Joe Robach supported education legislation by joining his colleagues in the New York State Senate to take a historic step to unanimously override Governor Andrew Cuomo’s veto of legislation expanding full-day kindergarten opportunities to school districts that currently only offer half-day kindergarten programs. The legislation (S700B) was vetoed in April and helps to ensure that all children have access to a quality educational foundation by providing additional funding to school districts with half-day programs so they can more easily transition to full-day programs. Joe Robach’s support of this education legislation and vote was the first attempted override of a veto executed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“As a State Legislator, one of my top priorities has always been ensuring our schools and students have the resources they need to succeed and have a positive experience in the classroom. Providing full-day kindergarten is essential to the future success of our students, and this legislation will help those district transitioning to full-day programs have better outcomes,” said Senator Joe Robach in support of this education policy.
Though the number of half-day kindergarten programs statewide is significantly fewer than past years, the state’s current aid program has yet to ensure that every kindergarten program in New York is full-day. There are five districts in the state that currently don’t offer full-day kindergarten programs – Shenendehowa, Brighton, Pittsford, Washingtonville, and North Rockland – and while some districts are in the process of transitioning, this bill would help ensure resources are in place to help them achieve full-day kindergarten. The districts would be provided with varying levels of additional state assistance over a period of five years.
According to the National Education Association, research demonstrates that full-day kindergarten classes: show greater reading and mathematics gains than those in half-day classes; produce long-term educational gains, especially for low-income and minority students; offer social, emotional and intellectual benefits to kindergartners. Also, five-year-olds are more than ready for the longer school day, and do better in a setting that allows them to learn and explore activities in depth.
Despite these findings, Governor Cuomo vetoed the bill on April 18, 2018.
The bill will now go to the Assembly for override consideration.
Senator Joe Robach supports education in his district in a variety of ways. Most recently, Joe Robach supported education by joining his colleagues in the Senate Majority to advocate for an increase in library aid in the 2018-19 State Budget.
“Whether it is Children’s Story Time, Adult Continuing Education courses or any of the other programs they offer, libraries continue to be an invaluable resource and gathering place for residents throughout our community. I am pleased to continue to support their services and the people who depend their amenities and programs,” Joe Robach stated in support of education and libraries.
Joe Robach has been a proud supporter of education and libraries throughout his tenure in the state Senate. Over the last several years, he has helped lead the way to restore library aid during the budget process and has continued to fight for our libraries’ fair share.
Senator Joe Robach has also been proud to help deliver multiple state grants to libraries in the 56th district, helping them modernize and provide the best services and amenities for their patrons. Joe Robach pledges to continue to fight for fair library funding throughout the 2018 budget process.
Joe Robach supports education and was proud to honor Veterans’ Day by partnering with Time Warner Cable, The History Channel and the Brockport Central School District to host Take a Vet to School Day. This is a nationwide cable initiative that links veterans of all ages with young people in our schools and communities.
On November 13, Brockport’s Oliver Middle School students assembled to listen to the experiences of several local veterans. The panel of veterans will discuss their service during wartime and what it is like to be in the armed forces. There will be veterans representing different branches of the service as well as different times in history. Senator Robach will serve as the moderator for the event.
In support of this education initiative, Senator Robach stated “This is a great program that brings local veterans to our schools to share their stories and experiences with students. We were fortunate to have a great group of panelists, all from the Brockport community. It is because of our veterans that we have the privilege to choose a career, pursue an education and enjoy the basic freedoms that so many take for granted every day. There is no more important way to learn about our history than by hearing firsthand accounts from the brave individuals who have served.”
Senator Joe Robach was proud to support education legislation, which passed the New York State Senate in a bi-partisan vote, that will benefit students, parents and teachers across the State. Joe Robach supported and championed these education reforms, along with his Senate colleagues, which were also passed by the Assembly and enacted into law by the Governor.
