Workforce Development & Education Committee Update

Staff Contact: Amber L. Mooney
June 13, 2017


Last Chance to Register: Early Care and Learning Council Event with the Lt. Governor

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The Century House | Latham, NY
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
*Registration starts at 11:00 am.

KEYNOTE: New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul

The Early Care and Learning Council's 2017 Annual Meeting & Luncheon, "Early Care and Education: An Economic Investment," will celebrate its 18th Annual Excellence in Leadership Award honorees across the state. These distinguished individuals have made significant contributions to New York's children and show exemplary leadership in advancing high quality early care and education.

Last Week to Submit Public Comments for the State's ESSA Plan

The New York State Education Department is wrapping up a month-long public comment period for the state’s draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, concluding this Friday, June 16, 2017. The draft plan is available here, with a summary available here. There are just two public hearings remaining, one in Binghamton on Wednesday, June 14th, and the other in the Capital Region on Thursday, June 15th (details here).
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 Business Council, as part of the ESSA Coalition, recently met with the Deputy Secretary for Education, Jere Hochman 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 Mr. Hochman and also intend on testifying at the public hearing with the Board of Regents this Thursday.

To learn more about the ESSA Coalition’s review of the ESSA Plan, please view the Equity Scorecard. I also encourage you to submit public comment via the online form that highlights the Coalition’s priorities before the deadline this Friday, June 16th.


End of Session Priorities

Below are a few bills that we are working on seeing past in the last few days of the legislative session, including one that passed last week.

SUPPORT - S.3789 (Phillips) / A.1956 (Bronson), which would 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. Memo
Status: Passed both houses.

SUPPORT - S.6087 (Marcellino) / A.8180 (Nolan), which would add early college high schools and the New York State pathways in technology early college high school program (P-TECH) to the state education statutes and provide for their continued support within the state education department. Memo
Status: Passed in the Senate, in the Assembly Education Committee

SUPPORT - S.5875 (Robach) / A.6177 (Pichardo), which would amend the education law to require the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY) boards of trustees to establish a new common and clear credit articulation policy for granting college credit to high school students who earn passing scores in advanced coursework. Memo
Status: In the Higher Education Committees in both houses

SUPPORT - S.5891 (Klein) / A.7697 (Pichardo), which would clarify 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. Memo
Status: In the Rules Committees of both houses


Amber L. Mooney|  Manager, Government Affairs
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