assembly Bill A5843

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Enacts The New Deal for CUNY

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Feb 26, 2021 referred to higher education

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A5843 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S4461
Current Committee:
Assembly Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§6221, 6206 & 6220, Ed L; amd §22-c, St Fin L

A5843 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts The New Deal for CUNY; increases the ratio of faculty and mental health counselors to full-time students; requires that certain amounts of tuition be replaced by federal, state, and city funds.

A5843 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   5843
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                             February 26, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced   by   M.  of  A.  REYES,  L. ROSENTHAL,  EPSTEIN,  PICHARDO,
   DE LA ROSA, ANDERSON, GOTTFRIED, DAVILA, BURGOS,  FORREST,  GALLAGHER,
   WEPRIN, FERNANDEZ, MITAYNES, TAYLOR, SIMON, SEPTIMO, SAYEGH, BARNWELL,
   MONTESANO,  JACKSON, BARRON -- read once and referred to the Committee
   on Higher Education

 AN ACT to amend the education law and the state finance law, in relation
   to enacting The New Deal for CUNY
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Short title. This enacts "The New Deal for CUNY".
   §  2.  Legislative  intent. The Legislature hereby recognizes the need
 for The New Deal for CUNY in order to ensure  that  the  commitment  the
 Legislature  articulated in establishing the city university of New York
 is extended to present and future generations.    The  1961  legislation
 recognized  that  the  creation of a city university as a single unified
 system was "justified" by the special  needs  of  a  multi-racial  urban
 constituency  and  the  "vital importance" of creating opportunities for
 disadvantaged New Yorkers. Those needs have only grown in the  half-cen-
 tury  since the Legislature's action. Yet CUNY's ability to fulfill them
 has diminished as enrollment has skyrocketed and investment  has  failed
 to  keep  pace. The New Deal for CUNY reimagines CUNY as the vital urban
 university it must be if it is to serve  the  people  of  New  York.  It
 enhances  CUNY's  historic  role  as a leader in educational justice and
 economic  transformation.    This  legislation  restores  free  tuition,
 ensures  adequate  faculty  staffing,  and  aligns  student support with
 nationally recommended standards. In doing so, The  New  Deal  for  CUNY
 restores  New York to national leadership in public higher education and
 removes the barriers to student success that have prevented thousands of
 CUNY students from realizing the full potential of a college degree. The
 New Deal for CUNY gradually increases the ratio of students to full-time
 faculty at CUNY to nationally recommended levels, with a special  empha-
 sis  on  racial  and  ethnic  diversity  in hiring. It also replaces the
 system of underpayment for contingent faculty  with  a  dignified  labor
 system  that provides students with the support they urgently need. CUNY