“These reforms are good for parents, good for teachers and most importantly, good for our children. I’m always eager to join my colleagues in government when it comes to looking at ways we can improve our education system, this legislation will ensure that our schools will remain a vibrant and rewarding place for our children to grow, learn and thrive,” said Joe Robach in support of education in New York State.
Joe Robach supported the education reforms in this legislation, including:
• Empowering parents and teachers by directing the State Education Department to release test questions and the corresponding correct answers back to the teachers by June 1 each year, ensuring greater accountability and transparency in testing.
• Helping students by enacting new measures to ensure that state exams in grades 3 through 8 are grade- and time-appropriate.
• Protecting teachers by establishing in the education law a requirement that SED must consider student characteristics as factors in the calculation of a teacher’s student growth scores.
During the 2015 Legislative Session, Joe Robach was pleased to continue his strong support of providing affordable higher education for all New Yorkers.
Joe Robach knows that a great education is the key that can open the door to greater opportunities for all of our children. That’s why Joe Robach supported investing in New York’s higher education system and helped lead the successful effort to ensuring strong support for tuition assistance programs, public and private universities, and community colleges across the State.
Joe Robach supported this education initiative, saying “The cost of a college degree seems to be increasing every year, every opportunity must be made by students and their parents to meet their required expenses. With this additional funding, we can help provide more New York students with the opportunity to earn a college degree, something that is critically important in today’s economy and work environment.”
Specific elements include:
• Increased Support for Community Colleges: Full-time equivalent (FTE) funding was increased by $100. Base aid will be $2,597 per FTE for the 2015-16 Fiscal Year. This represents a $20 million increase for SUNY and CUNY community colleges combined.
• Tuition Assistance: We increased funding for TAP by $45 million from last year, helping thousands of young New Yorkers afford a quality higher education.
• New Scholarships: We also established a new merit scholarship program, with 5,000 eligible students to receive $500 scholarships.
New York State Senator Joe Robach announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $2,500 scholarships, which will be awarded in June at their Annual Legislative Conference Day. Joe Robach’s support of this education scholarship has been constant since it was first offered.
“Given the high costs of college, every opportunity must be made by students and their families to meet their required expenses with scholarships, student loans, financial aid and personal contributions,” said Robach. “Our conference is very proud of our role in promoting higher education and assisting students in reaching their academic goals and full potential for future success.”
This year, the Italian-American State Legislators Conference will be awarding four $2,500 scholarships to four current or future college students from New York State. Eligibility will be based upon the student’s grade point average, interest in pursuing a higher education, involvement in the local community as well as individual financial need. Joe Robach is proud to support high school students in his district who apply for this education scholarship.
The Conference is a bipartisan organization of New York State Assembly and Senate members who are actively involved in promoting and celebrating the state’s Italian-American community. The Conference mission is to work hard to elevate and highlight Italian-American contributions to the State of New York and beyond, in all aspects of society, including literature, the arts, architecture and politics. The conference also tries to dispel negative stereotypes of Italian-Americans.
Joe Robach supports education opportunities for hard working students and believes this scholarship can help them on their path to a college degree. Students may request an application by contacting Senator Robach’s office at (585) 225-3650 or Robach@nysenate.gov, or by downloading the application at www.robach.nysenate.gov.
Recently, Senator Joe Robach supported education by proudly teaming with Time Warner Cable, the History Channel and the Gates Chili and Greece Central School Districts to bring Take a Vet to School Day to Gates Chili High School and Greece Athena Middle School. This nationwide program gives students of all ages the chance to hear stories of service and sacrifice from area veterans.
Joe Robach supported this education initiative that gave students firsthand learning experiences and lessons in American history. This year, veterans volunteered their time to share their stories with students at Gates Chili and Greece Athena. Each veteran had the opportunity to tell the students what serving our nation has meant to him and the valuable lessons they learned in sacrifice. Following the introductions, students were given the opportunity to ask the veterans about their personal experiences, what war was like or why they gave up years of their youth to defend our nation.
