Bill S1411-2013

Requires that the NYS board of regents holds at least 2 meetings a year in New York city

Requires that the NYS board of regents hold at least 2 meetings a year in New York city and requires announcements of the time, date, location and agenda thereof.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S1411

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to monthly meetings of the New York state board of regents

PURPOSE: To encourage the parents of New York City students to attend and participate in New York State Board of Regents meetings by requiring at least two meetings each year to be held in New York City.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends section 204 of the education law by adding two new subsections to the law.

New subsection 3 requires that the Board of Regents hold at least two meetings each year in a city having a population of one million or more (New York City). These meetings will he held at. time that will allow for parental attendance and participation.

The Regents must announce the time, location, and agenda of these meetings. These announcements will be made available on the Regents' public website as well as the NYC Department of Education website. The NYC Department of Education shall also much these announcements to parent education advocates, teachers, principals, and school administrators.

At each Regents meeting held in NYC, there will be a period of time not less than 30 minutes prior to any board or committee action during which members of the public may speak on any topic on the agenda.

Committee meetings will be webcast in the same manner as general board meetings.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill is a response in part to requests made by parent education associations for more input into decisions made by the New York State Board of Regents, the governing body for the state education system. Enactment of this bill would allow parents direct access to policy changes and other relevant information that would affect their children's education. This bill will increase transparency and accountability when it comes to decisions made at the state level that impact all stakeholders in the education system, including students, parents, and teachers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-2012: S.6322 - Died in Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect 120 days after it becomes law. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or

regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on or before such date.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1411 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. MONTGOMERY, ADAMS, ADDABBO, AVELLA, KRUEGER, PARKER, SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to monthly meetings of the New York state board of regents THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 204 of the education law is amended to read as follows: S 204. Meetings and absences. 1. The regents may provide for regular meetings, and the chancellor, or the commissioner of education, or any five regents, may at any time call a special meeting of the board of regents and fix the time and place therefor; and at least ten days' notice of every meeting shall be mailed to the usual address of each regent. 2. If any regent shall fail to attend three consecutive meetings, without excuse accepted as satisfactory by the regents, he may be deemed to have resigned and the regents shall then report the vacancy to the legislature, which shall fill it. 3. A. THE REGENTS SHALL HOLD AT LEAST TWO MEETINGS IN EACH CALENDAR YEAR IN A CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE. SUCH MEETINGS SHALL BE HELD AT A TIME TO ENSURE PARENTAL ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION. B. (I) THE REGENTS SHALL ANNOUNCE THE LOCATION, TIME AND AGENDA OF EACH MEETING TO BE HELD IN A CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE WHENEVER SUCH MEETING IS SCHEDULED, BUT NOT LATER THAN THREE WEEKS BEFORE THE MEETING DATE TO ALLOW ADEQUATE TIME FOR PUBLIC REVIEW. PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT IF AN AGENDA FOR ANY SUCH MEETING IS NOT AVAIL- ABLE, SUCH AGENDA SHALL BE ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. (II) SUCH ANNOUNCEMENTS SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE ON THE REGENTS' PUBLIC WEBSITE AND THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WEBSITE IN THE
SAME MANNER AS OTHER PUBLIC MEETINGS ARE ANNOUNCED. THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SHALL INFORM PARENT EDUCATION ADVOCATES, TEACH- ERS, PRINCIPALS AND OTHER SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS OF THE LOCATION, TIME AND AGENDA OF SUCH MEETINGS HELD IN A CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE TERM "PARENT EDUCATION ADVOCATES" SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO PARENT ASSOCI- ATIONS, PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATIONS, SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAMS, PRESIDENTS COUNCILS, DISTRICT LEADERSHIP TEAMS AND CITYWIDE AND COMMUNITYWIDE EDUCATION COUNCILS. C. AT EACH MEETING OF THE REGENTS HELD IN A CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE, THE PUBLIC SHALL BE ALLOTTED A PERIOD OF TIME, NOT LESS THAN THIRTY MINUTES, TO SPEAK ON ANY TOPIC ON THE AGENDA. THE PUBLIC SPEAKING PERIOD SHALL TAKE PLACE PRIOR TO ANY BOARD OR COMMITTEE ACTION. 4. EVERY COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE REGENTS SHALL BE WEBCAST IN THE SAME MANNER AS GENERAL BOARD MEETINGS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend- ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen- tation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on or before such date.

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