Requires the commissioner of education to reschedule cancelled regents examinations within 20 business days of the original date.
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: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3803--B 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 4, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading -- recommitted to the Commit- tee on Education in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee 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. LBD09983-07-2