Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Friday, February 8th, 2013
BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon the SUNY Board of Trustees vote to authorize Downstate's president to propose a plan to the New York State Department of Health that could close Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and sell off the hospital for real estate development:
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
ALBANY – State Senator Daniel Squadron announced today that the Senate Education Committee has passed legislation he's long pushed that allows schools to close on Lunar New Year.
Schools in neighborhoods with large Asian American populations, such as Chinatown in Manhattan and Flushing in Queens, report large numbers of absences on Lunar New Year. This year, P.S. 130, P.S. 124, and P.S. 2 in Lower Manhattan all reported absence rates of roughly 70 percent.
Approximately one in six New York City public school students are Asian American. Currently, students who celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday receive an “excused” absence, meaning they miss a full day of classes and have the absence marked on their record. This legislation would require that the city Department of Education (DOE) consider closing schools if a holiday is likely to result in “a considerable proportion” of students being absent.
ALBANY—Today, the New York State Senate approved a bill (S.6688 Golden/Squadron / A.7756 Kim/Silver), long championed by Senator Squadron, to allow Lunar New Year to be a school holiday. The bill would require that the city Department of Education (DOE) consider closing schools if a holiday is likely to result in a considerable proportion of students being absent. The State Assembly passed this bill in February.
Electeds: Momentum Builds to Recognize Importance of Lunar New Year Holiday
NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, elected officials from around the city, and community leaders celebrated the passage of a bill to push the Lunar New Year as a school holiday. The bill (S.6688 Golden/Squadron / A.7756 Kim/Silver) passed the State Senate earlier this week and the Assembly in February and will now go to Governor Cuomo's desk.
Measure Would Require the New York City School Construction Authority to Account for Population Growth
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senator Daniel Squadron announced today that both houses have passed legislation to help address the severe overcrowding problem in New York City schools by requiring the City’s School Construction Authority (SCA) to collect population data and use this information in connection with the Authority's five-year educational facilities capital plan (A.10108/S.07873). The bill, sponsored by Silver and Squadron, states that the SCA and the New York City Schools Chancellor must factor and account for how future population growth might affect the pervasive overcrowding of city schools.
NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron announced the sixth annual Service and Government Engagement (SAGE) Awards, honoring graduating Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn students who have demonstrated public service and a commitment to their communities beyond the classroom.