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A04011 Summary:

COSPNSRManktelow, Blankenbush
Add §679-k, Ed L
Relates to providing loan forgiveness for agriculture educators who provide didactic instruction to students about agriculture, food, and natural resources.
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A04011 Actions:

02/01/2021referred to higher education
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A04011 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to providing loan forgiveness for agriculture educators   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide loan forgiveness for agriculture educators and promote the teaching and study of agricultural education   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the education law by adding a new section 679-h to provide the New York State Agriculture Educators Loan Forgiveness Incen- tive Program. This section defines agricultural educator and provides the purpose, eligibility, and awards associated with the program, speci- fying that agriculture educators must be employed as an agriculture educator and reside in New York for a period of at least two years to be eligible for the program. Section 2 provides the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Agricultural education is a systematic program of instruction available to students desiring to learn about the science, business, and technolo- gy of plant and animal production, and about the environmental and natural resources systems. Agricultural education first became a part of the public education system in 1917 when the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Hughes Act. There are approximately 1,000,000 agricultural education students in the nation who are taught by nearly 12,000 secondary and two-year postsecon- dary teachers. It is estimated that the contact hours of in-school instruction in and about agriculture exceed 10 million annually. School- based agricultural education in the United States consists of three closely related components, including: (1) classroom/laboratory instruc- tion (2) experiential learning/education (3) leadership development. The interaction of these three components helps to ensure students' career success or continuation with higher education related to agriscience and/or agribusiness following high school graduation. Organized instruction is the classroom and laboratory component of agri- cultural education. This instruction may be carried out in a classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, or outdoor setting. Classroom and laboratory instruction include units based on natural and social sciences such as environmental science, agribusiness, natural resources, aquaculture, food science and safety, animal and plant sciences, entrepreneurship, and many other areas. However students enrolled in these courses have the unique opportunity to apply their core content concepts in an agri- culturally related context. For example, when using the STEM model, a student learning about hydrogen and covalent bonding in chemistry is able to apply these concepts when examining the chemistry of food proc- essing. By enhancing their core content knowledge base with agriculture, students gain the real-world experiences that enhance college and career readiness. Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems. However, The National Association of Agricultural Educators believes that there are not enough agriculture teachers to meet the current demand. By providing loan forgiveness to agriculture educators who are employed as agriculture educators and reside in New York for at least two years, New York can help to combat this deficiency.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019-2020: A.5452 2017-2018: A.7290-B S.1920B 2015-2016: S.4963 Passed the Senate/A.7287 Referred to Higher Education.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.
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A04011 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 1, 2021
        Introduced  by M. of A. SALKA -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Higher Education
        AN ACT to amend  the  education  law,  in  relation  to  providing  loan
          forgiveness for agriculture educators
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section  679-k
     2  to read as follows:
     3    §  679-k. New York state agriculture educators loan forgiveness incen-
     4  tive program. 1. Definition. The term "agriculture  educator"  means  an
     5  instructor  who provides didactic instruction to students about agricul-
     6  ture, food and natural resources delivered through lessons  in  science,
     7  communications, leadership, management and technology.
     8    2.  Purpose. The president shall grant student loan forgiveness awards
     9  for the purpose of alleviating the burden of student loan debt for agri-
    10  culture educators teaching in the field of agriculture education in  New
    11  York  state. Such awards shall be made on a competitive basis as promul-
    12  gated by the corporation for such purposes, to applicants who  meet  the
    13  eligibility   criteria.   Such   rules  and  regulations  shall  include
    14  provisions for the consideration  of  applicants  who  are  economically
    15  disadvantaged.
    16    3.  Eligibility. To be eligible for an award pursuant to this section,
    17  applicants shall:
    18    (a) have graduated and obtained a degree from  an  approved  New  York
    19  state college or university;
    20    (b) have an outstanding student loan debt from obtaining such degree;
    21    (c)  be employed as a full-time agriculture educator in New York state
    22  for at least two years;
    23    (d) reside in New York state for at least two years post graduation;
    24    (e) apply for this program within two years of college graduation; and
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    (f) comply with subdivisions three and five  of  section  six  hundred
     2  sixty-one of this part.
     3    4.  Awards.  The  corporation  shall  grant such awards within amounts
     4  appropriated for such purposes and based on the availability of funds.
     5    § 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
     6  have become a law.
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