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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InternShop is a FREE benefit for Business Council members that connects students seeking internship opportunities to Business Council members across the State. Our custom developed platform allows students to search internship postings from member businesses and businesses to search for interns from over 70 colleges and universities in New York State.
Members of The Business Council can create an account on www.internshop.bcnys.org. For questions, please contact Amber Mooney or Liz Mancini.
LOCATION CHANGE - GAC Meeting & 2018 Legislator's Reception
Please note that we have changed the location for our January 22 Government Affairs Committee Meeting and our 2018 Legislators’ Reception. We will hold all of the events at the Albany Capital Center, at 55 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207.
The GAC meeting will address the FY 2019 Executive Budget, state impact of and response to Federal tax reform, and pending changes in JCOPE lobby rules. All Business Council members are welcome to attend. We as that participants pre-register here. For information on the GAC meeting, please contact Ken Pokalsky, direct dial 518-694-4460 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Likewise, please join us for our 2018 Legislators’ Reception, Monday evening, January 22, 2018. This is the premier networking event for our members and we always have a large and diverse crowd of Board Members, general members, legislators and staff, and administration officials. We ask all attendees to preregister here; and check here for sponsorship opportunities.
We have a limited block of rooms at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Albany Downtown, 74 State Street, Albany. Reservations can be made online by clicking here or by calling 518.434.7410 and identify yourself as part of the Business Council of NY. Please note that to obtain the special rate of $144/night reservations must be made by Friday, January 5, 2018. For additional local hotel accommodations information please click here. For information on the reception and/or accommodations, please contact Maribeth Riley at 518.465.7511 x232 or email@example.com.