Authorizes and empowers school districts to accept gifts, donations and contributions to the district and to solicit the same.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to granting school districts the power to accept and solicit gifts and donations
PURPOSE: This bill provides authorization to school districts to accept and or solicit gifts and donations.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1503-a is added to the education law in order to allow school districts to accept and solicit gifts and donations. The receipt of such gifts, donations, contributions or any other funds will be disregarded for all apportionments, computations, and determinations of state aid.
JUSTIFICATION: Schools districts throughout the state are constantly stretching their state allocated funds to offer students the best possible education. Too often, school administrators have to make tough choices that sacrifice one project or program for another.
Currently school districts are allowed to accept gifts, donations and contributions, but are not allowed to seek them out. This legislation would allow school districts to actively solicit gifts and donations. Acceptance of any such gift would not effect school districts' apportionments, computations and determinations for state aid purposes.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011.12: S.926; 2009-10: S.579; 2008: S.4379; 2003.2004: S.774; 2001-02: S.3643
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1505 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. MARCELLINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to granting school districts the power to accept and solicit gifts and donations 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 1503-a to read as follows: S 1503-A. POWER TO ACCEPT AND SOLICIT GIFTS AND DONATIONS. 1. ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS ORGANIZED EITHER BY SPECIAL LAWS OR PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF A GENERAL LAW ARE HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND EMPOWERED TO ACCEPT GIFTS, DONATIONS, AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DISTRICT AND TO SOLIC- IT THE SAME. 2. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS CHAPTER OR OF ANY OTHER GENERAL OR SPECIAL LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE RECEIPT OF SUCH GIFTS, DONATIONS, CONTRIBUTIONS, AND OTHER FUNDS, AND ANY INCOME DERIVED THERE- FROM, SHALL BE DISREGARDED FOR THE PURPOSES OF ALL APPORTIONMENTS, COMPUTATIONS, AND DETERMINATIONS OF STATE AID. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03248-01-3