senate Bill S4461

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Enacts The New Deal for CUNY

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Higher Education Committee

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Feb 05, 2021 referred to higher education


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S4461 (ACTIVE) - Details

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

S4461 (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.

S4461 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4461 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        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
   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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