Bill S7357-2013

Establishes a temporary commission on career technical education to examine and assess the feasibility and advisability of establishing a professional trade diploma

Establishes a temporary commission on career technical education to examine and assess the feasibility and advisability of establishing a professional trade diploma.

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  • May 14, 2014: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S7357

TITLE OF BILL: An act to establish a temporary commission on career technical education to examine and assess the feasibility and advisability of establishing a professional trade diploma for completion of a secondary education; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE:

To create a commission to determine the practicality of creating a new professional trade high school diploma.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 establishes a temporary commission on career technical education to evaluate and make recommendations regarding the creation of a professional trade diploma upon completion of secondary education. The commission shall have particular focus on creating a diploma for students who successfully complete the necessary career technical education in a particular trade or career so as to qualify the student for employment in the field of study. Additionally, the commission will create circumstances for students to receive a professional trade diploma without the student's completion of certain requirements for a regents or local diploma

Section 2 establishes the provisions for the creation of the commission. The commission will have thirteen members with five members appointed by the governor, two members appointed by the temporary president of the senate, two members appointed by the speaker of the assembly, one member appointed by the minority leader of the senate, one member appointed by the minority leader of the assembly, one member each appointed by the chair of the education committee of the senate and the assembly respectively.

Section 3 provides the commission with the authority to hold meetings and public hearings along with all the powers of a legislative committee in accordance with the legislative law.

Section 4 establishes that members of the commission shall not receive compensation for their services expect for covering the actual and necessary expenses incurred to perform their duties.

Section 5 provides the commission with access to facilities, resources, and data of any state or political subdivision that the commission could reasonably request to utilize in performing the duties necessary.

Section 6 requires the commission to submit a report to the governor and the legislature regarding its findings, within three hundred days of the effective date.

Section 7 is the enacting clause.

JUSTIFICATION:

Currently with the educational focus on standardized testing and the implementation of Common Core, New York State is missing out on an opportunity to support students with career oriented skills that may excel in fields which do not show up on the standardized tests. Students are not all the same and therefore cannot be arbitrarily expected to fit the same mold. Instead of focusing on pushing students to pass a single subject regents exam, New York State should recognize students gaining technical and career skills in ever expanding fields such as medical professions, culinary fields, mechanical fields, or professional certification as a worthy achievement paramount to satisfactory grades on an exam. Students who pass down a skill and career oriented path, should not be withheld from receiving a diploma because of academic scores. Rather, they should be given the opportunity to graduate from their secondary education and utilize the skills they acquired to obtain gainful employment in instances where the career or technical skill they obtained through this newly created degree program would be sufficient for such students to maintain post secondary education employment. Certain students may aspire to be scholars, and others may aspire to learn a trade. While these circumstances exemplify various types of students, each student shares the goal of graduating secondary education in New York and should be provided the opportunity to do so while respectively pursuing their long term goals.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed 1 year after it shall have become a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7357 IN SENATE May 14, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. FELDER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to establish a temporary commission on career technical education to examine and assess the feasibility and advisability of establishing a professional trade diploma for completion of a secondary education; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration there- of THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. A temporary commission on career technical education is hereby established to examine, evaluate and make recommendations concerning the feasibility and advisability of establishing a profes- sional trade diploma to be awarded upon completion of secondary educa- tion. Such commission shall review, with particular care, the practical- ity of establishing such a diploma for students who successfully complete a sequence of career technical education in a particular trade or career so as to qualify such student for employment in such trade or career. In addition, the commission shall provide for the awarding of a professional trade diploma without a student's completion of certain requirements for a regents or local diploma. S 2. The commission shall be composed of 13 members to be appointed as follows: (a) 5 members appointed by the governor, one of whom shall be desig- nated by the governor as the chair of the commission; (b) 2 members appointed by the temporary president of the senate; (c) 2 members appointed by the speaker of the assembly; (d) 1 member appointed by the minority leader of the senate; (e) 1 member appointed by the minority leader of the assembly; (f) 1 member appointed by the chair of the senate education committee; and (g) 1 member appointed by the chair of the assembly education commit- tee. Vacancies in the membership of the commission shall be filled in the manner provided for original appointments.
S 3. The commission may meet within and without the state, shall hold public hearings and shall have all the powers of a legislative committee pursuant to the legislative law. S 4. The members of the commission shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties pursuant to this act. S 5. To the maximum extent feasible, the commission shall be entitled to request and receive, and shall utilize such facilities, resources and data of any department, division, bureau, board, commission, district or agency of the state or any political subdivision thereof as it may reasonably request to properly carry out its powers and duties pursuant to this act. S 6. Within 300 days of the effective date of this act, the commission shall submit a report to the governor and the legislature of its find- ings, conclusions and recommendations, and shall submit therewith such legislative proposals as it deems necessary to implement its recommenda- tions. S 7. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed 1 year after it shall have become a law.

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