, and major changes to be made in how these standards are influencing curriculum and testing in the classrooms.  

February 14, 2014
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Statement From State Senator Gustavo Rivera On Senator Skelos' Plan To Block A Vote On NYC Universal Pre-K

"It is unacceptable that the current structure of our Senate empowers a select few to prevent important legislation from even being discussed on the Senate floor.  New Yorkers deserve a legislature that openly and freely debates - and ultimately votes on - those issues of great importance to New Yorkers, including legislation on UPK funding." 
 

February 12, 2014
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Senators Maziarz, Grisanti Release Joint Letter In Support Of Keeping St. Francis of Assisi School Open

Today, Senator George Maziarz and Senator Mark Grisanti released a joint letter in support of keeping St. Francis of Assisi open to The Most Reverend Carlo Maria Viganò , the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

 

In the letter, the Senators said in part:

 

February 12, 2014
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Keep St. Francis of Assisi School open

Click below to read my letter to the Apostolic Nuncio in support of saving St. Francis of Assisi School.

File: 
st francis tonawanda.pdf

February 12, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Testimony from the Public Budget Hearings on Education and Local Government

On his featured Your Voice program, State Senate Finance Chairman John A. DeFrancisco discusses highlights from the public budget hearings on local government and education. There are video clips of the Senator questioning Syracuse Mayor Miner, NYC Mayor de Blasio and NYC Chancellor Fariña. The topics include the proposal for full day Universal Pre-K, Common Core standards, pension costs and details of the Onondaga Lake Revitalization Program.

February 12, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Testimony from the Public Budget Hearings on Education and Local Government

On his featured Your Voice program, State Senate Finance Chairman John A. DeFrancisco discusses highlights from the public budget hearings on local government and education. There are video clips of the Senator questioning Syracuse Mayor Miner, NYC Mayor de Blasio and NYC Chancellor Fariña. The topics include the proposal for full day Universal Pre-K, Common Core standards, pension costs and details of the Onondaga Lake Revitalization Program.

February 12, 2014
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