The Business Council of Westchester hosts forum on business engagement in education

The Business Council of Westchester, in partnership with the Public Policy Institute of New York State (PPI) and the Committee for Economic Development (CED), hosted a forum on Wednesday, Dec. 10 on the state’s new K-12 education standards and the role that businesses can play to support them.

Dr. Salvador Fernandez, executive director of the School of Achievement, New York City Department of Education, provided an educator’s perspective on the new college- and career-ready standards. Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, and Allison Armour-Garb, an education consultant for PPI, spoke about how the employer community can support the standards’ implementation to help cultivate a globally competitive workforce and provide an overview of the standards’ development, respectively.

“For most businesses as well as schools, having an objective way to determine progress isn’t radical or earth-shattering — it’s standard operating procedure,” said Dr. Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester. “We need such practices, and our children deserve no less. These assessments should be seen as a positive tool to ensure our students have developed the foundational knowledge and skills they will need for college and the workforce.”

“The economic imperative for attaining higher education has never been greater, but too many students throughout New York and the nation remain unprepared,” said Michael Petro, Executive Vice President at CED. “Implementing these high-quality K-12 standards will put students on a pathway to flourish in both college and their careers.”

“Businesses across the state rely on the education system to prepare students for careers in the 21st century economy. Unfortunately, as evident by the growing skills gap, there is a disconnect between what students are learning in school and what they need to know to succeed in the work world,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council. “Innovative partnerships like the New York State Pathways in Technology Early High School program and preservation of the Common Core standards are crucial in helping students develop skills with real-world applicability.”

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