Timothy M. Kennedy's posts related to Education

Senator Kennedy Urges State Education Department to Move Swiftly on Cantalician Center Expansion Application

State Education Department has put a freeze on applications in process, which could force displacement of hundreds of local students with severe disabilities.

State Ed says it will consider exceptions to their freeze on application approvals; Kennedy pushes for Cantalician Center to receive exception and swift approval of expansion. 

Kennedy: State Ed Can’t Let Student Learning Get Stuck in Bureaucratic Red Tape


Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Urge State Education to Keep COMMUNITY Charter School Open

COMMUNITY Charter School is up for charter renewal in June 2013; Decision over whether or not to renew set to be made December 10. 

Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes highlight the school’s rebound and steady progress following the adoption of their School Improvement Plan. 

Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes: Our Community Matters. Give COMMUNITY the Opportunity to Complete their Comeback.  


Senator Kennedy Urges Cheektowaga School Boards to Approve Plans to Examine Cost-Savings, Consolidation Opportunities

About 150 residents attended information meeting Monday on regional funding fairness and consolidations.

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Cheektowaga, is urging the school boards of the four Cheektowaga districts – Cheektowaga Central, Cheektowaga-Sloan, Cleveland Hill and Maryvale – to approve plans to begin the process of studying potential cost savings through mergers, consolidations or sharing of services. Each individual board will consider a resolution to jointly pursue state grant funding for a consolidation study at their upcoming meetings.


Senator Kennedy Announces State Funding Boost for WNY Schools, Local Highways

Kennedy says all Erie County school districts combined will see a state aid increase of over $35 million and county roads will receive nearly 20 percent more than last year.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo announced that more state funds will be headed to Western New York to enrich our schools and repair local roads. Kennedy said the state is investing about an additional $1 billion in schools across New York. The state budget also targets $438 million to repair local roads and bridges, which represents the first increase in local highway aid in five years.


Kennedy-Cosponsored Bill That Ensures Parents are Notified of Sex Offenders Living Near Schools Passes Senate; Senator Kennedy Urges Assembly to Approve This Important Legislation

The Kennedy-cosponsored legislation will require school districts to notify parents of sex offenders living within the district in an effort to help keep children and families safe from predators. 

Now that the bill has passed through the Senate with bi-partisan support, Kennedy is urging his Assembly colleagues to pass the bill as well.

Kennedy: With nearly 1,300 sex offenders living in our community, this legislation ensures parents have the knowledge they need to help keep their children safe.


Senator Kennedy Urges State Education Department to Reform Regulations for Student-Athletes with Disabilities

State Ed guideline may block local student-athlete David Gorczynski from running cross country for his fourth and final year on his Orchard Park High School team.

Kennedy writes to State Education Commissioner urging a change to their policy to allow students with disabilities to participate in high school athletics all four years.

Kennedy: State Education Department Should Reform their Guidelines and Allow David Gorczynski to Cross the Finish Line


Senator Kennedy Commends Collective Efforts to Keep Pinnacle Students in their School

Students will return to their school this year after Buffalo Public Schools agree to accept proposal to annex Pinnacle to an existing school in district. 

After hearing reports of closure, Senator Kennedy joined parents in urging NYSED to find ways to keep the school open.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is commending the collective efforts that ensured Pinnacle Charter School students are allowed to return to their school for the start of the academic year. NYSED had informed students’ parents that they ordered the school to close Sunday, barely a week before the start of classes. Since then, parents and students have been fighting NYSED’s decision and working to keep the school open.


Smarter Schools Reform: Make Your Voice Heard

Senator Tim Kennedy is encouraging you to make your voice heard on the future of our schools. If you're concerned about the impact of high-stakes testing, you should share your thoughts in space below. If you have ideas for smarter schools reform, please share your input.

All concerns and input will be thoroughly reviewed and taken into consideration as Senator Kennedy works with his colleagues in state government to push for smart school reform. 

Senator Kennedy will be joined by Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Senator George Maziarz and the Partnership for Smarter Schools to host the Summit for Smarter Schools on Wednesday, October 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall. 

Kennedy, Ryan Announce Upcoming ‘Summit for Smarter Schools’ as First Step in Pursuit of Smarter School Reform

WNY lawmakers want reform of high-stakes testing of young children, look to community for input. 

Kennedy, Ryan, Maziarz to host summit October 2 at Kleinhans, bringing together diverse stakeholders to hold substantive discussion of potential reforms for smarter schools across region and state. 


Senator Kennedy, University at Buffalo Present School Supplies to Highgate Heights Elementary

UB held university-wide school supply drive to benefit schools throughout Western New York.  

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, joined officials from the University at Buffalo and Councilmember Bonnie Russell’s office to present new school supplies – which were gathered during a university-wide school supply drive – to students and teachers at Highgate Heights Elementary School in Buffalo.

As part of Highgate Heights’ Back to School event last week, Senator Kennedy and UB officials helped students, teachers and their families celebrate the start of the new school year by dropping off a large volume and wide assortment of needed supplies.