senate Bill S6714

2013-2014 Legislative Session

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

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S6714 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3602, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S4100A

S6714 - Bill Texts

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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 NUMBER:S6714

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 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 $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.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011 and 2012-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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6714

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              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

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