Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored Solvay Middle School Principal James Werbeck with a Resolution on May15, 2012. Werbeck was named the 2012 New York State Middle School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State. James Werbeck and his wife, Susie, were recognized by Senator DeFrancisco from the Senate Floor in Albany.
On June 8, 2012, Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Mrs. DeStefano's universal pre-kindergarten class at Solvay Elementary School. For the first time this year, the school district was able to operate its universal pre-k program within the elementary school building. Senator DeFrancisco observed classroom activities, and even joined in using the Smart Board. Solvay's universal pre-kindergarten program is funded by a special grant from the New York State Education Department.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced the passage of bill (S4640C) in the Senate June 18, 2012, that would require a New York state permit for medical personnel who operate equipment that supports a patient’s heart and lungs during certain medical procedures.
“Currently, perfusionists, who are the operators of the equipment, are not required to be licensed or certified in New York state. This bill would require that perfusionists obtain a permit and establish that they are regulated by the New York State Board of Regents and Education Department,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
Students at Soule Road Elementary School demonstrate for State Senator John A. DeFrancisco how they use tablet computing devices during interactive learning projects. Senator DeFrancisco helped secure discretionary funding for the Liverpool School District, which was used to purchase the tablets. He visited two first and fifth grade classrooms on October 22, 2012, to observe the tablets in use.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with West Genesee High School senior Olivia Onoff, who invited the Senator to speak to her government class on October 25, 2012. Senator DeFrancisco discussed several issues including state government and his role as a Senator, education cuts, animal rights, and hydrofracking.
Your Voice is a televised show that is taped in Albany. On the following Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Joint Budget Hearing on Education and his frustration with a failed teacher evaluation agreement in the New York City school district. You can watch his exchange with union leaders from the United Federation of Teachers by clicking on the link above.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the Blue Ribbon Celebration at Cherry Road School on Tuesday November 26, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco congratulated Cherry Road School for being designated as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Cherry Road School is part of the Westhill School District.
On December 3, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco served as the moderator of a community forum on the Common Core Standards, which was held at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. New York State Education Commissioner John King attended the forum to answer questions and listen to comments from the public regarding Common Core and teacher evaluations. About 200 parents, teachers and community members attended the event. Also participating in the forum were Senator David Valesky, Assembly members, Will Barclay, Al Stirpe and Gary Finch (not pictured in photo), and Board of Regents Vice Chancellor Anthony Bottar.