Issues: Education

State Senator Zeldin Meets with William Floyd School District

Shirley, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) met with the William Floyd School District this week to discuss the upcoming State budget and what can be done to help alleviate unfunded mandates placed on local school districts by the State. Pictured here from left to right are: Anne Marie Marrone Caliendo, Assistant Superintendent of Business, Dr. Paul Casciano, Superintendent of Schools, Senator Zeldin and Malasia Walker, Director of Special Education.

February 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Westbury Board of Education President Dr. Pless M. Dickerson

Senator Jack M. Martins is continuing to meet with school officials in the 7th Senate District. He met with officials from the Westbury School District including Board of Education President Dr. Pless M. Dickerson.

February 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Westbury School District Officials

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins continued his tour of the schools districts in the 7th Senate District as he recently met with the members of the school board and administrative staff including Board of Education President Dr. Pless M. Dickerson and Superintendent of School Dr. Constance Clark-Snead from the Westbury School District to discuss important issues regarding the state budget and how it would affect area schools.

February 11, 2011
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Charter school for English language learners tries again after application rejected last year

Daily News

The educators behind a proposed charter school for Hispanic students in Queens are taking to heart the old adage, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." 

The state rejected the Phoenix Academy Charter School's application last year after new state regulations designed to increase the number of charters kicked in. But instead of giving up, the backers of the proposed K-12 school have applied again. 

February 10, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH SUNY NEW PALTZ INTERIM PRESIDENT DONALD CHRISTIAN

On February 8, 2011 SUNY New Paltz Interim President Donald Christian met with Senator Bonacic in Albany.  Here President Christian is pictured with Senator Bonacic after discussing his concerns about the budget.

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February 9, 2011
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State of Politics Blog - Superintendent Salary Cap Support Grows

Posted on Capital Tonight on Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sen. John Flanagan told me during a CapTon interview last night that he’s open to the idea of a salary cap for public school superintendents, whose compensation was targeted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his budget address last week.

Cuomo mentioned the salary of a Syosset schools superintendent, Carole Hankin, who earns $386,868 a year, as an example of where education officials might consider cutting to make up for the loss of state aid they are expected to suffer during this budget cycle.

February 8, 2011
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February 7, 2011 - Senator Flanagan Discusses Budget On Capital Tonight

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) discusses the school aid issues with Liz Benjamin.

February 8, 2011
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February 7, 2011
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2011-2012 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Elementary & Secondary Education"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Elementary and Secondary Education

February 15, 10:00 AM - 6:21 PM
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Senators Rivera & Espaillat Testified Before Department of Education Hearing on Proposed JFK High School Closing

New York, NY (Jan. 28, 2011) – New York State Senators Adriano Espaillat (D – 31st District) and Gustavo Rivera (D – 33rd District) testified at a public hearing regarding the Department of Education’s proposal to close down John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx. The joint public hearing was observed by the District 10 Community Education Council and the JFK School Leadership Team.

 

February 3, 2011
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Griffo Reports of Senate’s Quick Adoption of Tax Cap and Mandate Relief Measures

Griffo Reports of Senate’s Quick Adoption of Tax Cap and Mandate Relief Measures

(Albany) – Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) today said that the Senate passed measures designed to give the New Yorkers relief from property taxes and to ease the burden of unfunded state mandates on schools and municipal governments. 

“We took the first major step today toward reining in runaway government spending,” said State Senator Griffo. “The property tax cap represents needed change to help make New York affordable again without compromising public safety or essential government services.”

February 2, 2011
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Senator Martins Reads to Students at the Manorhaven School

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) recently visited the Manorhaven Elementary School in the Port Washington School District to participate in the Manorhaven Read Aloud 2011.

Senator Martins read, “Testing the Ice” by Sharon Robinson to the students and also met with Port Washington Superintendent of Schools Dr. Geoffrey N. Gordon.

“Testing the Ice” is a book about the life of baseball great Jackie Robinson, written by his daughter Sharon. Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He faced adversity and displayed courage in overcoming the challenges he faced and paved the way for the integration of Major League Baseball, showing that baseball should not be segregated.

February 2, 2011
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Pass KEEP Legislation Now!

PRESS RELEASE

JANUARY 31st

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Pass KEEP Legislation Now!

Albany, NY- State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. today called on the Legislature to pass the Keep Excellent and Effective Professionals in the classroom (KEEP) Act (S.95), which would ensure that the City’s most effective teachers are not laid off in the event of massive budget cuts as is widely anticipated.

January 31, 2011
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Senators Espaillat & Rivera to Testify Before Dept. of Education Hearing on Proposed JFK High School Closing

Senators to express support for additional parental involvement, higher quality of education for students

January 28, 2011
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Testifying Against the Co-Location of a Charter Elementary School at the Brandeis Campus

On January 25, I submitted testimony at a joint hearing of the New York City Department of Education (DOE), the Community School District 3 (D3) Community Education Council (CEC3) and school leadership teams strongly opposing the DOE's proposal to co-locate a new Success Academy Charter School (SACS) with five existing high schools within the Brandeis Educational Campus (145 West 84 Street).  I echoed the concerns of the D3 community that SACS would preclude the campus from accommodating much-needed additional high school seats; prove extremely disruptive to the building's existing schools; place elementary students at risk among older students; require costly retrofitting of the building for younger students, and reduce individual schools' flexibility in moving, exchangi

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January 26, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Delegates From Elmont's Model UN

Elmont Model UN delegates from Covert Avenue, Clara Carlson, Alden Terrace, Dutch Broadway, Stewart Manor and Gotham Avenue Schools with Senator Martins.

January 26, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Elmont Model UN Advisors

Model UN Advisors, Elmont Superintendent of Schools Al Harper, Nassau Legislator John Ciotti,Elmont Assistant Superintendent Kathy Safrey and Senator Martins gather together before thebreakfast begins.

January 26, 2011
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Elmont Football and Track Star Meets Senator Martins

Football and track star Jaquan Smith greets Senator Martins on his tour of Elmont Memorial High School.

January 26, 2011
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