Malcolm A. Smith's posts related to Education

Commencing to Commencement

I have the honor of giving the commencement address tomorrow at Morrisville State College, one of the jewels in our State University of New York (SUNY) system.

I have visited Morrisville several times in the past and have been impressed by their campus, faculty, students, President Ray Cross, and most especially their School of Agriculture & Natural Resources.

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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding Additional NYC School Closings Due to H1N1

“Today, I was informed by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg that New York City has made the decision to close three more schools in response to increased influenza-like symptoms related to H1N1. I would like to express my deep concern with the evolving situation and applaud the Mayor, Governor and city and state health agencies for their immediate and decisive response.  

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Malcolm's Move...

New York PostMay 20, 2009

A rousing round of applause for Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, who is showing early signs of leader ship in the mayoral-control fight.

Smith has always said he supports renewing City Hall's authority over Gotham's public schools when it expires in June. Now, happily, he has offered a plan that seems to keep it in essentially its current form.

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Senate Approves Members To SUNY, HESC Boards

(Albany, NY) Today, the New York State Senate announced the appointment of four individuals to critical positions on the boards of the State University of New York (SUNY) and the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). In successfully filling these positions, the Senate continues to demonstrate its commitment to a quality, efficient and well-run educational system for all New Yorkers.  

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Sen. Malcolm Smith's Invitation to Online Town Hall on Education

NY State Sen. Malcolm Smith is inviting the citizens of New York to the Senate's first virtual town hall. The town hall will give students, parents and educators an opportunity to obtain information about the proposed plan closing of three Queens high schools and provide an opportunity for community input on the future of the schools.

1st NYS Senate Virtual Town Hall on Education

If you attended, please let us know what you thought below.

Location

Online - Via NYSenate.gov/smitheducationtownhall
Queens, NY
United States
Phone: 1-888-469-3149
40° 44' 59.3664" N, 73° 47' 51.4824" W

Southeast Queens Elected Officials Joint Letter on School Closures

At the end of 2009, the New York City Department of Education announced the proposed phase-out and eventual closure of three high schools in Queens: Beach Channel High School, Business, Computer Applications, and Entrepreneurship High School and Jamaica High School. The Panel for Education Policy(PEP) is scheduled to vote on these matters at their meeting on January 26, 2010.

File: 
SE_Queens_Elected_Officials_Joint_Letter_on_School_Closures.doc[1].pdf

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Statement From Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A. Smith Re: Vote On School Closures

“I am extremely disappointed at the closing of three schools in the borough of Queens without adequate parental input or sufficient opportunity for the community to be heard. It is a tremendous loss for students in Queens and I hope to be able to work with the mayor and chancellor to prevent this from happening again. I also look forward to having new schools open to replace the ones that closed."

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Senate President Malcolm A. Smith And Senator Tom Duane Allocate $7.5 Million In Funding To Support Renovations To Lincoln Center

The funding will go towards costs for the design, architecture and engineering of Alice Tully Hall.

(New York, NY)- Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A. Smith along with Senator Tom Duane presented a $7.5 Million capital funding allocation to  Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to be used for its ongoing redevelopment of the recently renovated Alice Tully Hall.

The check will go towards costs for the design, architecture and engineering of the hall.

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Education Town Hall Follow Up

Thank you to all of those who participated in the New York State Senate's fist ever online Town Hall. Since we're always striving to serve the people of New York better, and this was our first attempt at an event like this, we would appreciate your feedback on how we can improve the experience.