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Workforce Development/Education Committee Update

Staff Contact: Amber Mooney
May 12, 2017

Letter to Congress Supporting Federal CTE Legislation

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are sending a letter to Congress, requesting that they reauthorize the Perkins Act, which supports high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

Legislation extending the Perkins Act was introduced by Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), with broad, bipartisan support. Bill HR. 2353, the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act,” reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and will provide more students access to training for in-demand jobs, while ensuring employers have a quality employee pipeline.

The Business Council has signed onto the letter supporting this legislation and invites you to as well. Businesses, business associations, and chambers of commerce can view and sign the letter here. The deadline for signatures is Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by 5:00 PM.

NYS ESSA Public Hearings Across the State

Earlier this week, the New York State Education Department presented the state’s draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan at the meeting of the Board of Regents and launched a month-long public comment period.

They will be accepting public comments through June 16, 2017. The draft plan is available here, with a summary available here. Thirteen public hearings will be held around the state while the public comment period is open; the full schedule of hearings can be found here

While the draft plan has areas that could be improved upon, The Business Council is encouraged by the inclusion of the College, Career and Civic Readiness Indicator. This college and career accountability indicator will incentivize school districts to provide students access to advanced course work, career and technical education, and industry-recognized credentials. Ensuring that students have access to advanced coursework is important not only to student success in college, but in preparing students for challenging careers in a rapidly changing economy. We believe that this is a great incentive for schools to expand their offerings and hope they take this opportunity to provide students more access to advanced coursework.

The Business Council, as part of the ESSA Coalition, recently met with the State Education Commissioner to discuss items in the plan that we were pleased to see included and those that could be improved upon. We had a constructive conversation with Commissioner Elia and also intend on testifying at a public hearing with the Board of Regents.

ESSA Coalition Regional Meetings

The Business Council is a member of the ESSA Coalition, a statewide coalition of civil rights, education, parent, and business organizations that has been advocating for New York to take advantage of ESSA to advance an equity agenda. The federal education law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is an opportunity for New York to define what it means to be a successful school, to set clear expectations that schools must raise achievement for all of their students, and to target urgency, resources, and support to the places where students are struggling.

The Coalition recently released the Equity Scorecard, an initial review of New York’s draft ESSA plan, and will hold three regional meetings for local stakeholders and business leaders to share analysis of the draft plan and discuss opportunities to encourage improvements during the public comment period and beyond.

We encourage you to attend a meeting in your region to learn more:

When: Thursday, June 1st, 4-5:30 p.m.
Where: EPIC for Children, 1000 Main Street, Buffalo
To RSVP, please email: buffalo-rsvp@edtrustny.org  

When: Wednesday, May 24th, 9-10:30 a.m.
Where: Urban League of Rochester, 265 N Clinton Ave, Rochester
To RSVP, please email: rochester-rsvp@edtrustny.org

When: Tuesday, May 23rd, 9-10:30 a.m.
Where: Committee for Hispanic Children & Families, 75 Broad Street, Suite 620, NYC
To RSVP, please email: nyc-rsvp@edtrustny.org

Amber L. Mooney |  Manager, Government Affairs
The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
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