2002-05-11 / Columnists

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Focus On Education: Queens Delegation Meeting In Albany
By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Focus On Education: Queens Delegation Meeting In Albany

At the invitation of Assemblyman Ivan Lafayette and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer the Queens legislators met in Albany with Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey, member of the New York State Board of Regents and Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer has made education one of her top priorities. In addition to sponsoring education bills, the Assemblywoman works on improving education in the district. Each year she sponsors class trips to Albany. During their visit youngsters can see how government works in our state capital. She also makes it a priority to attend graduation ceremonies at our schools (or sends her representative if she is in Albany) and gives citations of merit to youngsters who have excelled in their class. These citations are an important keepsake for the youngster.  It vividly illustrates to them that their educational endeavors are very important.  It encourages them to continue to pursue their academic studies.

Assemblyman Ivan Lafayette, the Dean of the Queens delegation, is very focused on education. He closely monitors and works with the educational professionals to improve the delivery of our educational services. He led the fight to provide universal Pre K for our youngsters. These early educational experiences allow our children to grow and develop as curious and inquisitive learners.

The entire Queens democratic delegation champions the need for our children to be the best that they can be. They genuinely subscribe to the theory of self-actualization. They work everyday to assure that our children have the opportunity to achieve the full development of their personal potential.

There were many different educational topics discussed at the meeting. Standards are a high priority.  We are working to improve the quality of our education so that our citizens can compete in our global economy.

Regent Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey discussed the role of the Office of Professions. The New York State Board of Regents licenses thirty-eight professions. The Office of the Professions works to maintain the highest standards for professionals who are practicing in New York State.

Another topic that was discussed was one initiative advocated by the Board of Regents, which is the implementation of the New Century Libraries (Library, 2002). This program, which would require a significant investment by the state, would create NOVEL - the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library. This would be a foundation for New York's Statewide Digital Library. This would serve the information needs of our citizens from kindergarten through higher education. It would assist educators, business people, the medical profession, researchers and consumers. Through the new libraries we could ensure access to high quality digital and electronic information.  The New Century Libraries would provide comprehensive programs, which would improve library service to all New Yorkers.

Education is a top priority. It opens the door for everyone to be part of the American dream.

We are very fortunate in Queens to have an elected delegation in the NYS legislature that promotes the best possible education. They are working diligently to have our children enjoy full and satisfying lives.

Pictured at the Albany meeting are Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Assemblywoman Vivian Cook, Assemblywoman Michele Titus, Assemblyman Jeff Aubrey, Assemblyman Brian Mc Loughlin, Assemblyman Ivan Lafayette, Assemblywoman Nettie Mayerson, Regent Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey, Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Assemblyman Michael Cohen, Assemblyman Mark Weprin, Assemblywoman Marge Markey, and Senator and Mrs. George Onorato.

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