Joe Robach recently introduced a bill to the Senate Education Committee.  Senate bill S. 704 is an act to amend the education law, in relation to reimbursement for transportation costs for universal prekindergarten students under certain circumstances. 

This bill will allow school districts who are able to generate significant reductions in reimbursable transportation through employment of a variety of efficient practices to reinvest a portion of the savings to provide State Education Department reimbursable transportation to pupils enrolled in universal Pre-Kindergarten programs (UPK).

Joe Robach supports this education bill is because Pre-kindergarten Programs (UPK) provide opportunities for young children to participate in challenging, stimulating programs, designed to support their language, cognitive and social development while being sensitive to their strengths and needs.

Districts like the Rochester City School District have goals to enroll every four year old child within the District in UPK. To some extent, the lack of access to transportation for parents and students is a barrier to achieving this goal. And in some districts, getting to the UPK program can be exceptionally hazardous and/or unsafe, especially for children of this age.  Joe Robach wants all children that are trying to obtain their education to be safe.

State policy should provide incentives to districts to develop economies in transportation policy which conserve precious natural resources. By permitting districts who achieve at least 5% savings in year over year transportation costs to retain 60% of the savings to develop a reimbursable transportation program for UPK students, an appropriate balance of incentives and affordability is achieved which will save energy AND safely transport our most precious resources, our children.  Joe Robach believes this is an important education initiative.

For more information on this education bill, contact the Office of Joe Robach.


Joe Robach will introduce legislation in the upcoming 2013 Legislative Session that will amend the education law, in relation to admission into institutions of higher education for pupils receiving home instruction or a non-public school program. This education bill, sponsored by Joe Robach, amends the education law by adding a new section 312-a which will establish fair practices for home school applicants. Joe Robach understands how important it is for families to have education options for their children.

Joe Robach is sponsoring this legislation because home schooling restrictions in New York State create many difficulties for those home schooling parents and their students who wish to advance to institutions of higher education. In effect, these restrictions undermine the validity of home schooling and serve to discrimination against a legitimate educational choice. While there are other measures which attempt to simplify New York State home schooling regulations in order to reduce home schooling administrative burdens, this bill establishes fair practices for those home schooled applicants who seek admittance into institutions of higher education.

Recently, a student at the Monroe County Community College — who was only a semester away from receiving his degree — had his admission revoked because he was home schooled for his high school education. This education bill, sponsored by Joe Robach would ensure that a situation like that would not happen again, and at the same time it would strengthen the legitimacy of home schooling.

Joe Robach believes that this education legislation will be beneficial to families who decide to home school their children.

For more information on this education legislation, please contact the Office of Joe Robach.


On Monday, November 26th, Joe Robach attended the groundbreaking for a new education building at The Harley School. The new building is dedicated to environmental education and sustainability.

The $3 million project features a state-of-the-art “living building” called “Chesonis Commons.”

It will be home to three new educational resources at the school, including the Briggs Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Mindfulness and Empathy Education, and a state-of-the-art Science Center. It will be the first K-12 education space in the country to offer students multiple dimensions of education around creating a sustainable future.

The structure will generate its own energy, heat and cool with renewable nontoxic resources, capture and utilize water and carbon in its greenhouse, and operate efficiently using students to manage its operations.

The project was paid for with a $1 million gift from the Chesonis Family Foundation, as well as fundraising and donations to The Harley School. Chesonis Commons is expected to be complete by September 2013.

The Harley School was founded in 1917, and is an independent school in Rochester that offers a college preparatory program for approximately 500 students in Nursery through Grade 12. The rigorous academic programs and exceptional fine arts curriculum are coupled with unique offerings (hospice, glass making, boat building, organic farming, chess, robotics), a commitment to community service, the creative process and a nurturing environment for students. The School is committed to diversity and the education of students in a global perspective.

For more education information, contact the Office of Joe Robach.