“Putting Students First”: Education Reform Commission Report Released
Richard Parsons, Chair of the NY Education Reform Commission, released a 92-page Preliminary Action Plan entitled “Putting Students First,”
which puts forth a central goal of improving the “education pipeline” in New York State. Among the recommendations are:
- full day pre-K programs in highest-needs districts
- increases in length and number of school days
- expanded technical training to enhance the connection of high school, college and careers
A final Action Plan is expected in September 2013.
Click to view the entire report here
Families Together in New York to Hold Legislative Awareness Day
Families Together in New York (FTNY) is a non-profit organization that provides information, services and support to families of children and youth with social, emotional and behavioral challenges. On February 12, FTNY will hold its 2013 State Legislative Awareness Day
in Albany at the Convention Center, Empire State Plaza. For details, click here
School is a Family Activity
February 18-22 is National PTA’s Take Your Family to School Week
. For the first time, this event will have a theme, “Safety at Home and at Play.”
NPTA is also making toolkits available with tips to help groups conduct events and activities for Take Your Family to School Week
and resources to raise awareness of the greatest safety risks and ways to achieve safer behaviors.
NPTA is also offering 100 grants of $500 each to local PTAs as a way to encourage and recognize engagement of families in their schools. For details, click here
New Health Laws in Effect for 2013New Protections for Domestic Violence Victims
(S7638) – A law designed to protect victims’ health care and insurance information. As of the first of the year, victims of domestic violence who seek medical and/or mental health services and use their health insurance to pay for them can designate alternative contact information so they may receive health insurance correspondence in a safe location of their own choosing.Ban on Electronic Cigarettes for Minors
(S2926B) – A law prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes to youth under the age of 18.Student Health Care
(S7314A) – A law that allows eligible private and public colleges and universities in New York State to self-insure for their students’ health insurance needs. A college or university that self-insures can design its own plan to best serve students and reduce administrative costs.
For more information, click here
2012 in Review
The US Health and Human Services Agency
has developed a brief Year in Review Video
. It includes information on the Affordable Care Act and response to Hurricane Sandy.
The EPA Works to Help NYS
The EPA has awarded $25,000 to the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York
to work with people in Buffalo to reduce air pollution and to support local air sampling
The EPA has awarded nearly $25,000 to the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
to improve water quality in Peekskill, NY
The EPA Environmental Justice Grant
will help train Syracuse residents about how to reduce asthma attacks and protect against lead poising
Resolve to Win a 2013 AF&PA Recycling Award!
Any business, school or community paper recycling program could win a 2013 American Forest & Paper Association Recycling Award
. The rewards are a cash prize, local and national visibility, a feature on the paperrecycles.org
website, and bragging rights for your successful paper recovery efforts. Schools have the opportunity to submit students' artwork related to recycling, the best of which will appear in future AF&PA promotions and educational materials.
Award criteria, deadlines and entry forms are available on paperrecycles.org
, along with paper recovery statistics, classroom resources, and case studies of previous award-winning programs. The deadline for award entries is February 15, 2013.