Enables public libraries to access employment preparation education (EPE) funds to provide adult literacy education; sets aside three million dollars to be awarded through a competitive grant process; provides that half of such appropriation shall be set aside for libraries serving a population of one million or more.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to enabling public libraries to access employment preparation education (EPE) funds to provide adult literacy instruction
The bill would allow public libraries to apply for and receive Employment Preparation Education (EPE) funds for pre-GED and other adult literacy services authorized under the program.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Subdivision 11 of Section 3602 of the Education Law is amended by adding a new paragraph a-2 that would set aside $3 million to be provided in competitive grants to public libraries, with at least half the amount set aside for libraries serving a population of one million or more.
The Employment Preparation Education (EPE) program (funded at $83 million) is currently only available to school districts and BOCES to provide educational services to persons twenty-one years of age or older who have dropped out of high school and did not receive their degree or GED. These educational services include employment skills, English as a Second Language courses, pre-GED classes, etc.
Libraries provide many of the same educational services, such as pre-GED courses, ESL classes, computer and internet training, job readiness workshops and financial literacy classes. By allowing libraries to receive EPE funds, this bill will help expand the educational options available to New Yorkers.
In addition, taking these courses at the public library, where people of all ages are involved in variety of educational programs, maybe less of a stigma to adults than returning to the school they dropped out from, and many libraries can provide other support services for young adults that can facilitate their employment opportunities.
2011 and 2012-Passed Senate.
The act shall take effect on September 1st in the year after it has become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6714 IN SENATE March 3, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. FARLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to enabling public libraries to access employment preparation education (EPE) funds to provide adult literacy instruction THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 11 of section 3602 of the education law is amended by adding a new paragraph a-2 to read as follows: A-2. NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH A OF THIS SUBDIVI- SION, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL SET ASIDE AN AMOUNT OF THREE MILLION DOLLARS TO BE AWARDED THROUGH A COMPETITIVE GRANT PROCESS TO PUBLIC LIBRARIES TO PROVIDE ANY OF THE SERVICES AUTHORIZED IN THIS SUBDIVISION. HOWEVER, NO LESS THAN HALF THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION SHALL BE SET ASIDE FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES SERVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH RULES AND REGULATIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS PARAGRAPH. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14159-01-4