Requires the commissioner of education to reschedule cancelled regents examinations within 20 business days of the original date.
Ayes (62): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (1): Squadron
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to rescheduling regents examinations
PURPOSE: Requires the Commissioner of Education to reschedule cancelled Regents examinations.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one amends section 305 of the education law by adding a new subdivision 43.
Section two is the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Currently the State Education Commissioner has the authority to reschedule Regent exams at their discretion. For example, the Commissioner could decide to reschedule an exam months after the original exam was cancelled. This is not fair to the students who put a lot of study time and effort toward preparing for the exam. The longer the exam is delayed and eventually rescheduled, the more difficult it is for students to retain the information they learned in preparation for the exam. It also places a burden on teachers who have worked hard on instructing their students to prepare for the exam and it takes away the teachers ability to focus on their regular course of instruction that is required for the rest of the year; therefore, this bill is necessary to ensure that there is a uniform statewide statute and timeline for the Commissioner of Education to reschedule Regents examinations.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.2803 - Referred to Education / A.6597 Referred to Education 2011: Died on 3rd Reading Calendar A.6597 Referred to Education
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2489 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 17, 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 rescheduling regents examinations THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 43 to read as follows: 43. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL RESCHEDULE, WITHIN TWENTY BUSINESS DAYS, ANY REGENTS EXAMINATION THAT WAS CANCELLED FOR ANY REASON. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03995-01-3