Relates to the composition of community district education councils by permitting membership of parents of former students.
BILL NUMBER:S2283 REVISED 1/28/13
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the composition of community district education councils
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would expand the pool of eligible parents for membership on the City-wide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL), and would therefore widen parent participation and help fill vacancies.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one of the bill would amend Education Law section 2950-b(5)(a)(i), which sets out the qualifications for parent members of the City-wide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL). Under current law, the nine parent members of the CCELL must be parents of students who are in a bilingual or ELL program. This bill would expand eligibility to parents of students who have been in such a program within the last two years, thus permitting parents of former ELL students to serve on the CCELL.
JUSTIFICATION: The City-wide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL) is established by subdivision 5 of Education Law section 2590-b. It is to consist of 11 voting members and one non-voting member. The 11 voting members are to include 9 parents of current ELL students and 2 members appointed by the NYC Public Advocate. The non-voting member is to be a high school senior who is or has been an ELL student.
It has been difficult to fill all of the parent member vacancies, and at the start of the 2011-2013 term, the CCELL did not even have enough members to have a quorum for convening a meeting. While some interim actions have been taken to resolve that issue, the CCELL itself recognizes the difficulty in recruiting parents who are eligible to serve and had suggested that the law and the Chancellors regulations be interpreted to permit parents of former ELL students to serve on the CCELL. (Resolution 003 dated February 7, 2012). The NYC Department of Education has stated that current law does not permit such an interpretation. (Letter dated April 17, 2012 to Assemblymember O'Donnell). This legislation would address the recruitment problem by expanding eligibility to parents who have recent experience with ELL programs, and whose children have achieved sufficient language proficiency to move out of ELL programs.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None, New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2283 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 15, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- 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 the composition of community district education councils THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) of subdivision 5 of section 2590-b of the education law, as added by chapter 345 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: (i) nine voting members who shall be parents of students who are in a bilingual or English as a second language program conducted pursuant to section thirty-two hundred four of this chapter, SOME OF WHOM MAY BE PARENTS OF STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN IN SUCH A PROGRAM WITHIN THE PRECEDING TWO YEARS, to be selected by parents of students who receive such services pursuant to a representative process developed by the chancel- lor. Such members shall serve a two year term; S 2. This act shall take effect immediately, provided, however, that the amendments to subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) of subdivision 5 of section 2590-b of the education law made by section one of this act shall not affect the repeal of such subdivision and shall be deemed to repeal therewith.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02593-01-3