senate Bill S4100A

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

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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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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:
A6385B
Versions:
S4100
S4100A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3602, Ed L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4100A

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 Employ-
ment 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.

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 work-
shops 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:
2011-Passed Senate.

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--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 17, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  FARLEY,  ADDABBO, AVELLA, BONACIC, OPPENHEIMER --
  read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
  the  Committee  on Education -- recommitted to the Committee on Educa-
  tion in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8  --  reported  favorably
  from  said  committee  and  committed  to  the Committee on Finance --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to said committee

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.
                                                           LBD10180-02-2

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