Creates the parent empowerment pilot program which permits the parents of pupils attending a persistently lowest-achieving school to choose an education intervention model.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7569--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY May 10, 2011 ___________Introduced by M. of A. PEOPLES-STOKES -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to permitting the parents of pupils attending a persistently lowest-achieving school to choose an education intervention model THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 3613 to read as follows: S 3613. PERSISTENTLY LOWEST-ACHIEVING SCHOOLS; INTERVENTION MODELS. 1. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL MEAN: A. "PERSISTENTLY LOWEST-ACHIEVING (PLA) SCHOOLS", THE BOTTOM FIVE PERCENT OF TITLE ONE SCHOOLS IN IMPROVEMENT, CORRECTIVE ACTION OR RESTRUCTURING STATUS THAT HAVE THE LOWEST COMBINED PERFORMANCE ON THE STATE'S ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND MATHEMATICS TESTS AND THAT HAVE FAILED TO DEMONSTRATE PROGRESS ON THESE ASSESSMENTS. B. "INTERVENTION MODELS", FEDERAL EDUCATION INTERVENTION MODELS WHICH INCLUDE THE TURNAROUND MODEL, RESTART MODEL, TRANSFORMATION MODEL OR CLOSURE MODEL. IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL EDUCATION IMPROVE- MENT GRANTS, THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REQUIRES A PLA SCHOOL TO EITHER: (1) REDESIGN OR REPLACE SUCH SCHOOL (TURNAROUND); (2) CONVERT SUCH SCHOOL TO A CHARTER SCHOOL OR CONTRACT WITH AN EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP ORGANIZATION TO OPERATE SUCH SCHOOL (RESTART); (3) TRANSFORM SUCH SCHOOL (TRANSFORMATION); OR (4) CLOSE SUCH SCHOOL AND TRANSFER STUDENTS TO HIGHER PERFORMING SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT (CLOSURE). 2. ANY SCHOOL IDENTIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER AS PERSISTENTLY LOWEST-ACHIEVING AND THAT IS REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT ONE OF FOUR INTER- VENTION MODELS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS ESTABLISHED FOR FEDERAL EDUCATION IMPROVEMENT GRANTS, SHALL PERMIT THE PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIANS OF PUPILS ATTENDING SUCH PLA SCHOOL TO CHOOSE WHICHEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11084-06-1 A. 7569--A 2
INTERVENTION MODEL SHALL BE IMPLEMENTED IF AT LEAST FIFTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIANS OF PUPILS ATTENDING SUCH SCHOOL HAVE VOTED AND SIGNED A PETITION IDENTIFYING ONE INTERVENTION MODEL. PROVIDED, HOWEVER, FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION ELIGIBLE SCHOOLS MAY CHOOSE TO IMPLEMENT EITHER THE TURNAROUND MODEL, RESTART MODEL OR TRANS- FORMATION MODEL AS IDENTIFIED IN PARAGRAPH B OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION. 3. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE APPLICABLE TO CITIES HAVING A POPULATION OF MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND AND LESS THAN THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.