Issues: Education

Senator Martins Congratulates Students Who Performed in NYSSMA Concert

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the annual New York State School Music Association Concert at the State Capitol. During the concert, Senator Martins had the opportunity to congratulate local musical performers Christina Ames, Nicholas Olynciw and Nikhl Thomas. All three students attend local schools in the 7th Senate District. Ames attends Wheatley High School; Olynciw attends Floral Park Memorial High School and Thomas attends Clarke High School in Westbury. The concert featured outstanding musicians from throughout the state.

March 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Great Neck PTA Education Forum

Senator Jack M. Martins and New York State Board of Regents member Roger Tilles were guests of the Great Neck PTA Thursday night for a forum on the future of education in New York State. The forum took place at Great Neck South High School and was moderated by Great Neck School Superintendent Dr. Tom Dolan. The forum was well attended by community members, PTA and educators from throughout the community.

“The education forum sponsored by the PTA was an outstanding format that allowed for a serious discussion on education, our State budget and issues that impact our schools,” said Senator Martins. “I want to thank the Great Neck PTA for hosting the forum and their kind invitation.”

March 11, 2011
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School Superintendent Forum

Senator LaValle was joined by Assemblymen Fred Thiele, Dan Losquadro and Senator Lee Zeldin at a forum with more than 25 school superintendents.

The group discussed the proposed Executive Budget as well as the two percent tax cap legislation and its impact on school districts.

March 11, 2011
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"The Buffalo News" Editorial Board: For UB, once again

Fifty-five state senators, Republicans and Democrats, stood in solidarity for the University at Buffalo last week, passing a new bill supporting the UB 2020 strategic plan. It's a new momentum for the bill that could bolster all of Western New York. It must not be lost.The bill was sponsored by freshman Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, and supported by Majority Leader Dean Skelos. It now demands support in the Assembly, especially as it takes out the key opposition argument of affordability in allowing the university to raise its own tuition.

March 11, 2011
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KLEIN RALLIES TO SAVE FUNDING FOR 4201 SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK

Senator Klein Fights To Help Save Money That Supports Deaf, Blind and Physically Disabled Schools

BRONX, NY –  State Senator Jeff Klein (D- Bronx/ Westchester) joined concerned students, parents and educators during an Albany rally to save the funding for schools that serve deaf, blind and physically disabled students. 

The Bronx  is home to three of these schools otherwise known as 4201 schools -  Lavelle School for the Blind, St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf and New York Institute for Special Education.

March 10, 2011
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All-County Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles Perform at the Capitol.

Senator Owen Johnson visited with talented musicians from across Suffolk County performing at the Capitol on March 8, 2011.  The Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles performed for Music In Our Schools Month sponsored by the New York State School Music Association.  Among those performing from Senator Johnson’s District were:

March 10, 2011
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Half Hollow High School Students Visit Albany!

Senator Owen H. Johnson met with Half Hollow Hills High School Students and the President of Half Hollow Hills PTA Council in Albany on March 8, 2011 to discuss their concerns about the NY State Budget.  Photo left to right:  Marietta Costa, President of the Half Hollow Hills PTA Council; Neilofar Rahimzada, a Freshman at Half Hollow Hills High School East;  Nicole Lombardo, a Senior at Half Hollow Hills High School West; Senator Owen H. Johnson; and Richard Martin, a Freshman at Half Hollow Hills High School East.  

March 10, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Italian Consul General Talo'

Elimination of Foreign Language Regents Concerns Senator

Senator Jack M. Martins met with Italian Consul General Francesco M. Talo’, Italian Educational Director Minister Antonio Benetti, Undersecretary for Italians Abroad Silvana Mangione and former Elmont Union Free School District Superintendent Dr. Maria Palandra regarding educational issues and foreign language exams. Students who are taking Italian in schools will not be given the opportunity to take a regents exam in future due to a Regents vote that canceled the administering of the exam.

March 10, 2011
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Senator Robach Welcomes Bryant and Stratton College to Albany

On Tuesday, March 8th, Senator Robach met with representatives from Bryant and Stratton College in Rochester at his Albany Legislative Office regarding TAP (tuition assistance program).

