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A05978 Summary:

BILL NOA05978
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORJackson
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §305, Ed L
 
Relates to the establishment of various programs for students in pre-kindergarten through third grade including programs for literacy, career readiness and financial literacy.
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A05978 Actions:

BILL NOA05978
 
03/04/2021referred to education
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A05978 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A5978
 
SPONSOR: Jackson
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the establishment of a comprehensive career readiness program for pre-kindergarten to third grade students   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Establishes various programs to assist students from prekindergarten through third grade.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 establishes that the commissioner shall promulgate rules and regulations to implement several programs for pre-kindergarten to third grade students in every school district. These programs include but are not limited to: 1) A literacy program in which all students are assessed annually and deemed to be either above, below, or at current literacy grade level. 2) Two plans to assist students who fall within and below the current grade level for literacy. These plans will aim to help students achieve higher literacy rates. 3) Establishes a career readiness program that introduces students to different occupations and possible career paths. This career readiness program includes guest speakers, career fairs, and emphasizes academic achievement to achieve career goals. As a part of this career readiness program students are taught to become fiscally responsible both profes- sionally and personally and are provided with monthly seminars on how to save money, developing a personal budget and on entrepreneurship and the relationship between spending and debt. Section 2 establishes that this act shall take effect immediately.   JUSTIFICATION: Literacy is a critical determinant for a young person's future success. Reading literacy by the third grade is a widely accepted benchmark to determine graduation potential. Moreover, financial literacy and aware- ness of career options are essential for young people to be conscious of the various potentials while equally understanding how to be personally and professionally fiscally responsible. This bill will lead to program- ming that ensures these essential components are measured so that stra- tegic plans are then created for future success.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019-20 A.4857 Referred to Education 2017-18 A.4425 Referred to Education 2015-16 A.7560 Referred to Education   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A05978 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          5978
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      March 4, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. JACKSON -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Education
 
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the establishment of a
          comprehensive career readiness program for pre-kindergarten  to  third
          grade students
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new
     2  subdivision 59 to read as follows:
     3    59. The commissioner shall promulgate rules and regulations  requiring
     4  the  implementation  of  the  following programs for pre-kindergarten to
     5  third grade students in every school district:
     6    a. A literacy program in which:
     7    (i) all students are assessed annually on their current literacy level
     8  and placed into one of the following literacy rate categories:
     9    (1) above current grade level;
    10    (2) current grade level; and
    11    (3) below current grade level;
    12    (ii) annually, two proposed plans are created to assist  students  who
    13  fall within the current grade level and below current grade level liter-
    14  acy  rate categories in order to achieve a higher literacy rate, includ-
    15  ing a list of necessary resources in order to implement such plans.
    16    b. A career readiness program in which:
    17    (i) monthly, students are  introduced  to  different  occupations  and
    18  possible career paths;
    19    (ii)  activities include but are not limited to guest speakers, career
    20  fairs and visiting approved industry sites; and
    21    (iii) there is an emphasis on the importance of attendance and academ-
    22  ic achievement to reach career goals.
    23    c. A financial literacy program in which:
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09038-01-1

        A. 5978                             2
 
     1    (i) the main goal is for students to  learn  how  to  become  fiscally
     2  responsible both professionally and personally;
     3    (ii)  monthly  seminars  will  be  provided for all students on topics
     4  including but not limited to the following:
     5    (1) how to save money;
     6    (2) entrepreneurship;
     7    (3) opening and maintaining banking and checking accounts;
     8    (4) developing a personal budget; and
     9    (5) the relationship between spending and debt.
    10    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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