Issues: Education

Senator Martins Discusses Finances With School Superintendents

State Senator Jack Martins met with school superintendents from throughout the northwest quadrant of the 7th Senate district to discuss state aid, mandate relief and canceled grant funding. The meeting was chaired by Floral Park Bellerose School District Superintendent Dr. Lynn Pombonyo. Among the local school superintendents at the meeting included Al Harper of Elmont, Warren Meierdiercks of Sewanhaka, Patrick Manley of Franklin Square, Dr. Tom Dolan of Great Neck South, Robert Katulak of New Hyde Park-Garden City Park, Charles Cardillo of Manhasset, Dr. Brenner of Roslyn, Dr. John Bierwirth of Herricks, Dr. Lorna Lewis of East Williston and many more were in attendance.

February 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Covert Avenue School Select Chorus

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulates the members of the Covert Avenue School Select Chorus on a sensation performance.

February 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Inter-School PTA Celebration in Elmont

State Senator Jack Martins was back in Elmont to speak to over 400 Elmont community members and PTA leaders at the Covert Avenue School on the occasion of Elmont Inter-School PTA’s 114th anniversary. Senator Martins congratulated the PTA and thanked community volunteers for their “hard work and sacrifice in making Elmont’s schools a success.”

Senator Martins was invited to give remarks at the program and participate in the evening by the Inter-School PTA and Elmont School District. “Elmont’s schools and PTA are a partnership that makes things happen in the Elmont community,” said Senator Jack Martins noting, “the people gathered in this room are a vital key to the future success of our young people and schools in Elmont.”

February 14, 2011
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Public Hearing: Public Hearing: Senate Hearing on Mandate Relief and Real Property Tax Caps

Senator John Flanagan, chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, and Senator Jack M. Martins, chair of the Standing Committee on Local Government, will be co-sponsoring a hearing on the intertwined issues of mandate relief and the property tax cap.

February 17, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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IDC Releases School Mandate Relief Plan

Regional Collective Bargaining among measures to lower costs, preserve educational quality

The Independent Democratic Conference today introduced a mandate relief package that will help schools reduce costs, maintain educational quality and ultimately help with the implementation of a tax cap.

File: 
IDC School Mandate Relief Report.pdf

February 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Addresses Chaminade High School Social Studies Club

Senator Jack M. Martins returned to his alma mater on Thursday as he spoke to the Chaminade High School Social Studies Club. Senator Martins discussed the issues with about 250 members of the club in the auditorium as he continued his tour of schools in the 7th Senate District.

Senator Martins spoke about the fiscal problems facing New York State and how they affect local communities in the 7th Senate District. The Senator told the students of the $10 billion shortfall in the state’s budget and Governor Cuomo’s proposed cuts to close it. Senator Martins said he will be fighting to make sure the cuts will not be falling disproportionately on schools in the 7th Senate District.

February 11, 2011
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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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