A bill introduced in late November by freshman Sen. Rachel May, D-Syracuse, would compel the state Commissioner of Education to make recommendations to the Board of Regents regarding the implementation of a climate change curriculum in state senior high schools.
While the latest New York state budget increases education funding by $1 billion, advocacy groups are criticizing a failure to adequately ensure equitable education funding across all school districts.
It was at Howard University that the Sen. Kamala Harris' political identity began to take shape. Thirty-three years after she graduated in 1986, the university in the nation's capital, one of the country's most prominent historically black institutions, also serves as a touchstone in a campaign in which political opponents have questioned the authenticity of her black identity.
"I reference often my days at Howard to help people understand they should not make assumptions about who black people are," Harris said in a recent interview.
A new law will allow for a brief moment of silence in public schools across the state at the beginning of the school day every September 11th — “to encourage dialogue and education in the classroom, and to ensure future generations have an understanding of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks and their place in history.”
The state Senate Committee on Higher Education will hold a series of public hearings across the state to discuss the cost of public higher education, financial aid programs, state support, TAP/GAP, student borrowing and other challenges to affordability and accessibility.