senate Bill S7357

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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  • 14 / May / 2014
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Summary

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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Bill Details

Versions:
S7357
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
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 advis-
ability 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 educa-
tion 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 educa-
tion 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 diplo-
ma 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 respec-
tively.

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 satis-
factory 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 educa-
tion employment. Certain students may aspire to be scholars, and others
may aspire to learn a trade. While these circumstances exemplify vari-
ous 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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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7357

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              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.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15016-01-4

S. 7357                             2

  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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