Joe Robach Applauds Education Oppurtunity for Young Women at UofR

Senator Joe Robach applauded an opportunity for education enhancement for young women at the University of Rochester. The college is hosting a pre-college experience in physics to encourage the participation of women in science. From July 8th to July 31st those students who are accepted will learn about the “laws of physics” and engineering through team projects; develop laboratory skills and familiarity with lab equipment; investigate how physics concepts relate to real life; interact with scientist in a range of fields and careers; and have fun with other women interested in science.

The PREP (Pre-College Experience in Physics) program offers a unique exploration of the world of science. our philosophy is to inspire greater confidence and understanding in your future encounters with high school physics and open avenues to further science careers. PREP is designed for students attending local high schools with no prior experience in physics. Participants gain first hand knowledge of college life, with guests from University faculty, visits to some of the U of R’s research facilities, a campus tour, a meeting with an admissions counselors.

There is no fee for this program. Applicants should currently be in grade 9 or 10. This is a commuter program and participants are responsible of their own transportation and lunch. Space is limited to only 24 students. Application materials are due April 30th. The program is directed by Prof. Steven Manly. For more information contact Connie Jones at 275-5306 or visit

Joe Robach Attends Rochester City School District Latino Parent Conference on Education

Last week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach had the privilege to speak at the Rochester City School District Latino Parent Conference. More than 200 parents took part in this first-ever event. Senator Robach thanked the committee for putting on such a great and important event for parents and families in the community and also thanked them for their special recognition and plaque during the conference.

For the parents of students in the Rochester City School District offered a parental conference in Spanish. Almost 200 parents signed up this conference, where they went over information aimed to help them encourage their children to succeed in school.

“There’s no reason why a parent should not be able to receive the support that they need, regardless of whether they speak English or not,” District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas explained.

Vargas says bilingual staff are available to help Latino parents. Vargas’s message for student achievement is a three pronged approach that translates to all parents. He said, students need to attend class, do their homework and receive discipline from home.

“The Latino population in the city is very unique population and we want to give them the support that they need,” Vargas said.

According to the latest census numbers, Rochester’s Hispanic population is at 16.4 percent. “This is a very important conference because this is the first time it has been done. An all Spanish conference,” Ibero Action League President, Hilda Rosario told local media. Hilda Rosario was honored in 2012 as a women of distinction for 2012 in the 56th Senate District by Senator Joe Robach.

Senator Robach Votes for Key Education Reforms in NYS Budget

In this year’s 2013-2014 budget supported by Rochester Senator Joe Robach key education reforms were enacted ensuring that New York State continues to lead the nation by creating a world-class education system that works to prepare our New York’s students for the future.

Senator Robach has joined Governor Cuomo in his commitment to transforming our state’s education system into one that focuses on improving student performance and increasing school accountability. Critical to this effort was last year’s success in establishing a statewide teacher evaluation system that is one of the strongest in the nation and which has become even stronger with an agreement this year to ensure that all schools institute permanent systems.

This year’s budget includes an increase of nearly $1 billion in education aid that continues to hold schools accountable for student achievement. Education reforms in the budget include:
• Full day pre-k: Recognizing that quality early education is critical for long-term success and that children who attend full-day pre-k often outperform their peers, the budget provides funding for full-day pre-k targeted toward higher need students.
• Extended School Day and School Year Programs: Our country lags behind in terms of how much time is spent in the classroom. To ensure we have a globally competitive education system, New York’s budget supports high-quality, extended learning time for our students.
• Community Schools: The budget supports an innovative program designed to transform schools in distressed communities into community hubs that integrate social, health and other services, as well as after-school programming to provide much-needed support to students and their families.
• Reward High-Performing Teachers: To improve results and incentivize high-performance, the budget implements a program that will offer $15,000 in annual stipends for four years to the most effective teachers beginning with math and science teachers.
• Increased Standards for Teacher Certifications: To ensure the best and brightest are teaching our children, the State Education Department will increase the standards for teacher certification to require passage of a “bar exam” as well as longer, high-quality student-teaching experiences conducted in school settings.
• Early College High School Programs: To improve college access and success, the budget provides new state funding to expand Early College High School programs.