Bill S3066-2011

Requires the display and distribution of the parental bill of rights by the city school district of the city of New York

Requires the display and distribution of the parental bill of rights by the city school district of the city of New York.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • Apr 4, 2011: NOTICE OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION - REQUESTED
  • Feb 8, 2011: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S3066

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the display and distribution of the parental bill of rights in the city school district of the city of New York

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Inform parents of the rights they have concerning their children in New York City Schools.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section One: -Requires all New York City public schools to post the 'Parent's Bill of Rights and Responsibilities' in a prominent area within the lobby of said schools in both English and Spanish. -Requires the Chancellor to ensure that all schools make available this bill of rights and responsibilities available to parents and parental guardians on an annual basis in the languages predominantly spoken in the community where the school is located. -Requires that all schools make this bill of rights and responsibilities available to parents and parental guardians upon request in the languages predominantly spoken in the community where the school is located.

Section Two: -Effective Date.

JUSTIFICATION: The New York City Department of Education currently produces a 'Parent's Bill of Rights and Responsibilities', which outlines parents rights when it comes to public schools. Such rights include, but are not limited to, the access of information regarding students, the right to have input on their children's education and their children's right to education. As well as these rights, parental responsibilities are included in this publication.

At this time, these rights and responsibilities are only available to parents who request them or research on their own. This ends up excluding many parents who have little computer expertise and/or are unfamiliar with the school system in New York City. In order to insure that some of our most vulnerable children, including those recent immigrants who do not speak English in their household, have the same access and opportunity to a quality education as any other child, this bill seeks to address the information gap presented to these families.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Senate: 2010: Referred to Education, Reported to Finance, Reported to Rules, Passed Senate 2009: Referred to Education

Assembly:

2010: A.1495 Wright, Referred to Education 2009: A.1495 Wright, Referred to Education 2008: A.630 Wright, Referred to Education 2007: A.630 Wright, Referred to Education 2006: A.11156 Wright, Referred to Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The fiscal implications are minimal. The New York City Department of Education currently distributes the Parental Bill of Rights to parents in the student handbook. The Bill of Rights is posted on the DOE website in multiple languages, which will enable school personnel to readily print a copy to satisfy a specific parent request.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that:

(a) effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date; and

(b) the amendments to section 2590-h of the education law made by section one of this act shall survive the expiration and reversion of such section as provided in section 17 of chapter 345 of the laws of 2009, as amended.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3066 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 8, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. HUNTLEY, ADAMS, HASSELL-THOMPSON, PARKER -- 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 display and distribution of the parental bill of rights in the city school district of the city of New York THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 2590-h of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 15-a to read as follows: 15-A. REQUIRE ALL SCHOOLS WITHIN THE CITY DISTRICT TO DISPLAY THE PARENTAL BILL OF RIGHTS, PROVIDED FOR IN SUBDIVISION FIFTEEN OF THIS SECTION, IN A PROMINENT PLACE WITHIN THE LOBBY AREA OF EACH SUCH SCHOOL. THE PARENTAL BILL OF RIGHTS SHALL BE DISPLAYED IN BOTH ENGLISH AND SPAN- ISH. THE CHANCELLOR SHALL ALSO REQUIRE ALL SCHOOLS WITHIN THE CITY DISTRICT TO MAKE AVAILABLE, ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, A COPY OF THE PARENTAL BILL OF RIGHTS TO PARENTS OR PERSONS IN PARENTAL RELATION TO CHILDREN ATTENDING SCHOOLS WITHIN THE CITY DISTRICT. SUCH COPIES SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PARENTS OR PERSONS IN PARENTAL RELATION TO THE CHILDREN ATTENDING SCHOOLS WITHIN THE CITY DISTRICT IN THE LANGUAGE OR LANGUAGES PREDOMINANTLY SPOKEN IN THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH THE SCHOOL IS LOCATED. COPIES OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS SHALL ALSO BE MADE AVAILABLE IN INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS TO THE PARENTS OR PERSONS IN PARENTAL RELATION TO THE CHILDREN ATTENDING SCHOOLS WITHIN THE CITY DISTRICT IN THE LANGUAGE OR LANGUAGES PREDOMINANTLY SPOKEN IN THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH THE SCHOOL IS LOCATED. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that: (a) effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date; and
(b) the amendments to section 2590-h of the education law made by section one of this act shall survive the expiration and reversion of such section as provided in section 17 of chapter 345 of the laws of 2009, as amended.

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