Bill S1570A-2013

Relates to the expenditure of pre-kindergarten program grant funds

Relates to the expenditure of prekindergarten program grant funds.

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  • Feb 10, 2014: PRINT NUMBER 1570A
  • Feb 10, 2014: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S1570A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the expenditure of pre-kindergarten program grant funds

PURPOSE:

The Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK) is a State-funded program that provides educationally-based high-quality prekindergarten to four year old children. UPK programs operate for a minimum of 2 1/2 hours per day for five days a week during the school year. This legislation would provide school districts with greater flexibility in the use of their unexpended UPK grants to maximize the number of children who are served.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 would permit a school district which is eligible to receive a UPK grant but unable to fill all of their funded slots the ability to utilize unexpended grant money to create full-day slots, and support the cost of transporting pre-k students.

Section 2 would revise a Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirement that penalizes school districts that provide supplemental funding to serve more students than their UPK grant permits by reducing state aid if they serve fewer students in a subsequent year.

JUSTIFICATION:

Early education programs provide a strong foundation for at-risk children. Research has shown that children who are enrolled in high quality pre-kindergarten programs are less likely to require special education services, repeat grades or drop out of school. However, full implementation of UPK has not been realized. Approximately 220 school districts in the state have yet to implement UPK due primarily to restrictions in how the funding is used. Information reported to the state Education Department has indicated that uncertainty about funding; insufficient per-pupil allocations; parental desire for full-day programs; and the lack of transportation for pre-k program are all barriers to full enrollment. The City of New York was unable to use over $25 million in UPK funding in the 2008-2009 SPY, due to these restrictions. This legislation would allow school districts to more fully utilize their UPK grant and remove disincentives for districts to serve additional students when economically possible.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: S.1580A - Referred to Education S.6777 of 2009-10 - Passed Senate

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

July 1, 2015.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1570--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. PARKER, ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education -- recommitted to the Committee on Education in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the expenditure of pre-kindergarten program grant funds THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 10 of section 3602-e of the education law is amended by adding a new paragraph d to read as follows: D. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY IN THE EVENT A SCHOOL DISTRICT WHICH IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A GRANT UNDER THIS SECTION IS UNABLE TO EXPAND PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS AS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER THEN SUCH DISTRICT SHALL BE PERMITTED TO UTILIZE THE EQUIVALENT OF SUCH UNUSED PRE-KINDERGARTEN GRANT FUNDS FOR LOCAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN INITIATIVES, FULL-DAY PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS AND/OR TRANSPORTATION SERVICES FOR PRE-KINDERGARTEN PUPILS AS APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT SUCH EXCESS MAY NOT BE GENERATED THROUGH A REDUCTION IN PRE-KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS SERVED FROM THOSE SERVED IN THE BASE YEAR. S 2. Subdivision 11 of section 3602-e of the education law, as amended by section 10-b of part A of chapter 57 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows: 11. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision ten of this section, where the district serves fewer children during the current year than PROVIDED FOR BY THE GRANT the lesser of the children served in the two thousand ten--two thousand eleven school year or its base aidable [prek- indergarten] PRE-KINDERGARTEN pupils computed for the two thousand seven--two thousand eight school year, the school district shall have
its apportionment reduced in an amount proportional to such deficiency in the current year or in the succeeding school year, as determined by the commissioner, except such reduction shall not apply to school districts which have fully implemented a universal pre-kindergarten program by making such program available to all eligible children. SUCH REDUCTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO DISTRICTS THAT REDUCE THE NUMBER OF AVAIL- ABLE PRE-KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS SERVED SO LONG AS THE DISTRICT CONTINUES TO SERVE THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN PROVIDED FOR IN THE BASE YEAR. Expenses incurred by the school district in implementing a pre-kindergarten program plan pursuant to this subdivision shall be deemed ordinary contingent expenses. S 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.

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