senate Bill S4100

Amended

Enables public libraries to access employment preparation education (EPE) funds to provide adult literacy education

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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  • 17 / Mar / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 07 / Jun / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 17 / Jun / 2011
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 20 / Jun / 2011
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1370
  • 20 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / Jun / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 20 / Jun / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 24 / Jan / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 29 / Feb / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 29 / Feb / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 4100A
  • 13 / Mar / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.334
  • 14 / Mar / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 15 / Mar / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 20 / Mar / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / Mar / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 20 / Mar / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

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.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6385A
Versions:
S4100
S4100A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3602, Ed L

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BILL NUMBER:S4100

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

PURPOSE:
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 or the unspent remainder of the previous school year's
appropriation, whichever is more, 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.

JUSTIFICATION:
The employment Preparation Education (EPE) program
(funded at $96 million) is currently only available to schools 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 like pre-GED
courses, ESL classes, computer and internet skills, job readiness
workshops and financial literacy classes, and yet they are not
eligible to even apply for these EPE funds (which currently exceed
the amount of Library Aid by almost $20 million).

In addition, taking these courses at the public library, where people
of all ages are involved in a variety of educational programs, is
less of a stigma to adults then 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.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
The act shall take effect on September 1st in the year
after it has become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4100

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 17, 2011
                               ___________

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 OR THE UNSPENT REMAINDER OF THE PREVIOUS SCHOOL YEAR'S APPROPRI-
ATION FOR THIS PROGRAM, WHICHEVER IS  MORE,  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.
                                                           LBD10180-01-1

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