Enacts the school bus mandate relief act authorizing school districts, in their discretion, to provide student transportation based upon patterns of actual ridership.
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TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to enacting the school bus mandate relief act
PURPOSE: This bill would allow school boards to reduce the number of seats available to pupils on school buses, if there is a consistent three year pattern of eligible pupils not taking the school bus to school provided by the school district.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 - Creates the title of the bill, "The School Bus Mandate Relief Act."
Section 2 - Adds Subdivision 8 to § 3635 of the Education, to allow the option to the board of education of a school district to reduce the number of seats available on school transportation provided by the district, if there is a documented history of the actual number of riders in each of the preceding three years showing a consistent pattern of eligible pupils not using the transportation provided by the district. Nothing in this section will reduce the number of seats available for students currently in need of transportation. Additionally school districts opting to offer transportation based on the pattern of actual ridership must place such plans on the school district's website before August 15th of each school year.
Section 3 - Sets is the enacting date.
JUSTIFICATION: Many school districts have complained that they are required to provide under existing law many more seats on bus transportation that are actually needed as evidenced by student ridership. Schools are experiencing budget cuts and more pressure than ever to save money and seek efficiencies. This bill provides mandate relief in an area that is of high cost to school districts, namely transportation.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4434--A Cal. No. 369 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. MARTINS -- 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 AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to enacting the school bus mandate relief act THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "school bus mandate relief act". S 2. Section 3635 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 8 to read as follows: 8. A BOARD OF EDUCATION MAY, AT ITS DISCRETION, PROVIDE STUDENT TRANSPORTATION BASED UPON PATTERNS OF ACTUAL RIDERSHIP. THE ACTUAL RIDERSHIP SHALL BE BASED UPON THE HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE THAT YIELDS A CONSISTENT PATTERN OF ELIGIBLE PUPILS NOT USING DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION; OR MODELING OF FUTURE RIDERSHIP; OR THE SHARING OF TRANSPORTATION REGIONALLY; OR OTHER CRITERIA DETERMINED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT ENSURES THAT ALL STUDENTS IN NEED OF TRANSPORTATION RECEIVE IT. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL REDUCE OR RELIEVE SCHOOL DISTRICTS FROM THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION TO STUDENTS OTHERWISE ELIGI- BLE AND ACTUALLY IN NEED OF SUCH TRANSPORTATION. ANY SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT, AT ITS DISCRETION, HAS ELECTED TO PROVIDE STUDENT TRANSPORTATION BASED UPON PATTERNS OF ACTUAL RIDERSHIP SHALL PLACE SUCH PLANS ON THE SCHOOL DISTRICT'S WEBSITE ON OR BEFORE AUGUST FIFTEENTH OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IN WHICH THE TRANSPORTATION PLAN WILL BE IMPLEMENTED. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10608-02-1