Valesky, Brindisi proposal would create new NY high school degree for business curriculum

David J. Valesky

March 18, 2014

By Teri Weaver |

on March 06, 2014 at 2:07 PM, updated March 06, 2014 at 4:02 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- New York schools would award high school diplomas for students who excel at lessons and job training meant to built a new generation of manufacturing and high-tech workers if legislation introduced by Sen. David Valesky passes.

The bill would create a Career and Technical Education diploma to recognize students for schoolwork that measures on-the-job learning and employability rather than traditional curriculum.

The option would be available to all students and include various concentrations, including agriculture, marketing, consumer sciences and industrial education. The Board of Regents would develop the regulations necessary to establish the curriculum and assessments, under the proposal.

Valesky, D-Oneida, introduced the legislation last year. Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, is the sponsor in the New York State Assembly.