Education and Workforce Development Committee Update
November 22, 2013
The Business Council supports the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), which were adopted by the New York State Board of Regents in January 2011. The CCLS include the internationally-benchmarked Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which provide clear expectations of what students should know in every grade, along with additional material that is exclusive to New York.
The CCLS will help ensure that students are graduating from high school with the skills necessary to be successful in college and the workforce. The Business Council strongly encourages members to sign on to an open letter in support of the CCLS.
The following bills are related to education or workforce development, and may be of interest or concern.
- S.1325 (Montgomery) / A.8147 (Clark) – Prohibits school districts from entering into certain telecommunications contracts
- S.5966 (Valeksy) / A.8189 (Brindisi) – Establishes a career and technical education diploma
- A.8216 (Sepulveda) – Requires state ed. to provide a report on workforce projections and education credential production.
- A.8217 (Sepulveda) – Establishes the pathways for academic career and employment program for dislocated workers and the gap tuition assistance program.
- A.8256 (Rosenthal) – Establishes a Common Core State Standards evaluation task force.
- S.5934 (DeFrancisco) – Creates the urban science, technology, engineering and math (U-STEM) mentor volunteer program and offers tax credits to participating businesses.
- S.1875 (Addabbo) / A.1522 (Thiele) – Amends education law to make services available to “twice-exceptional” pupils (those students capable of high performance who have a disability).
- S.1874(Addabbo) / A.1524 (Thiele) – Requires teachers to be trained in the education of twice-exceptional pupils.
- S.3389 (Addabbo) /A4745 (Thiele) – Requires every school district to establish a “gifted and talented” program.