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SEPTA Board Member Forgets ...

"Most of you like myself moved to Long Island because public education is far better than where we came from.  For me, it was Queen's.
I have always said we need to pay more attention to our local election because this has an immediate impact on our wallets.  This upcoming election will certainly affect our wallet (higher taxes to support all the cuts in school aids) if Long Island loses control in the Senate.  Please see below [here]:

Thanks, Barbara"

The writer, Barbara Reynolds, is a supporter of Republican State Senator Jack Martins. I am a supporter of Democrat Adam Haber.  We both love and respect our community, but one of us is forgetting about where we came from. I came from South Jamaica, Queens. My mom moved us out to Elmont for a better quality education. I agree with my fellow neighbor about Long Island schools being better.

My candidate Adam Haber believes that all children across New York, especially on Long Island deserve a good quality PUBLIC education.  Adam comes from a family of teachers, turned around Roslyn schools and will fight for Long Island every day.

Martins has his four children in private school and wanted tax breaks for private schools that would take away from public education. Martins also voted for Universal Pre-k for NYC but not for us! Actions speak louder than words.

If Martins is about quality public education on Long Island, why is he accepting campaign contributions from one of the biggest funders of charter schools, which are designed to take money away from public schools. So, I ask my fellow neighbor, if you moved out to Long Island for a better quality education, how DO you support a candidate who takes money away from our children. If you ask me...that’s not someone I want representing my child.

Pro-Charter School Groups Shore Up Martins

“Two groups funded by wealthy supporters of charter schools continued to spend heavily in contested Senate races over the weekend.”

“A second group, New Yorkers for a Balanced Albany, reported spending $120,397 in ad production for the Long Island race between Sen. Jack Martins and Democrat Adam Haber.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 October 2014 03:40 )

Why School Districts should reject Jack Martins’ Fund Balance Argument

When Senator Martins attacked the Roslyn School Board for maintaining a substantial reserve fund, he essentially showed his hand.  His argument is an old one – “Public school districts have too much money.”

His argument resonates among those of us who no longer have children in public schools and those of us who find it more and more difficult to keep up with the fees, fines and taxes Nassau County dreams up.   But to the parents of school-aged children who cannot afford private schools, his argument should ring hollow.  These parents must ask themselves this question, “What if something happens to my child’s school building and there is no reserve fund to address the immediate and unforeseen problem?”

In 2003, residents of the Sewanhaka School District were taken aback to learn that the roof (ceiling) on Sewanhaka High School tumbled down into a science classroom as class was in session.  Had it not been for reserve funds, the Sewanhaka District may have had to float a bond, wait a year to increase the budget, or worse - cut student services to fund the emergency roof repair.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 October 2014 04:19 )

Oh, but the children

IMG 1029Many of us may believe from the popular mythology that incumbent NYS Senator Jack Martins funds local schools in educationally meaningful ways. In fact Senator Martins allocated grant money totaling less than 1 percent of the annual budgets for the Sewanhaka Central High School District and the Elmont School Districts combined! Yes – this is true, but you wouldn’t know it if you talked with the boards of education and administrators for those districts. In fact, if you walk the taxpayer funded halls of Dutch Broadway School or use the track at Elmont Memorial High School you may be led to believe that Senator Martins singlehandedly funds the buildings.

For several months, the halls at Dutch Broadway Elementary School were adorned with photographs of Jack Martins as he took advantage of Dr. King’s birthday and the parents and children of our community in January, Blackish History if you will. At Elmont Memorial High School, the extraordinary large green and white on black sign emblazoned with bold print “Jack Martins” greets students and health conscious community residents as they use the athletic field and track. Interestingly, there are no such brazen signs erected on public property at other schools within the Sewanhaka District or the other towns falling under Martin's constituency.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 October 2014 03:55 )

Letter to the Editor

It has been my distinct pleasure to have known and worked with Adam Haber over these past several years as Trustees of the Roslyn Board of Education. Adam has a positive energy with visionary ideas and practical solutions. Our school District has benefited from his perspectives and tenacity for striving for what is best and beneficial to all in our Community. To say the least, he gets things done!
Adam has a proven record of success in his professional career. But to me, it is his sense and sensitivity to critical issues facing Nassau County that make him uniquely qualified to serve as our next State Senator of the 7th District. He brings people along for a productive and meaningful journey. As an example, immediately following the devastation of SANDY, he along with his friends from ALL HANDS (an International Disaster Relief Organization) swiftly mobilized our community to collect food, clothing, medical, school and cleaning supplies for those suffering on our South Shore.  Together, with his direction so much was accomplished, and those of us that participated gained a higher level of appreciation for what we have. He has helped to make me a better citizen, School Board member and Community volunteer.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 July 2014 04:55 )
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Barbara Reynolds is a Long Island Regional PTA Board Member and recently installed SEPTA (Special Education Parent Teacher Association) Board Member.  She sent the quoted email to a list of residents and parents shortly after being installed as SEPTA board member.
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