Issues: Education

Senator Grisanti Follows Through On Campaign Promise With Passage Of UB 2020 Legislation

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) today joined his colleagues from the Western New York legislative delegation in introducing a new bill that supports the University at Buffalo’s strategic plan, legislation that will benefit students, families and the economy of Western New York.

“This legislation represents one of the major pieces of the puzzle when you talk about the economic future of Western New York,” Senator Grisanti said. “This action today helps send a unified message to Governor Cuomo and others in Albany that we are serious about seeing this important legislation moves forward.”

March 2, 2011
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Senator Grisanti comments on UB 2020 legislation

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti comments on the UB 2020 legislation on the Senate floor: 

March 2, 2011
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March 2, 2011
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State Senate passes UB 2020 legislation; Moves strategic plan to create jobs in Western New York

The New York State Senate has passed UB 2020 legislation that supports the University at Buffalo’s strategic plan to encourage economic growth and create jobs in Western New York. 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer voted in favor of the legislation.

March 2, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Reform "Last In, First Out"

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3501B), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), to reform the “Last In, First Out” (LIFO) law in New York City.  Current law bases the layoffs of teachers and supervisors solely based on seniority and without regard to their effectiveness or competence.   By reforming the LIFO system, which New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pointed to as a major problem in keeping quality teachers in city schools, this bill will put qualifications ahead of seniority so that the best teachers are protected.  This issue is critical due to education funding cuts proposed in the Executive Budget.

March 1, 2011
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Senator Addabbo's statement on education bill S.3501B

Queens, NY, March 1, 2011NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the Senate's Education Committee, released the following statement on education bill S.3501B, scheduled for a vote today:

 

March 1, 2011
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March 1, 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senator Grisanti Urges 'Big Four" Districts to Repeal 'Last In First Out' Law

Republican state legislator teams with Democratic colleague in asking for a  new system for teacher evaluation

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) is pushing to repeal the “last in, first out” (LIFO) policy by joining with administrators and board of education members from the “Big Four” school districts of New York (Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers) in their request for new systems for teacher evaluation to be put into place.

February 28, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Room 124 CAP

March 1, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Room 807 LOB

March 1, 12:00 PM - 12:16 PM
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New York Post Editorial - Thursday, February 24, 2010

The people of New York have spoken. The state Senate is taking action.

Now the rest is up to Gov. Cuomo. That is, if New York's ar chaic, seniority-driven teacher-lay off law -- "Last in, first out" -- is to be modernized, it's up to the governor.

And he has only until next Thursday to set things in motion.

It's the right thing to do.

And the people demand it.

The Quinnipiac Poll has a new survey out today, and the numbers are astounding:

* New Yorkers prefer that merit, not seniority, govern teacher layoffs by 85 percent to 12 percent.

* Even members of union households support merit-based layoffs by 75 percent to 20 percent.

* And parents of public-school children oppose LIFO by a mind-boggling 90 percent to 7 percent.

February 24, 2011
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New York Post - Senate bill for 'fire' power vs. teachers

ALBANY -- Mayor Bloomberg's drive to end "last in/first out" protections for underachieving city teachers got a big boost in the state Senate last night with the introduction of a measure to end the union-backed practice, The Post has learned.

February 24, 2011
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Senator Flanagan And Senator Martins Host Tax Cap and Mandate Relief Hearing

To gather expert testimony on the most effective way for New York State to proceed in its efforts to provide tax relief to its residents while protecting valuable services, Senator Jack M. Martins, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, and Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, hosted a joint hearing entitled “The True Path to Reducing New York’s Real Property Tax Burden: Mandate Relief and Tax Caps”.

February 22, 2011
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Senator Maziarz visits Spruce Elementary School

Senator George Maziarz recently visited Spruce Elementary School in North Tonawanda to meet with dozens of sixth graders and read the popular story, "The Giverbacker Parade."  Senator Maziarz fielded questions from the kids and spoke to them about the importance of giving back to their community. 

February 22, 2011
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Calling for a Comprehensive Plan to Rid Our Schools of PCB Contamination

Nearly three years have passed since dangerous levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were discovered in P.S 199 on West 70 Street and a number of other New York City public schools.  While much progress has been made in remediating contamination at a few select schools, it is unacceptable that there is still no City-wide plan to address this problem.  The Bloomberg administration’s intransigence is particularly disturbing in light of clear evidence of PCB leakage from light ballasts in schools built or substantially renovated between 1950 and 1978.

February 19, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Leaders From Nassau BOCES

Senator Jack Martins welcomed a group of Nassau BOCES students and staff at the State Capitol to discuss education and program funding for BOCES classes and initiatives. Principal James Clark led the delegation made up of Steve Witt, Sue Bergstrom, Shirlene Blake-Neil, Ryan Llanos, Joshua DaSilva and Cynthia Cruz-Melgran. "Programs like Nassau BOCES help all of our students reach as far and wide as they dream. Not only does BOCES offer non-traditional programs and services, but they offer critical skills for students in our community's schools. I was really glad to sit down and talk with all of them," Senator Martins said.

February 18, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Intel Semi-Finalist From Manhasset

Senator Jack M. Martins recently honored Jun Kit “Timothy” He when the Senator visited Manhasset High School. Tim was one of the semi-finalists in the 70th Intel Science Talent Search competition.

Tim’s project, “Gene Expression Profiling and EKG: The Development of a Novel Prognostic Mechanism for Cardiac Allograft Rejection,” addressed heart transplant recipients. His project used gene expression levels in white blood cells and EKG variables to create an equation that can predict rejection without the biopsy.

February 18, 2011
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