“This nationwide event brings veterans into the classroom to share their firsthand experiences in the armed forces and combat, and gives the students a better understanding of the sacrifices our veterans make to protect our country and our freedoms.” said Senator Joe Robach.
Joe Robach looks forward to continuing to support various educational programs, like Take a Vet to School Day, in hopes of enhancing the classroom experience for students throughout the community.
“I truly hope the students know how fortunate they are to have had this opportunity to learn from our veterans, and most importantly, hear about the sacrifices they’ve made so we can enjoy all the freedoms we take for granted on a daily basis,” Robach concluded.
As a tireless support of access to higher education, Joe Robach applauded recent news that New York State has been awarded a $22.4 million Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant by the U.S. Department of Education, to help low-income and at-risk students receive college readiness preparation and support beginning in seventh grade and continuing through high school. The State was additionally awarded a seventh year of funding to further support students in the program through their first year of college.
“I have always valued education and higher education, and truly believe that having a college degree can open so many doors of opportunity for our younger generations. Given the high costs of college, this education funding will help those who might not otherwise have the means of working towards a college degree and better them for their future,” said Joe Robach in support education funding from GEAR UP.
Targeting middle school students from districts with low high-school graduation rates, the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program will raise students’ awareness of college and financial aid options, increase participation in academically challenging coursework, and support them through completion of their college freshman year.
Participating school districts will also have the opportunity to count their students among the thousands who prepare for high skills jobs of the future through the NYS Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools program – which combines high school, college and career training focused on the knowledge and skills students need for science, technology, engineering and math careers, targeted to at-risk, disadvantaged students.
As a member of the Senate committees on Education and Higher Education, Joe Robach supports educational opportunities for those looking to further their careers and improve their lives. This grant funding will help many people who might not otherwise have the resources available to do so.
Detailed information about NYGEAR UP is available at HESC.ny.gov/NYGEAR UP.
With the 2014-2015 school year recently underway, Joe Robach is proud to be an active supporter of education and the Rochester City School District. That’s why he was on hand to help re-open one of the City of Rochester’s oldest schools, which had undergone a multimillion dollar transformation.
A week before the start of school, students, teachers, parents and school administrators convened at the John Williams School #5 on North Plymouth Avenue in the City of Rochester to celebrate its grand re-opening.
School #5 is a newly rebuilt school that serves grades pre-K through 6 and was originally built in 1926. Joe Robach was pleased to discuss the importance of education as one of the distinguished speakers at the official ribbon cutting ceremony.
“This transformation and remodeling will provide a better learning environment for School #5 students and teachers, all in a state of the art facility,” said Robach. “This facility is as good as any that I’ve seen in the Rochester area, it’s now up to you to put in the work to ensure you get the most out of your education,” he concluded.
This project was part of Phase I of the Rochester City School District Modernization Program, which Senator Robach was proud to support and sponsor in the State Senate. Phase I invested millions of dollars into aging Rochester City School District buildings to make them more energy efficient, environmentally friendly and more conducive to new learning standards.
Joe Robach, of the NYS Senate, announced today that he would again be organizing a back to school drive to help support local education needs. From now until September 30th, Joe Robach will be collecting both school/education supplies and back packs to be donated to the Greece Ecumenical Closet as well as to students in the City of Rochester.
Items can be dropped off to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet (500 Maiden Lane in Greece) or Joe Robach’s Senate office (2300 West Ridge Road). Items that are needed include: Backpacks, Pens and Pencils, Rulers, Lined Papers, Notepads, Folders, Post It Notes, Calculators, Glue Sticks and Highlighters.
Joe Robach, a member of the Senate Education Committee, said “ It is so important that we support our local students’ education needs in every way. I hope that residents will consider donating supplies to help our children prepare for school.
For more information on Joe Robach school supplies drive, please visit his Senate office.