Workforce Development & Education Committee - News and Notes
Staff Contact: Amber L. Mooney
December 28, 2017
Signed by the Governor 12/18/17
Chapter #458 - Approval Memo #34
S.3789 (Phillips) / A.1956 (Bronson) -- Will publish a catalogue of workforce development funding programs, tax credits and annual outcomes. This catalogue would include annually updated information on the purpose of the funding programs, federally assisted programs, governing statutes and regulations, eligibility requirements, any special restrictions, flow of funds, any matching requirements, two years’ of historical fiscal data, program contact information, and most importantly, data on the outcomes and effectiveness of the program. The Business Council Supports.
Vetoed by the Governor 12/18/17 - Veto Memo #213
S.5891 (Klein) / A.7697 (Pichardo) -- Clarifies that the newly enacted Enhanced Tuition Assistance (ETA) awards are for students attending all private degree granting institutions of higher education in New York, including fully accredited, degree granting proprietary colleges, on the same basis as other New York grant and scholarship programs, such as TAP. The Business Council Supports.
The New York State Education Department (SED) received feedback from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) last week on the State’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan. In the response letter, USDE seeks clarification on a number of items including; testing for English Language Learners, academic achievement indicators, the Career and College Readiness Indicator (CCRI), and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
While SED views the majority of these items as clarification issues, they may make amendments to a number of sections based on the feedback they received including:
- The way the state uses Performance Indices (PI-1 & PI-2) for the Academic Achievement Indicator;
- How regents exams in middle schools are used as a replacement for grade-level assessments;
- The Career, College, and Civic Readiness Indicator so that it includes alternative diplomas;
- Including academic achievement goals for students who are a part of prevention and intervention programs for children and youth who are neglected, delinquent or at-risk;
- Preparing and improving college readiness counseling for homeless youth.
SED has to respond by January 3, 2018 with clarification to the plan, and is expected to receive approval of the State’s plan by January 16, 2018.
Moving forward with the implementation of the plan, the Business Council is supportive of efforts to increase access to advanced coursework for all students, and will continue to advocate for schools to use the Career, College and Civic Readiness Indicator as a tool to demonstrate their commitment to student success post high school. We will also continue to partner with the NYS ESSA Coalition to make sure that New York State’s ESSA plan delivers its promise of equity to all of New York’s students.
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