Establishes the task force to explore the incorporation of the principles of universal design for learning into the education systems in the state.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 8196 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY June 6, 2011 ___________Introduced by M. of A. BENEDETTO, N. RIVERA -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education AN ACT in relation to establishing the task force to explore the incor- poration of the principles of universal design for learning into the education systems in the state; and providing for the repeal of such provision upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. There is hereby created a task force to explore the incor- poration of the principles of universal design for learning into the education systems in New York. S 2. (a) The membership of the task force shall be as follows: one member of the senate, appointed by the temporary president of the senate; one member of the assembly, appointed by the speaker of the assembly; the commissioner of education, or the commissioner's designee; the chancellor of the state university system, or the chancellor's designee; the superintendent of the New York state school for the blind, or the superintendent's designee; the superintendent of the New York state school for the deaf, or the superintendent's designee; three representatives of the department of education from different divisions or bureaus, each appointed by the assistant or associate commissioner of the represented division or bureau, of whom: one representative shall have expertise in early intervention, one representative shall have expertise in instruction; and one representative shall have expertise in assessments and accountability; one county superintendent; one county board of education member; five public school teachers who teach in the state of whom: three teachers shall be general educators, one each from an elementary, a middle, and a high school, one teacher shall be certi- fied in special education, and one teacher shall be certified in instruction to students with limited English proficiency; one member of the state university system, appointed by the chancellor of the stateEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11847-01-1 A. 8196 2
university; and five members appointed by the governor, at least one of whom has expertise in universal design for learning. (b) The governor shall designate the chair of the task force. (c) Members of the task force shall not receive any compensation but shall be reimbursed for their actual, necessary expenditures. (d) Members of the task force shall serve at the pleasure of the person who appointed them and may be removed at anytime, without cause. Any vacancy on the task force shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. (e) The department of education shall provide staff for the task force. S 3. All departments or agencies of the state or subdivisions thereof, and local governments shall, at the request of the chair, provide the task force such facilities, assistance, and data as will enable the task force to carry out its powers and duties. S 4. The task force may meet and hold public and/or private hearings within the regions of the state, and shall have all the powers of an executive body pursuant to the executive law. S 5. The task force shall: (a) study the effectiveness of universal design for learning as a framework for guiding curriculum design including goals, teaching meth- ods, instructional materials, and assessments, to: (i) provide flexibility in the ways information is presented, students respond or demonstrate knowledge and skills and students are engaged; and (ii) reduce barriers in instruction and provide appropriate accommo- dations, supports, and challenges while maintaining high achievement expectations for all students, including students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency; (b) study the feasibility of: (i) incorporating and applying the principles of universal design for learning into the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary and higher education systems in the state with respect to curriculum development; the evaluation, selection, and design of textbooks and other instruc- tional materials; the purchase and use of technology for instructional purposes; teacher preparation and staff development; the development of classroom, district, and statewide assessments; and state grants; and (ii) evaluating the implementation of the incorporation and applica- tion of universal design for learning principles and the effect on student outcomes; (c) make recommendations relating to the incorporation of the princi- ples of universal design for learning by county boards of education in the development of local school system policies and procedures; and (d) draft and recommend proposed legislation and regulations incorpo- rating the findings of the task force. S 6. The task force shall make a report of its findings to the gover- nor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assem- bly, within six months of the date of the task force's first meeting. Such report shall include recommendations for further action and legis- lation. S 7. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011 and shall expire and be deemed repealed one year after such date.