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Education & Workforce Development


A major issue on the state and national level is the “skills gap,” which is a mismatch between the available labor force and the high-skilled jobs that employers seek to fill. The importance of training individuals in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) is critical if we want to stay competitive in the global economy. The Business Council supports programs and policies that foster the development of a 21st century workforce, ensure that students are well prepared for entrance into college and career, and strengthen partnerships between private-sector companies, colleges and local school districts.

New York State is already home to a robust network of P-TECH schools, a nationally recognized best practice of public and private partnerships in 9-14 education, yet more needs to be done. We continue to work with our members and stakeholders across the State to ensure that businesses are at the table for conversations regarding workforce training and education programs that seek to meet the demand of employers. We support a demand driven approach to workforce development and funding for such programs.

Amber L. Mooney, Manager of Government Affairs
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Education/Workforce Development

Innovative education models that better prepare students for entrance into college and career are key to our state's future success. The Business Council:

Committee News

ESSA - Every Student Succeeds Act

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.

Coalition’s fact sheets:



Reports and Testimony

Items of Interest