Creates the general equivalency degree assistance pilot program.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to establishing the general equivalency degree assistance pilot program; and making an appropriation therefor; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill establishes a pilot program in Suffolk County that would allow individuals to study for the general equivalence degree (GED) on their own.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section One adds a new section § 6311 to the education law, which authorizes the board of trustees of the Suffolk County Community College to establish a pilot program for online education for those studying to obtain a GED. The program establishes an interactive website with a curriculum, recommended course of study, quizzes and practice tests and links to other tutorial programs. This section also mandates the board of trustees to set tuition and develop and implement the curriculum of such a program. The board of trustees is also responsible for the maintenance of the website, with certain requirements laid out in this section. Section Two directs the board of trustees of Suffolk County Community College to undertake a study on the effectiveness of the program and the effect the program had on increasing the number of GEDs attained by high school drop outs. At the conclusion of this study, the board shall prepare recommendations for the Governor and the legislature concerning statewide implementation of such a program. Section Three appropriates one hundred thousand dollars from the general fund to the credit of the state purposes fund to carry out this act. Section Four is the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: In response to historically high dropout rates in schools, this legislation seeks to pilot a state funded program that, if successful in Suffolk County. could be implemented statewide. This program would make it easier for GED candidates to prepare for the examination. enhancing their chances of passing and attaining their GED. If successful, programs like these could be established in other public community colleges across New York. This would serve as a remedy to the problems in communities that result from large populations of individuals without high school equivalency degrees, including unemployment and poverty.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law. This act shall expire 5 years after such effective date when upon such a date the provisions of this act shall be deemed repealed.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 4599 A. 7112 2011-2012 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y April 13, 2011 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. ZELDIN -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. GRAF -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing the general equivalency degree assistance pilot program; and making an appropriation therefor; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 6311 to read as follows: S 6311. GENERAL EQUIVALENCY DEGREE ASSISTANCE PILOT PROGRAM. 1. AUTHORIZATION. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY GENERAL OR SPECIAL LAW, RULE OR REGU- LATION TO THE CONTRARY, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF SUFFOLK COUNTY COMMUNI- TY COLLEGE IS AUTHORIZED TO ESTABLISH A PILOT PROGRAM FOR ONLINE EDUCA- TION FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASSISTING INDIVIDUALS WITH OBTAINING THEIR GENERAL EQUIVALENCY DEGREE. 2. TUITION. THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MAY CHARGE TUITION FOR SUCH PROGRAM; PROVIDED THAT SUCH FEES SHALL NOT EXCEED TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS PER SEMESTER PER INDIVIDUAL ENROLLED IN SUCH PROGRAM. 3. CURRICULUM. THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES SHALL DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A CURRICULUM DESIGNED TO MEET THE STANDARDS OF EDUCATION NECESSARY TO PASS THE GENERAL EQUIVALENCY EXAM; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT SUCH CURRICULUM SHALL, AT A MINIMUM, INCLUDE A COURSE OF STUDY IN MATHEMATICS, ENGLISH READING AND COMPREHENSION, UNITED STATES AND WORLD HISTORY AND THE GENERAL SCIENCES. 4. WEBSITE. (A) THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES SHALL MAINTAIN A WEBSITE DISPLAYING THE CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTIONS ON THE RECOMMENDED COURSE OFEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10002-01-1 S. 4599 2 A. 7112
STUDY, QUIZZES AND PRACTICE TESTS ON THE SUBJECT MATERIAL, AND LINKS TO FREE TUTORIAL PROGRAMS ADJUDGED INFORMATIVE AND VALID BY THE BOARD. (B) EACH COURSE OF STUDY SHALL BE MAINTAINED UNDER ITS OWN DEDICATED WEBPAGE OR SECTION OF SUCH WEBSITE. (C) SUCH WEBSITE SHALL PROMINENTLY DISPLAY THE DATES, TIMES AND PLACES WHERE THE GENERAL EQUIVALENCY EXAM IS AVAILABLE AND INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW A PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATE MAY APPLY. (D) SUCH WEBSITE SHALL BE INTERACTIVE IN FORMAT WITH PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATES TO THE GENERAL EQUIVALENCY EXAM ABLE TO SUBMIT PRACTICE EXAMS AND QUIZZES FOR GRADING, AS WELL AS THE ABILITY TO SEEK TUTORIAL ASSIST- ANCE ON THE SUBJECT MATTER THROUGH ELECTRONIC MAIL. 5. TEACHING ASSISTANTS. STUDENTS OF SUFFOLK COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE THAT MAINTAIN A GRADE POINT AVERAGE ABOVE 3.5 THROUGH THE SEMESTER PRECEDING THEIR APPLICATION AS A TEACHING ASSISTANT SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO PROVIDE TUTORIAL SERVICES TO PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATES. THE COMPENSATION OF SUCH STUDENTS SHALL BE SET BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. S 2. During the fourth year next succeeding the effective date of this act, the board of trustees of Suffolk county community college shall undertake or cause to be undertaken a study on the effectiveness of the general equivalency degree assistance pilot program and its effects on ameliorating the number of high school dropouts without a general equiv- alency degree and shall prepare recommendations for the governor and legislature on whether a general equivalency degree assistance pilot program should be established statewide, and, if so, make recommenda- tions as to provisions including state incentives for the program. S 3. The sum of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any monies in the state treasury in the general fund to the credit of the state purposes fund, not otherwise appropriated, and made immediately avail- able, for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this act. Such monies shall be payable on the audit and warrant of the comptroller on vouchers certified or approved by the comptroller of Suffolk county in the manner prescribed by law. S 4. This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law and shall expire 5 years after such effective date when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed repealed.