Provides science, technology, engineering and mathematics grants for the encouragement of women and minorities to pursue careers in technology.
Ayes (24): Flanagan, Bonacic, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Farley, Hannon, Larkin, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, Seward, Skelos, Young, Valesky, Stewart-Cousins, Breslin, Dilan, Espaillat, Gianaris, Hassell-Thompson, Krueger, Montgomery, Parker
Excused (1): Perkins
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the New York state urban development corporation act, in relation to providing science, technology, engineering and mathematics grants for the encouragement of women and minorities to pursue careers in technology
PURPOSE: To provide science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grants to local education agencies to encourage women and minorities to pursue technology careers.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one adds new paragraph (o) to § 16-m of chapter 174 of the laws of 1968.
Section two sets forth the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: In today's high-tech, global economy, most well-paying jobs require a basic understanding of math and science. The most recent 10-year employment projections by the U.S. Labor Department show that of the 20 fastest-growing occupations projected for 2014, 15 of them require significant mathematics or science preparation to successfully compete for a job. Today, large numbers of jobs are going unfilled, and many of them require a background in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. While some of the fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs involve STEM skills, the number of women and minorities in these fields lags significantly behind white males. For example, in a 2010 survey by the Bayer Corporation of female and minority chemists and chemical engineers, 77 percent said significant numbers of women and minorities are missing from the U.S. STEM work force because "they were not identified, encouraged or nurtured to pursue STEM studies early on
Increasing the participation of under-represented groups in STEM education is not only educationally sound, it also will fill a critical need for workers skilled in the areas of demand in today's economy.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013-2014 Referred to Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1960 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 15, 2015 ___________Introduced by Sen. ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions AN ACT to amend the New York state urban development corporation act, in relation to providing science, technology, engineering and mathematics grants for the encouragement of women and minorities to pursue careers in technology THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 16-m of section 1 of chapter 174 of the laws of 1968, constituting the New York state urban development corporation act, is amended by adding a new paragraph (o) to read as follows: (O) ASSISTANCE TO ENCOURAGE WOMEN AND MINORITIES TO PURSUE TECHNOLOGY CAREERS BY PROVIDING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS (STEM) GRANTS, ON A COMPETITIVE BASIS, TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS, CHARTER SCHOOLS, OR BOARDS OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES FOR USE IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS, TO DEVELOP NEW AND ENHANCE CURRENT STEM PROGRAMS IN GRADES SIX THROUGH TWELVE, INCLUDING CAREER EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES, OPPORTUNITIES FOR TECHNICAL SKILLS ATTAINMENT AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS. (I) DEVELOPMENT OF PROPOSALS AND SELECTION OF RECIPIENTS OF SUCH STEM GRANTS SHALL BE CARRIED OUT IN COOPERATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. (II) GRANTS SHALL BE MADE FOR A RECURRENT PERIOD OF FIVE YEARS AT WHICH TIME THE CHAIRPERSON SHALL EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE STEM GRANTS BASED ON CRITERIA DEVELOPED IN COOPERATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. (1) SUCH CRITERIA SHALL PROVIDE DISADVANTAGED SCHOOL DISTRICTS OR BOARDS OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES PRIORITY WHEN ALLOCATING THE GRANTS AUTHORIZED BY THIS PARAGRAPH;EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04241-01-5 S. 1960 2
(2) SUCH CRITERIA SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, THE NUMBER OF WOMEN AND MINORITY STUDENTS IN STEM PROGRAMS BEFORE AND AFTER THE GRANT PERIOD; AND (3) THE PERCENTAGE OF THE NEW STEM STUDENTS WHO HAVE GONE ON TO TWO- AND FOUR-YEAR POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS AND THE PERCENTAGE WHO HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED FOR A PERIOD NOT LESS THAN TWO YEARS IN MATHEMAT- ICS, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, HEALTH RELATED FIELDS AND THE LICENSED PROFESSIONS. (III) FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION LOCAL EDUCATION AGENCIES SHALL MEAN SCHOOL DISTRICTS, CHARTER SCHOOLS, OR BOARDS OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the amend- ments to subdivision 1 of section 16-m of section 1 of chapter 174 of the laws of 1968, constituting the New York state urban development corporation act, made by section one of this act, shall not affect the expiration of such section and shall be deemed to expire therewith.