Workforce Development and Education Committee
News and Notes

February 9, 2018
Staff Contact: Amber L. Mooney

Governor's State of the State and Budget Proposals

On the state and national level, there has been much attention paid to the skills gap and growing workforce needs of employers. The Business Council is very much encouraged by the Governor’s proposed investments in workforce development and education as laid out in the State of the State and the budget presentations. We will be working through the budget season to ensure that these proposals come out of the budget process even stronger so that New York’s employers have the training and education programs to support the talent pipeline. Below is an overview of The Business Council’s position on some of workforce development and education proposals.

Workforce Development SOS Proposal for $175 million investment in workforce development SUPPORT - with amendments
Higher Education Funding Elimination of $35.1 million in funding for the Direct Institutional “Bundy” Aid program (S.7503 / A.9503 (Budget)) OPPOSE 
P-12 Education Funding Increase Charter School tuition in alignment with public school spending. (S.7506 / A.9506 Budget Article VII, Part A) SUPPORT - with amendments
P-12 Education Funding

$15 Million Pre‐K Expansion. The additional investment in prekindergarten will bring high‐quality prekindergarten instruction to 3,000 three‐ and four‐year‐old children in high need school districts. (S.7503 / A.9503 (Budget) Article VII, Part A)

$9 million increase for Early College High School Programs to create 15 new early college high school programs. (S.7503 / A.9503 (Budget))

Create Smart Start. The Budget provides $6 million to expand high‐quality computer science and engineering education. (S.7503 / A.9503 (Budget))

$2.5 million increase in funding for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) program support. $2 million to subsidize AP and IB exams for low income students ($4 million total). $500,000 for schools to expand advanced coursework for those with limited offerings. (S.7503 / A.9503 (Budget))



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ESSA Update

On January 16, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education (DOED) approved the New York State’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, but denied two of the State’s three waiver requests. The request for a delay in ELL accountability and the request for testing students with disabilities below their chronological grade-level were both denied. The third which was approved, was the request to include the Regents exams scores of middle school students as part of the middle school accountability system.

Other issues of note, which were highlighted as potentially problematic by DOED and which were aligned with the NYS ESSA Coalition’s concerns were:

  1. The use of a second performance index: NYSED will now “combine” the two performance indices, though it is not yet clear how they will be combined and whether this wording will simply enable them to carry out their earlier plan to use the performance index of their choice based on the rating.
  2. Identification of Targeted Support & Improvement schools: NYSED has removed the three-year requirement for the identification of schools requiring additional targeted support and intervention. This change should result in more schools being identified for support and intervention based on student subgroup performance (because only one year of data will be used), though identification will occur only once every three years.
  3. N-size: NYSED did not increase the n-size from the current 30.

The approved plan and revisions are available here.

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. Also, as a member of the NYS ESSA Coalition, a statewide coalition of civil rights, education, parent, and business organizations, we will continue to advocate to make sure New York State’s ESSA plan delivers its promise of equity by increasing transparency in district expenditures to ensure that districts are equitably distributing funding resources.

Amber L. Mooney |  Manager, Government Affairs
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