Relates to requiring instruction on organ donor awareness in all senior high schools as part of the health education curriculum.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law and the general municipal law, in relation to enacting the education mandate relief act of 2014
PURPOSE: To relieve school districts of burdensome mandates, establish various efficiencies in their operations with a goal of reducing costs.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one of the bill establishes its short title, the Education Mandate Relief Act of 2014.
Section 2 of the bill amends the Education Law, in relation to the effect of mandates on school districts providing that any mandate that becomes effective after the adoption of the school budget shall not be implemented prior to the following school year.
Section 3 of the bill amends the Education Law in relation to shared contracts for transportation services.
Section 4 of the bill repeals paragraph f of subdivision (2-a) of section 1950 of education law in relation to a vacancy in the membership of a board of cooperative educational services.
Section 5 of the bill amends the education law in relation to authorizing boards of cooperative education services to study consolidation and shared services.
Section 6 of the bill amends the education law in relation to adding auditing and internal auditing to the list of BOCES services eligible for state aid reimbursement.
Section 7 of the bill amends the general municipal law in relation to authorizing school districts and boards of cooperative educational services to establish retirement Contribution reserve funds for the purposes of the New York state teachers' retirement system
Section 8 of the bill relates to the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Providing school children with a quality education remains one of the legislature's top priorities. However, current fiscal challenges threaten our ability to sustain the progress that is being made in our classrooms. The provisions of this bill will empower local school districts to increase their efficiency and reduce or control operational costs
so that precious resources can be targeted to instructional programs and reduce property taxes.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.1574A - Referred to Education
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately, with provisions.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1577 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 10, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. OPPENHEIMER, PARKER, SERRANO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to health education instruction on organ donation awareness 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 804-e to read as follows: S 804-E. HEALTH EDUCATION REGARDING ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS. 1. ANY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL IN THE STATE MAY PROVIDE, AS PART OF HEALTH EDUCA- TION, INSTRUCTION DESIGNED TO PROMOTE AWARENESS AND TO INFORM AND DISPEL THE MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS RELATED TO ORGAN DONATION. 2. INSTRUCTION REGARDING ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS MAY BE PART OF A HEALTH EDUCATION COURSE IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS CURRICULUM. STUDENTS MAY BE REQUIRED TO DEMONSTRATE KNOWLEDGE IN THE SUBJECT THROUGH THE USE OF A TEST, GRADED PROJECT OR REPORT, OR ANY OTHER MEANS PRESCRIBED BY THE SCHOOL AUTHORITIES REGARDING ORGAN DONATION. ANY SUCH COURSE SHALL BE TAUGHT BY TEACHERS HOLDING A CERTIFICATE TO TEACH HEALTH. RELATED COURSES IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM SHALL BE TAUGHT IN A MANNER SUPPORTIVE OF HEALTH EDUCATION REGARDING ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS. 3. THE COMMISSIONER MAY PRESCRIBE IN RULES AND REGULATIONS SUCH HEALTH EDUCATION COURSES WHICH INCLUDE INSTRUCTION REGARDING ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS AS THE COMMISSIONER MAY DEEM NECESSARY AND DESIRABLE FOR THE WELFARE OF PUPILS AND THE COMMUNITY. THE CONTENTS MAY BE VARIED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF A PARTICULAR SCHOOL DISTRICT, OR PORTIONS THEREOF, AND NEED NOT BE UNIFORM THROUGHOUT THE STATE, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ANY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE STATE PROVIDING INSTRUCTION ON ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS SHALL UTILIZE EITHER THE CURRICULUM FOR HEALTH EDUCATION INSTRUCTION REGARDING ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS PRESCRIBED BY THE COMMISSIONER OR AEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05295-01-1 S. 1577 2
COURSE APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER IN ACCORDANCE WITH CRITERIA ESTAB- LISHED BY THE COMMISSIONER. 4. SCHOOL AUTHORITIES SHALL PROVIDE THE NEEDED FACILITIES, TIME, AND PLACE FOR THE INSTRUCTION SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION AND SHALL PROVIDE LEARNING AIDS AND CURRICULUM RESOURCE MATERIALS WHICH CONTRIBUTE TO EFFECTIVE TEACHING METHODS AND LEARNING IN HEALTH EDUCATION REGARDING ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.