JOE ROBACH SUPPORTS SEVERAL EDUCATION INITIATIVES DURING LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Joe Robach and the entire New York State Legislature ended the 2012-2013 Legislative session this week.   All around this was a very productive session which resulted in tremendous bi-partisan collaboration. 

The budget, enacted by Joe Robach and the New York State Legislature, included a total of $20.4 billion in aid to education, including an increase in school aid of $805 million – a four percent increase.  Much of the increase is targeted for high needs school districts. Some other education highlights included:

  • The budget achieved regional balance in school aid and ensures that every region of the state is treated fairly and equitably. 
  • For higher education, $27.8 million was included for three SUNY teaching hospitals.
  • Aid to community colleges was increased by $150 per full-time equivalent student for a total of $9.1 million additional funding for CUNY community colleges and $22.1 million for SUNY community colleges.
  • Joe Robach and the Senate successfully fought to include increased support of $7 million in education aid to fund mandates at nonpublic schools.
  • Libraries received an additional $3.6 million in state aid.
  • Legislation to require kindergarten in the Rochester City School District was also passed by both houses (sponsored by Joe Robach).

For more information about educational initiatives passed this Legislative Session, please contact Joe Robach’s office.

JOE ROBACH SUPPORTS MAKING KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION ATTENDANCE MANDATORY

Joe Robach SenateJoe Robach sponsors an education bill which will permit the Rochester City School District to require kindergarten attendance.  Rochester City School District currently provides children a full day kindergarten program in keeping with the numerous studies documenting the educational benefit and related long-term success of early quality education. Unfortunately, too many kindergarten children are absent from school during the year, leaving them without the benefit of this educational experience.

The Rochester Board of Education recently adopted a resolution, supported Joe Robach, recognizing the importance of kindergarten as part of the educational process and requesting the authority to require kindergarten attendance. The resolution notes that, “…. enumerable studies have documented the value to children of beginning the educational process at an early age in order to prepare them for a life of learning, work and active engagement in society.”

Joe Robach’s education legislation, S7519, is designed to address the kindergarten attendance issue in the Rochester City School District by requiring five-year-old children to benefit from the District’s kindergarten initiative for long-term academic success.  A similar provision in Education Law was adopted for the Syracuse City School District 25 years ago.

For more information on this bill or any other education related issue, contact the office of Joe Robach.

JOE ROBACH KNOWS THAT BULLYING CAN AFFECT A CHILD’S EDUCATION

As the internet and online social networks continue to grow, so does the phenomenon known as cyberbullying.  Cyberbullying describes when a child or teenager is harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, threatened or tormented using digital technology.  Joe Robach knows that this type of bullying can have an extreme negative impact on a child’s education and overall wellbeing.  Emotionally, cyberbullying can be very scarring, since it involves threats and humiliation. 

There are some alarming statistics about cyber bullying, such as that 58% of kids report that someone has been hurtful or mean to them online as well as 21 percent of kids report that they’ve received threatening messages.   Most alarming is that some recent studies have shown a strong correlation between bullying and suicide.  Joe Robach believes that you can stop cyberbullying with proactive education.  If you believe that your child may be a victim of cyber bullying, give them these useful tips:

  • Tell someone about it.  Find a trusted adult – either a parent or a teacher- and report the incident.
  • Do not delete the bully’s messages.  Save them somewhere on your computer or cell phone where they are easily accessible, should they need evidence of wrongdoing. 
  • Do not open messages from others that have sent you previous bullying messages.  If you receive a message from someone you know that is cyberbullying, ignore it.
  • Block cyberbullies who attack you during chats and other social media.
    Never agree to see someone you met online in person, without talking to or bringing a trusted adult. 

For more information about cyberbullying or other things that can impact a child’s education, contact Joe Robach’s office.