Senator Jack M. Martins continues to meet with school superintendents from school districts from around the Seventh Senate District. Recently, he met with Manhasset School Superintendent Charles Cardillo as well as Deputy Superintendent for Business and Finance Rosemary Johnson and Board of Education President Regina Rule to discuss issues important to the Manhasset School District.
Senator Jack M. Martins showed Mineola Mustang Pride at the Mineola Homecoming Parade. The rain couldn't keep the Mineola School District community from shining. By the time the game started, the sun was out. Unfortunately, the team was defeated by West Hempstead, but, as always at homecoming, students, parents, staff and the community showed plenty of spirit in their hometown schools.
Senator Jack M. Martins stood up for schools in the Seventh Senate District during a Senate Education Committee hearing on the Regents Reform Agenda. Senator Martins questioned representatives from the New York State Department of Education on a statistic that says 50 percent of students aren't college-ready.
Senator Martins frequently visits schools throughout the Seventh Senate District and stated that students are achieving high and going on to college, where they are achieve there as well, as he questioned the validity of the statistic. Senator Martins comments can be seen here.
During Senate Standing Committee on Education hearing about the Regent's Reform Agenda, much of the discussion revolved around standardized testing. Senator Jack M. Martins, one of the members of the committee, spoke about the aims of student testing. The Senator questioned whether, in evaluating students by giving them a score from 1-4, the state education department is losing sight of what is most important, which is the self-esteem of a child.
Children with high self-esteem will be more apt to learn and take part in extra-curricular activities, where they can let their creativity shine.
Make no bones about it. I have been consumed with nonstop questions and concerns regarding the state education department’s rollout of the Common Core curriculum. I’m approached by constituents with questions at almost every event I attend in our district. But more than answer questions, I’ve been trying to listen because it’s abundantly clear to me that people are truly upset. There’s something wrong and they want something to be done.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently participated in a forum on the Affordability of Faith-Based Schools at the Solomon Schechter School in Williston Park. The forum was co-sponsored by the Catholic, Jewish, Luterhan and Islamic communities of northern Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Senator Jack M. Martins frequently visits the schools around the Seventh Senate District. One of his favorite things to do is read book with the students. He had an opportunity to do just that when he participated in the Manorhaven Elementary School Community Read Aloud.
Senator Martins read "Zen Shorts" with the students. It is a story is about three siblings and their new neighbor, a panda, and invites children to consider the world and their perceptions from different angles.
The Manorhaven Elementary School is in the Port Washington School District.
Could you imagine if tomorrow school districts across New York State had to absorb more than 400,000 new students? Or picture your local school enrolling hundreds of new students and the effect it would have on class sizes, let alone our ability to provide books and materials, desks and lockers. Our current facilities could in no way withstand that kind of blow. In each district, new schools would have to be immediately built and hundreds of teachers, aides, and support staff would have to be hired. With the average cost to educate a student in New York at over $20,000 annually, you could bet our already sky-high school taxes would zoom to astronomical levels.
State Senator Jack Martins joined County Executive Ed Mangano and the members of the Elmont West Club Alumni Football players in sponsoring a breakfast for the team at homecoming. Coach Jay Hegi, Principal John Capozzi, Assisant Coaches Kru Patel and Dave Kinsley joined with Martins and the entire football team for breakfast and inspirational speeches from Ian Holder, Herve' Duroseau and Lancelot Theobald.
State Senator Jack Martins attended the annual Sewanhaka Homecoming parade and greeted members of the varsity football team this past week. The Sewanhaka Indians beat their homecoming opponents in exciting action at the Anthony Dwyer fields. Before the game, Senator Martins spoke to the team and wished them well in their game.