Seminars engage business leaders on education

The Public Policy Institute (PPI), the research arm of The Business Council, is cosponsoring a series of seminars with the Committee for Economic Development to help employers better understand the importance of business engagement in education. The seminars discuss why the new college- and career-ready standards will help further strengthen the state’s workforce and economy and how the employer community can support the standards’ implementation to help cultivate a globally competitive workforce.

The most recent seminar was conducted in Rochester in cooperation with the Rochester Business Alliance. To watch the Rochester Business Alliance video news story about the seminar, please click here.

PPI consultant Allison Armour-Garb called the Common Core standards good for businesses in New York. Armour-Garb said, “The standards were designed with the needs of business and higher education in mind. A great thing that businesses can do is to advocate and when you meet with your public policy makers, express your support for education in general and higher standards in particular.”

Business Council President and CEO Heather Briccetti said, “We need to support higher standards for our K-12 students in order to ensure that they’re better prepared for the work force and college. Businesses across the state rely on the education system to prepare students for careers in the 2st century economy, but there is a disconnect between what students are learning in school and what they need to know to succeed in the work world.”

Rochester Business Alliance President and CEO Sandy Parker agreed. Parker said, “The importance of the Common Core is it raises the standard. I think one of the things we’re looking at is how when kids finish high school, are they really ready to go into the working world? And clearly, now, not just in the Rochester City School District but throughout the United States, in many cases they’re not. So, by raising the standard we’re hopefully preparing better workers for tomorrow.”

Briccetti said it’s also important to separate Common Core myth from fact. Briccetti added, “We’re trying to make sure that businesses understand that the need for higher standards is something that is separate and apart from the controversy surrounding teacher evaluations and testing. But rather, we need to support higher standards so the kids are prepared for the work force.”

For more on how business can engage in Common Core education standards, visit

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