Bill S3075-2011

Establishes a parent and student training center within the City University of New York

Establishes a parent and student training center within the City University of New York.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • Feb 8, 2011: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S3075

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the education law, in relation to establishing a parent and student training center within the City University of New York

PURPOSE:

Adds section 2590-v to the Education Law to create parent and student training centers operated by the City University of New York for all five boroughs. The parent and student training centers will design and implement programs for parental engagement within public schools, by conducting training and support programs for parents to increase their capacity to participate in school governance. The centers will also conduct outreach to increase parental diversity in school governance, assist parents and students in interacting with city school personal and developing an understanding of the New York Department of Education. Priority in designing and implementing programs will be given to schools with low academic achievement or with a high density of English language learning students.

JUSTIFICATION:

When parent participation is facilitated, there is a notable difference in how parents involve themselves in their children's education and schools. While it is well documented that parental involvement makes a difference in a child's education, New York City does not have an aggressive model to support parental participation. The parent and student training centers established by this bill are necessary to advance and facilitate parental engagement, especially in families with limited means. Many times parents don't know how to navigate the school system. The parent and student training center will provide parents with the know-how to become actively involved.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.6107/A.9159 2009 - Passed Senate 2010 - Referred to Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to the state.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediate.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3075 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 8, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. HUNTLEY -- 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 establishing a parent and student training center within the City University of New York 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 2590-v to read as follows: S 2590-V PARENT TRAINING. 1. THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK SHALL OPERATE A PARENT AND STUDENT TRAINING CENTER, KNOWN AS THE PARENT TRAIN- ING CENTER ("CENTER") FOR THE SUPPORT AND TRAINING OF PARENTS OR PERSONS IN PARENTAL RELATION TO A STUDENT OR STUDENTS ATTENDING PUBLIC SCHOOL IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK. SUCH TRAINING SHALL OCCUR IN EACH OF THE FIVE BOROUGHS. THE CENTER SHALL DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT PROGRAMS FOR PARENT ENGAGEMENT WITHIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, COORDINATING, WHERE APPROPRIATE, WITH THE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK. THE CENTER SHALL: (A) CONDUCT TRAINING AND SUPPORT PROGRAMS FOR PARENTS IN ORDER TO INCREASE THEIR CAPACITY TO PARTICIPATE IN AND ENGAGE WITH LOCAL, DISTRICT, AND CITY-WIDE SCHOOL GOVERNANCE AND PARTICIPATORY STRUCTURES DESIGNED TO SUPPORT AND INCLUDE PARENTAL AND STUDENT INPUT INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAMS, COMMUNITY EDUCATION COUNCILS, DISTRICT LEADERSHIP TEAMS, PARENT ASSOCIATIONS, CITY-WIDE COUNCILS AND OTHER EXISTING FORMAL GOVERNANCE AND PARTICIPATORY STRUCTURES DESIGNED TO SUPPORT AND INCLUDE PARENTAL AND STUDENT INPUT; (B) CONDUCT OUTREACH AND RECRUITMENT TO INCREASE DIVERSITY IN THE ABOVE LISTED GOVERNANCE AND PARTICIPATORY STRUCTURES TO BETTER REFLECT THE DIVERSE COMPOSITION OF THE REPRESENTED COMMUNITY, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON PROVIDING RESOURCES AND TRAINING IN COMMUNITY DISTRICTS WHERE GRADU- ATION AND RETENTION RATES ARE IN THE LOWER HALF OF THE CITY-WIDE GRADU- ATION AND RETENTION RATES;
(C) IMPLEMENT PROGRAMS TO ENHANCE PARENTS' ABILITY TO SUPPORT STUDENTS' EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS, INCLUDING SUPPORT FOR PARENTS TO HELP THEM COMMUNICATE WITH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS, TRACK THEIR CHILD'S PERFORMANCE, AND FOSTER AN ENVIRONMENT FOR LEARNING AT HOME; (D) ASSIST PARENTS AND STUDENTS IN INTERACTING WITH CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT PERSONNEL AND IN DEVELOPING AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE FUNCTION, STRUCTURE AND OPERATIONS OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF EDUCA- TION, INCLUDING PROVIDING BASIC INFORMATION CONCERNING SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS, GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS, ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER PROGRAMS, SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT STRATEGIES, SCHOOL BUDGET, ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES, AND STATE AND CITY STRUCTURES AND POLICIES THAT IMPACT EDUCATION, AND THE EFFECT OF SUCH STRATEGIES, PROCEDURES, STRUCTURES AND POLICIES ON THE EDUCATION BEING PROVIDED BY THE STUDENT'S SCHOOL; (E) ENCOURAGE STUDENT BASED COLLEGE COUNSELING INITIATIVES DESIGNED TO INCREASE THE RATE OF COLLEGE ENROLLMENT AND TRAIN STUDENTS TO BECOME YOUTH LEADERS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO STUDENT SUCCESS CENTERS. 2. PRIORITY IN DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING PROGRAMS SHALL BE GIVEN TO SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS IN WHICH THERE IS LOW OVERALL ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT BY STUDENTS OR WHICH HAVE A HIGH DENSITY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING STUDENTS OR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES. SCHOOLS WITH INEFFECTIVE PARENT ASSOCI- ATIONS OR WITHOUT PARENT ASSOCIATIONS SHALL RECEIVE TARGET SUPPORT. 3. UPON REQUEST BY THE CENTER, THE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL PROVIDE THE CENTER WITH NAMES AND CONTACT INFORMATION OF THE OFFICERS OF PARENT ASSOCIATIONS, MEMBERS OF COUNCILS OF PRESIDENTS, MEMBERS OF THE CHANCELLOR'S PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL, MEMBERS OF COMMUNITY EDUCATION COUNCILS, MEMBERS OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAMS, MEMBERS OF DISTRICT LEAD- ERSHIP TEAMS, AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY-WIDE COUNCILS, PROVIDED THIS INFORMATION IS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE. 4. THE CENTER SHALL BE STRICTLY NON-PARTISAN, SHALL NOT ENGAGE IN ISSUES OF ADVOCACY, AND SHALL REMAIN NEUTRAL IN ALL POLICY MATTERS AND DISPUTES. 5. THE CITY OF NEW YORK SHALL PROVIDE ANNUAL FUNDING TO THE CENTER IN AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO THAT PROVIDED IN AN APPROPRIATION BY THE STATE, BUT NOT TO EXCEED EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS PER YEAR. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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