Public Input on Plans for Improving CTE in New York (Perkins V Plan)
The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) provides federal funds to NYS to improve CTE. The revised act approved last year went into effect on July 1, 2019. New York submitted a one-year transition plan in May 2019 to guide 2019-20 funding. The next step is the draft four-year state plan which was presented to the NYS Board of Regents on November 4, 2019.
This plan covers new funding priorities, local needs assessment and performance targets and must be submitted to the USDOE by April 2020. The development of a new state plan for CTE is an excellent occasion to evaluate current efforts to improve CTE. The public and interested educators can comment on whether NYS is engaging in positive efforts to ensure our students have the knowledge and skills to be career-ready. Interested persons can provide input on the plan priorities and performance targets for schools and BOCES from now until January 8, 2020.
Input/comments are requested from (including, but not limited to): representatives of secondary and postsecondary CTE programs, which shall include adult CTE providers, academic and career and technical education teachers, faculty and administrators, specialized instructional support personnel, career guidance and academic counselors, and paraprofessionals; interested community representatives including parents, students, and community organizations; representatives from the state workforce development board; representatives of special populations; representatives of business and industry; representatives of agencies serving out-of-school youth, homeless children and youth, and at-risk youth; representatives of Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations; and individuals with disabilities.
Encourage anyone with interest to offer criticism as well as positive compliments.
The New York State Education Department has scheduled three formal public hearings to gather input/comments from the public regarding the four-year plan. Those wishing to present oral testimony about the State Plan at the meetings should complete a pre-registration form. Oral testimony will be limited to five minutes. Witnesses will be scheduled in the order in which reply forms are received. Submission of a request does not guarantee an opportunity to speak. Each meeting will be live-streamed . Questions about the hearings should be directed to the Office of Career and Technical Education.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 --- 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Onondaga Cortland Madison (OCM) BOCES
110 Elwood Davis Road,
Liverpool, NY 13088
Location: The Seneca Room
Thursday, December 12, 2019 --- 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Capital Region BOCES
900 Watervliet Shaker Road/Suite 102
Albany, New York 12205
Location: Empire Room 2nd floor Tuesday,
January 7, 2020 – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Headquarters
52 Broadway New York, NY 10004
Location: Shanker Hall
Individuals can also submit opinions via email. NYSED has recently posted the secondary-level Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) Guidance, Template, and Summary documents on the Office of CTE website. These initial documents are what districts and BOCES should use as the work needs to begin immediately in order to be completed by April 2020. Public comments on these CLNA forms can also be submitted to those wishing to submit questions or comments on the plan or CLNA forms should do so via CTE Perkins Plan email.