José M. Serrano's posts related to Education

Letter to Archdiocese Re: Proposed Closure of St. Jerome School

December 10, 2012Dear Dr. McNiff,I am writing to you as the State Senator of the 28th Senate District, representing the South and West Bronx, to express my serious concerns with your decision to proceed with the closure of St. Jerome School.  In addition to my role as an elected official, I am a lifelong resident of the Bronx, and I know firsthand the important role that St. Jerome plays in this community and I urge you to reconsider.


Senator Serrano Speaks Out in a Press Conference Against the Proposed Closure of St. Jerome School

Senator Serrano along with parents, children, and other community leaders spoke out in a press conference against the proposed closure of St. Jerome School in the South Bronx. The parochial school has been educating generations of students, many from new immigrant families, for over 140 years.


Senator Serrano Supports HEOP!

Senator Serrano met with New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) students today to discuss the State’s continued support for this program. HEOP, a partnership between New York State and independent colleges and universities, provides economically and educationally disadvantaged residents academic and supportive assistance for college.There are 56 HEOP programs at independent colleges and universities, with more than 4,6000 HEOP students benefiting from these services. HEOP provides students who would not normally meet the admission criteria for the colleges they attend an opportunity to attend and obtain a higher education.    


Rally Against Education Layoffs

Senator Serrano joined District Council 37 on the steps of City Hall for a rally against massive layoffs that would have a negative impact on our local schools. 705 layoffs of Local 372 members have been scheduled for next week, and  765 layoffs occurred at The Department of Education on October 7, 2011. "It is extremely unfortunate that these layoffs are being planned for a district that can’t afford to lose more staff", said Senator Serrano. "Not only will 705 people be unemployed, but our schools will suffer the consequences of losing dedicated parent coordinators and school aides. We must do everything we can to speak out against an action that threatens the quality of our children’s education.”


Senator Serrano Encourages City to Implement Arts Education Blueprint

(New York, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today applauded the Panel for Education Policy's Arts Education Advisory Committee for developing a blueprint consisting of goals and recommendations to enhance arts education in New York City schools, and encouraged the City to carry out its implementation. 

In 2009 Senator Serrano sponsored legislation (S6106), which passed the Senate, to create an advisory committee to advise the Chancellor on arts education and to work to improve compliance with State arts education requirements. Despite the fact that the legislation did not pass the Assembly, in March, 2010, under the leadership of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the City's Arts Education Advisory Committee was created. 


Senator Serrano Joins Rally to Prevent Gun Violence

(Albany, NY)- State Senator José M. Serrano today joined New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, advocates, and nearly 150 high school students to rally for stronger gun laws to help protect our community.

This event, held at the Well in the Legislative Office Building, highlighted the importance of preventing violence in schools and called on the legislature to pass reformative bills that keep illegal guns off our streets.

"Gun violence is a disease that continues to plague our community," said Senator Serrano. "Our students should not have to live in fear of guns in their schools or on their streets. I commend all the students that came today for educating their peers and building awareness throughout their schools."


Serrano at Opening of Morris Heights Educational Complex

Senator Serrano joined Assemblymember Vanessa Gibson on Turesday, November 16th, in celebrating the opening of the Morris Heights Educational Complex, which includes P723X and P.S. 204X. The complex opened in September, and includes a full sized gym, auditorium and a state of the art library.


Senator José M. Serrano and NYS Senate Launch Revolutionary Open Legislation Website at Harlem High School

(New York, NY) - Today, Senator Jose M. Serrano launched the Senate's new Open Legislation  website through an interactive presentation to students at the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics.