|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Feb 05, 2021||referred to higher education|
senate Bill S4461
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Higher Education Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S4461 (ACTIVE) - Details
S4461 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S4461 SPONSOR: GOUNARDES TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law and the state finance law, in relation to enacting The New Deal for CUNY PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill is intended to reestablish the City University of New York as an engine for social and economic mobility by waiving all tuition and creating certain staff-to-student ratios in order to increase student success SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 names the title of the bill. Section 2 provides the legislative intent for the New Deal for CUNY. The legislature recognizes the historic role that CUNY has played in
S4461 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 4461 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E February 5, 2021 ___________ Introduced by Sen. GOUNARDES -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed 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 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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