Andrea Stewart-Cousins's posts related to Education

Urging Additional Help for Yonkers Schools

Legislation Would Account for Increased Enrollment and Pre-Kindergarten Program

(Albany)- Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District- D/WF/I) is urging passage of two bills that she sponsors in the State Senate, which would provide additional State funding to the Yonkers city schools. The first, S. 1011, would provide the Yonkers City Schools with $4.8 million for the district’s Pre-Kindergarten program, and the second, S. 1012 would provide $3.98 million to address the district’s growth of approximately 1500 students. Both bills passed the Senate last year, but did not become law.

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Hawthorne Elementary Schools' "Walk the Green Walk"

Senator Stewart-Cousins joined students, parents and faculty of the Hawthorne Elementary School at the 4th Annual “Walk the Green Walk” this week. The yearly event raises awareness about the importance of protecting the environment. The “Green Walk” began at the elementary school with a parade across Chelsea Street to the Hawthorne Fire Department, and culminated with a ceremony where Senator Stewart-Cousins and other dignitaries addressed the crowd. In her remarks, the Senator summed up the importance of being environmentally conscious with the following poem: “Remember the Earth Carries You Care for her Lovingly Every day.”

Bill to Provide Budget Relief for School Districts Passes Senate

Allows Financing of Teacher Pension Costs; Yonkers will Save $4.9 million

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S. 4067-A) today that would allow school districts throughout New York to finance their teacher pension costs, a process called "amortization". Under current law, school districts must pay contributions to the New York State Teacher Retirement System in one lump sum. This bill permits districts to issue bonds to cover these costs, which allows them to make payments over time and provides much-needed cash to struggling school districts.

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Senator Discusses Mandate Relief with School Superintendents

Senator Stewart-Cousins was one of several Hudson Valley State legislators to attend a meeting of the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents. The topic of the meeting was mandate relief, and how the State can help cash- strapped school districts save money. The superintendents presented several specific proposals, many of which the Senator supported and promised follow up.

Speaking out for Westchester’s Schools

In an impassioned speech on the floor of the Senate, Senator Stewart-Cousins criticized her Republican colleagues for putting forth a resolution which distributed $10 million solely to school districts represented by Republicans.

Leader Stewart-Cousins at Andrus Orchard School

Leader Stewart-Cousins visiting with Alexandria Connally, Assistant Principal of Orchard School, and some of the students of the Andrus Orchard School on March 22nd in Yonkers, NY.

Leader Stewart-Cousins with Henry Winkler at UFT Annual Spring Education Conference 2013

Leader Stewart-Cousins with Henry Winkler participated at the United Federation of Teachers Annual Spring Education Conference on Saturday, May 11th in Midtown Manhattan.

UFT Annual Spring Education Conference 2013

Leader Stewart-Cousins participated in a discussion panel at United Federation of Teacher's Annual Spring Education Conference on Saturday, May 11th in Midtown Manhattan.  Also in attendance were City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, current City Comptroller John Liu, former City Councilman Sal Albanese, and former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion who spoke about their education policies at the event, and special guest Henry Winkler.