Issues: Education

KLEIN ATTENDS READ ALLIANCE PROGRAM COMPLETION CEREMONY AT P.S. 97

Senator Klein Presents Certificates to Students and Tutors 

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D- Bronx/ Westchester) and President of AT&T New York Hal Lenox attended the READ Alliance Program completion ceremony at P.S. 97 on Friday. A tutoring session was held prior to the ceremony where the children were tutored by students from St. Raymond’s, St. Catherine’s, Lehman and Truman High Schools. During the ceremony, Klein and READ Alliance President Yvonne Petrasovits presented students and tutors with certificates of achievement for their hard work.

March 14, 2011
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KLEIN HONORS NYACCE 2011 STUDENT OF THE YEAR HONOREE EDGAR ALONSO WITH A CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

Senator Jeff Klein presents NYACCE 2011 Student of the Year Honoree Edgar Alonso of Yonkers CSD with a certificate of achievement. Pictured is Senator Klein with Edgar Alonso and his proud family.

March 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Gets Visit From St. Brigid's School Students

Students from St. Brigid's School in Westbury visited with Senator Jack M. Martins at the State Capitol to talk about schools, Catholic education and current events. The students were hosted by Senator Martins during the annual Catholic Conference day in Albany. Senator Martins welcomed the students and sat with them in the New York State Senate conference room to hear what was on their minds. A great discussion took place on issues important to the conference and greater Long Island community. During the meeting, students had the opportunity to give their opinions and a little advice to Senator Martins on issues being debated at the State Capitol. "You learn a lot when you listen to young people like the students at St. Brigid's.

March 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Catholic School Students During Catholic Conference Day

Senator Jack M. Martins met with Catholic school students from throughout the 7th Senate District. Students from Floral Park, Westbury, Manhasset, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Franklin Square, Elmont and East Williston discussed education issues with the Senator during "Catholic Conference Day" in Albany. Thousands of students from throughout Long Island, and New York State, met with Senators and Assemblymembers during the annual conference. "It was an honor to sit with our next generation of leaders and share ideas on education and leadership during these very challenging economic times," said Senator Martins. "I salute all of these young women for getting involved, caring and making a difference.

March 14, 2011
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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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