Issues: Education

Education is a right not a privilege

On March 15, 2011 Senator Pekins joined with advocates in the State Capitol Building to fight for education.

March 15, 2011
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LaValle: Funding Restored to SUNY Stony Brook Hospital and Long Island Veteran’s Home in Senate Budget, Defines State’s Obligation to Students.

 

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) today announced he has fought for and restored funding to the proposed New York State budget that would have decimated local hospital programs and veterans’ care on Long Island by reorganizing and prioritizing what is important to the First Senatorial District and Long Island and all for less than the original budget as proposed by the Governor.

Coming in at approximately $132.5 billion, the Senate budget spends less than the Executive Budget  and stabilizes the State’s finances this year and in future years. 

March 15, 2011
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Senator Oppenheimer Hosts Roundtable to Provide School District Voice on New State Rules for Teacher/Principal Evaluations

“How can we preserve all that is excellent about schools in Westchester?” was the question presented by Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) at a meeting of educators from the 37th Senate District. This topic was the focus of a roundtable organized by the Senator for school officials to meet with Senior Deputy Commissioner John King of the NYS Department of Education in February.

March 15, 2011
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March 14, 2011
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Senator Rivera Introduces Legislation Honoring Dr. Frances Fox Piven for her Life's Work and Academic Contributions

On March 9, 2011, Senator Gustavo Rivera introduced a legislative resolution, numbered S.676, honoring the life’s work and academic contributions of Dr. Frances Fox Piven upon the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the publication of Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare. Senator Rivera was joined by Senators Liz Krueger and Bill Perkins in speaking on the floor of the Senate in support of this resolution.

Click here to view video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9fAbou1TpY.

Below is a copy of Senator Rivera’s floor statement in support of the Resolution Honoring Frances Fox Piven.

March 14, 2011
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KLEIN PAYS TRIBUTE TO CITY ISLAND BY HOSTING ITS ANNUAL "WOMEN'S HERSTORY MONTH" CELEBRATION

On Sunday March 13, 2011, Senator Klein paid tribute to City Island by hosting its Annual "Women's Herstory Month" Celebration and commemorating "The Anne Hutchinson Year," in honor of this Bronx/American historic figure in recognition of her 420th Birthday Anniversary (1591-1643).

March 14, 2011
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KLEIN VISITS WITH STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AT LAVELLE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND

Senator Jeff Klein visited with students and teachers at Lavelle School for the Blind, one of three 4201 schools in the Bronx.

March 14, 2011
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KLEIN VISITS STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AT LAVELLE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND

Senator Jeff Klein visited with students and teachers at Lavelle School for the Blind, one of three 4201 schools in the Bronx.

March 14, 2011
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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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