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FARLEY, FAHY INTRODUCE LEGISLATION THAT ALLOWS FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE IN PLACE OF SUSPENSION IN SCHOOLS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) joins Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy (D-Albany) in introducing legislation that will allow for community service to be made an option to be in place of or in conjunction with suspension of students in public schools.

“I am pleased to join with Assemblywoman Fahy in sponsoring this legislation,” said Senator Farley. “Our bill would provide schools with greater flexibility in disciplining students. While suspension may be appropriate in many cases, there are other situations where an alternate approach may be more effective and more beneficial to both the student and the affected community.”

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Senator Farley Discusses Education

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with Mary Jo Dickerson, Superintendent Long Lake Central School, this week and discussing the State budget as it relates to educational issues.

SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL REFORMING THE BOARD OF REGENTS SELECTION PROCESS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) reported he and his colleagues in the New York Senate this week passed legislation to dramatically reform the selection process for the state Board of Regents to better reflect the population of the entire state. The bill (S2031A) establishes a more equitable and balanced appointment process for the selection of the Board of Regents, who are charged with setting education policy in New York.

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Senator Farley’s Community Service Legislation Passes Senate

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that the Senate today passed legislation allowing schools the option of requiring students to perform community service as an alternative to being suspended.

“Our bill would provide schools with greater flexibility in disciplining students,” Senator Farley said. “While suspension may be appropriate in many cases, there are other situations where an alternate approach may be more effective and more beneficial to both the student and the affected community.”

Under current law, schools impose a variety of penalties to students that include detention, in-school suspension and out-of-school suspension.

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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE REPUBLICANS CALL FOR A BUDGET THAT RETURNS $1 BILLION TO SCHOOLS BY ENDING THE GEA THIS YEAR

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady), along with his colleagues in the New York State Senate Majority, held a press conference in Albany today, and outlined their plan to abolish the notorious Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and its impact on state funding to public schools. The Senate Republican Conference is proposing to return $1 billion to schools across the state by accelerating the complete elimination of the GEA in the 2015-16 state budget.

The GEA was first imposed on New Yorkers in 2010 by former Governor David Paterson and the Democrats who controlled the Senate and Assembly. The entire Senate Republican Conference voted against the GEA because it created severe cuts to the bottom lines for public schools.

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Senator Farley Discusses Education Issues With Schenectady School Board

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with members of the Schenectacy City School District Board of Education on March 16th in Albany to discuss education issues. Pictured with Senator Farley are (left to right) Dharam Hitlall, Cathy Lewis, Andrew Chestnut, Ann Reilly, John Foley.

SENATE PASSES BILL EXPANDING ACCESS TO EDUCATION FOR ADULT LEARNERS IN NEW YORK

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would expand the literacy and other educational opportunities available to adult learners in order to help them succeed. The bill (S2895), sponsored by Senator Hugh Farley (R-C, Schenectady), would enable public libraries to obtain additional state funds for their high school equivalency programs and employment training services that help adults get jobs.

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SEN. FARLEY NOTES FOLLOWING HISTORIC $1.4 BILLION AID INCREASE, SENATE REPUBLICANS ACT TO FURTHER PROTECT STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS

school aid increase that was the centerpiece of the 2015-16 state budget approved in March, Senate Republicans recently passed common-sense education reforms that will empower parents and teachers, restore local control, and aggressively address the problems caused by an overemphasis on standardized testing.

The legislation (S5954) directs the State Education Department (SED) to release test questions and the corresponding correct answers to teachers by June 1st of the same school year. Doing so will encourage greater transparency and accountability, and ensure that the standardized tests are a learning tool, not just a data collection device.

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