Requires that school districts establish a gifted and talented program for gifted pupils, and also establishes guidelines as to the development of such programs and the identification of gifted pupils.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring school districts to establish programs for gifted pupils
PURPOSE: The purpose of this legislation is to add a gifted program into every school district in the state.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1: A new section 4454 is added to the education law.
Section 2: Effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: This legislation would require every school district in the State to establish a gifted and talented program for pupils who meet the criteria established in the Education Law. Also required of school districts is the establishment of an ongoing identification process for gifted students starting in kindergarten and continuing until the twelfth grade.
New York State is one of only eight states that fail to mandate Gifted Education and for providence of dedicated funding for Gifted Education. Currently, there is an inequity of sufficient appropriate educational opportunities for gifted students across the state: Some urban and wealthy suburban districts provide sufficient appropriate education to gifted students; many rural and urban districts fail to provide these opportunities.
By offering gifted and talented students an appropriate education, New York State makes itself more attractive for new high technology industries looking for a highly educated work force.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: While some school districts in the state currently have a gifted and talented program, there are many who do not. The fiscal implications are yet to be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3301 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 15, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. ADDABBO -- 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 requiring school districts to establish programs for gifted pupils 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 4454 to read as follows: S 4454. GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM. 1. EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THIS STATE SHALL ESTABLISH A DISTRICT-WIDE GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM FOR PUPILS WHO MEET THE CRITERIA ESTABLISHED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION FORTY-FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO OF THIS ARTICLE, AND SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT APPROPRIATE INSTRUCTIONAL ADAPTATIONS ARE DESIGNED AND DELIVERED FOR SUCH PUPILS. 2. EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL ESTABLISH AN ONGOING IDENTIFICATION PROCESS FOR GIFTED PUPILS INITIATED IN KINDERGARTEN AND REVIEWED ANNUAL- LY THROUGH GRADE TWELVE. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL ENSURE THAT THE IDEN- TIFICATION METHODOLOGY USED IS DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE, NON-DISCRI- MINATORY, AND RELATED TO THE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES OFFERED. 3. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PROVIDE EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT WITH CURRICULUM FRAMEWORKS WHICH SHALL SUGGEST A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES AND STRATEGIES THAT MAY ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL CURRICULA FOR GIFTED PUPILS. SUCH FRAMEWORKS SHALL ADDRESS ADAPTATIONS THAT ARE EDUCATIONALLY CHAL- LENGING FOR GIFTED PUPILS IN CORE SUBJECT AREAS AS IDENTIFIED BY THE DEPARTMENT. 4. IN ADDITION, THE SCHOOL BOARDS OF EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL ENCOURAGE THE ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE COMMUNITY, BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, LABOR, AND HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law; provided, however, that the commissioner of education is authorized to promulgate any rules and regulations necessary for the effective implementation of this act on or before such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07573-01-1