Issues: Education

Students from Living Word Academy in Syracuse Visit Senator DeFrancisco at the Capitol.

Students from Living Word Academy in Syracuse Visit Senator DeFrancisco at the Capitol.

March 22, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students at the Lyncourt School Renovation Project Ribbon Cutting.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students at Lyncourt School. The students were selling pins to raise money in the wake of the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

March 22, 2011
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ADDABBO NAMED TO EDUCATION BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Committee to Publicly Address Governor, Assembly and Senate Budget Proposals  

March 22, 2011
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Senator Zeldin and Assemblyman Dean Murray Welcome the Bellport Senior High School Social Studies Department to Albany

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I – Shirley) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C – East Patchogue) recently welcomed the Bellport Senior High School Social Studies Department to Albany as part of the group’s “Albany Lobby Day.”  Senator Zeldin and Assemblyman Murray (above, center) held a productive Q&A session with the students followed by a tour of the Capitol Building and Senate Chamber.  

March 21, 2011
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Senate's Budget Makes Education a Priority

Senate's Proposal Eliminates MTA Payroll Tax for Schools

The New York State Senate's budget proposal for the 2011-2012 fiscal year closes a $10 billion budget deficit, calls for even less spending than the Governor's budget proposal and sends a message that education is a priority.

March 21, 2011
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Senator Martins Huddles With School Leaders to Talk About the Budget, Mandate Relief

Senator Jack M. Martins met with school board leaders from throughout the 7th Senate District in Albany to strategize about state aid to schools and mandate relief. Trustees from Franklin Square, Floral Park, New Hyde Park, Sewanhaka, East Williston, North Shore and other districts met with Martins and briefed him on school issues and concerns. The discussion with local education leaders was “positive, proactive and a frank exchange between public education advocates and the Senate,” said Senator Martins. "It’s great to know that I have real partners in education that not only care about our young people, but understand that people are truly hurting economically in our communities.”

March 21, 2011
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Senator Owen H. Johnson Congratulates Three High Schools in the 4th Senate District

Senator Owen H. Johnson congratulates three high schools in the 4th Senate District that were recognized nationally by the College Board for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses and maintaining or improving the rate at which students score well on demanding AP tests.    “I’d like to congratulate three schools in my district: Copiague High School; Sayville High School; and West Islip High School for being recognized by the College Board and for being placed on their National Advanced Placement Achievement List,” Senator Johnson said. 

March 18, 2011
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Drexel Avenue School Students Impress Senator Martins

Senator Jack M. Martins continued his tour of the schools in the 7th Senate District by visiting the Drexel Avenue Elementary School in Westbury. Senator Martins met with Principal Dr. Wanda Toledo and Westbury School Superintendent Dr. Constance Clark-Snead before visiting with three of the classes in the school.

March 17, 2011
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Senator Robach Meets with Members of MCC

On Tuesday, March 15th, Travis Sharp, Michael Gray, and Scott Blue, all from Monroe Community College were in Albany to meet with Senator Robach in his legislative office.

March 16, 2011
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Budget Conference Committees Start Fine-Tuning State Budget

ALBANY, 03/16/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to two key joint budget conference committees which held their first meetings today in Albany.  Senator Seward will serve on the higher education subcommittee and the education subcommittee.

Regarding his higher education subcommittee assignment Senator Seward said:

“Our SUNY schools and community colleges are vital on two fronts – providing a quality, affordable education for our young people and driving our upstate economy.  As we develop a final state budget, I will be working to ensure our state’s higher education system will remain an attainable dream for our young people and their families and an economic engine for our region.”

March 16, 2011
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Republican Senate Budget Proposal Slashes Yonkers Education Funding

Senator Stewart-Cousins Sends Letter to Majority Leader Urging Restoration of Funds

(Albany) - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke on the floor of the Senate yesterday, urging full restoration of Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) Aid to the City of Yonkers. The Republican Senate Budget Resolution, approved yesterday, cut VLT Aid to Yonkers by $15 million, which would have a devastating impact on the Yonkers School District.

March 16, 2011
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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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