José M. Serrano's posts related to Education

Senator Serrano Speaks to Students at Paul Robeson MS. 203 during Career Awareness Program

(Bronx, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano spoke to students at Paul Robeson M.S. 203 about his career as an elected official. The program offered presentations on the importance of leadership, preparation, and the skills necessary to succeed in today's academic setting. Senator Serrano was a part of the program to offer some key words of advice on issues involving civics.


Senator Serrano Speaks to Students at El Barrio's Renaissance Innovation High School About Local Civics & State Government

(East Harlem, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano spoke to government students at Renaissance Innovation High School about his career in New York government. The visit was an opportunity for the students to receive an inside look on working in government and civil service. Senator Serrano spoke of the importance of leadership, advocacy and fighting for the needs of the community.

"I had such a great time speaking with these impressive and poised students" said Senator Serrano. "They were so interested in learning more about government and very insightful about issues affecting our community on a local, state and national level. Their engaging questions allowed us to cover a broad range of subjects. I am very proud of them, and I hope to visit again soon," concluded Serrano.


Senator Serrano Meets with "United Parents of Highbridge" to Discuss the Need for More After-School Programs

(Albany, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano met with a group of 40 students and parents, who traveled to Albany, on behalf of "United Parents of Highbridge." The group, from the Senator's district, met with the Senator to discuss the need for more after-school programming, as well as better funding for local public schools. 


Senator Serrano Reacts to Recent Comments by Senate Republicans Regarding UPK Vote

Senator Serrano Urges  Senate Leadership to  Make Universal Pre-Kindergarten  a Priority this Year

(Albany, NY)-  Senator José M. Serrano, Chair of the Senate Democratic Conference, expressed disappointment after comments by Senator Dean Skelos that universal pre-kindergarten would not come to the Senate floor for a vote this legislative session. The universal pre-kindergarten(UPK) bill would make pre-school accessible for all children.


Senator Serrano Expresses Support for Universal Pre-K

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano rallied alongside New York City Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, parents and students at the Mitchel Community Center in the South Bronx, in support of Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK).  The forum was sponsored by East Side Settlement, Children's Aids Society, United Parents of Highbridge, NYCHA and the Children's Campaign. Serrano expressed his support in favor of NYC's plan for UPK and expanded funding for after-school programs.


Statement from Senator Jose M. Serrano Regarding DREAM Act Legislation in the State Senate

(Albany, NY)- "I am deeply disappointed that today's DREAM Act legislation brought before the Senate failed to achieve enough votes for passage.As the representative for communities in East Harlem and the South Bronx, I have long been a vocal advocate for the DREAM Act because it would provide higher educational opportunities for immigrants in New York City and throughout our state.  


Senator Serrano Meets with the United Federation of Teachers Representatives in Albany

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano met with representatives from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) to discuss issues faced by teachers across New York State. The productive conversation touched on concerns about art and music curriculum, as well as Universal Pre-K (UPK).


Senator Serrano Meets with Students from Manhattan Country School

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano met with 7th and 8th grade students from the Manhattan Country School, who traveled to Albany to discuss current education policies. The students spoke with the Senator about the School to Prison Pipeline, a term used to refer to the current trend of the criminalization of students in schools, which often leads to them ending up in the juvenile justice system. The students discussed ways to put an end to this disturbing pattern that disproportionally affects minority students.


Senator Serrano Discusses the Importance of Arts and Music Education on “Meet The Leaders”

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano appeared as  a guest on “Meet the Leaders” and spoke about his priorities for 2015, especially the incredibly urgent call for more arts and music education. Serrano expressed the importance of bringing back arts and music education in schools that have cut or reduced them to provide our children with the best education possible.