 

Senator Robach pictured with representatives from Bryant and Stratton College, including Andrea Lenney, Natasha Fite, Marie D'Alessandro, Jennifer Smith, Ted Barclift, Marc Ambrosi, Steven Lingard, and Rob Ferrell.

March 10, 2011
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Rallying to Restore Education Funding

Keeping Current Surcharge Would Stave off Cuts

(Albany)- Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District- D/WF/I) rallied to restore proposed State budget cuts to education funding today, joining several of her Democratic colleagues and the Alliance for Quality Education at a press conference in the Capital. The Senator says the cuts, totaling over $1.5 billion, can be restored by continuing the income tax surcharge on individuals netting more than $200,000 per year, and couples netting more than $300,000 per year. The surcharge was signed into law in 2009 and is set to expire on December 31, and it would bring over $4 billion in revenue to the State this fiscal year.

March 9, 2011
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Parents And Teachers Rally For PS 32: Department of Education Exploring Other Options

Carroll Gardens Patch

By Georgia Kral

March 9, 2011

The PS 32 auditorium was almost at capacity last night as teachers, parents, students and grandparents rallied to "save" their school.

In the last couple of days, said Principal Deborah Florio, the school has been reeling, trying to figure out what to do with the recent announcement that Brooklyn Prospect Charter School might temporarily move into the portable classrooms behind the school.

March 9, 2011
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Senator Montgomery Votes to Preserve Seniority & Tenure Rights of Educators

At a recent meeting of the Senate Education Committee, Senator Montgomery spoke out against the Last In, First Out (LIFO) bill (S.3501), which attempts to leverage the state’s current fiscal crisis to eliminate the seniority and tenure rights of all New Year City educators. Moreover, the bill is a blatant attempt at union busting, demonstrating a clear and dangerous disregard for the rights of educators that have been negotiated and defined through collective bargaining.

March 9, 2011
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Greece Athena Middle School Director Honored Before Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

On Friday, March 4th, Greece Athena Middle School opened up its production of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. Prior to the first show of the weekend, Senator Robach presented a certificate to Artistic Director Carl Wager. Wager is retiring after a 39-year career of a teacher and director. 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' continues Friday March 11th at 7:30 and Saturday March 12th at 2:00 and 7:30 at the Greece Athena Performing Arts Center.

March 9, 2011
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3/9/2011: Press Conference on Renewal of Millionaires Tax

 

**MEDIA ADVISORY**

SENATE DEMOCRATS JOIN WITH PARENT AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION LEADERS AND PRESIDENT OF UFT IN CALLING FOR RENEWING MILLIONAIRES TAX TO FUND EDUCATION

Who: (L-R) Billy Easton, Executive Director, Alliance for Quality Education, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Senator Andriano Espaillat, Senator Gustavo Rivera, Senator Jose Peralta, Senator Tony Avella, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Shirley L. Huntley (podium)

March 9, 2011
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Long Branch Elementary School Select Chorus Visits the Capitol.

Long Branch Elementary School Select Chorus Visits the Capitol.

March 8, 2011
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Long Branch Elementary School Select Band Visits the Capitol.

Long Branch Elementary School Select Band Visits the Capitol.

March 8, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Elmont Memorial High School's Cast of Footloose

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the cast and crew of Elmont Memorial High School's musical production of "Footloose" on their outstanding performance on March 4 and 5. The reviews on the musical were unanimous- it was sensational. Cast leads Joshua Johnson, Phylisha Mitchell, Brandon Cleveland, Cassandra Cesar, Kelsey Baffour and Joseph Smith, along with the entire cast, earned standing ovations at each of the performances this past weekend. "Everybody said the same exact thing about this performance- it was better than Broadway," said Senator Martins. "Congratulations are in order for the cast, crew, pit orchestra and all the parents and community members who were a part of the production. You made Elmont proud."

March 8, 2011
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DISTINGUISHED PANEL OF EXPERTS AMONG HIGHLIGHTS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION FORUM

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will be hosting his 5th Annual special education forum and is inviting educators and parents of students of School District 20, 21 and 22, to attend on Friday, March 11, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Regina Pacis Center located at 1258 65th Street in Brooklyn.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Richard Selznick, author of The Shut-Down Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child.

March 8, 2011
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