Authorizes the commissioner of education to disregard a reduction in the apportionment of public money to the Clarkstown central school district.
Ayes (63): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
TITLE OF BILL: An act to authorize the commissioner of education to disregard a reduction in the apportionment of public money to the Clarkstown central school district
PURPOSE: Provides that the Clarkstown central school district shall be entitled to full aid notwithstanding the fact that they were in session for only 179 days.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill provides that, notwithstanding the fact that the Clarkstown central school district was only in session for one hundred seventy-nine days in the 2012-2013 school year, the Commissioner of Education is authorized to disregard the reduction of state aid required pursuant to section 3604 of the Education Law and shall pay the Clarkstown central school district it's apportionment as if it had been in session for the required one hundred eighty days. Section 2 provides the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: The Clarkstown Central School District failed to meet the minimum of 180 session days due to devastating weather conditions caused by Super-Storm Sandy and an unexpected snowstorm on March 8, 2013. Under ordinary circumstances, Education Law requires that districts utilize scheduled vacation days to make-up any days of instruction to fulfill the 180-day requirement. However, Clarkstown was unable to reschedule days during available vacation days during "Spring Break" due to possible infringement of religious practices surrounding the holidays of Passover and Easter. Large numbers of people from both the Jewish and Christian faiths reside in the district, and require those vacation days to observe religious customs and be with their families. Being away from school, and together with family, is an essential part of growing up and is not something that Clarkstown school district was comfortable interrupting by scheduling a make-up day. This legislation will authorize the Commissioner of Education to disregard a reduction in state aid due to the extraordinary and unique circumstances, which caused the school district to be in session only one day less than the required 180. Furthermore this legislation is essential to prevent the burden of lost foundation aid being place on to the local taxpayers.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to state; prevents the loss of $110,000 in aid to the Clarkstown central school district.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 5087 A. 7226 2013-2014 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y May 8, 2013 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Educa- tion IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. ZEBROWSKI -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education AN ACT to authorize the commissioner of education to disregard a reduction in the apportionment of public money to the Clarkstown central school district THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Notwithstanding the fact that the Clarkstown central school district was only in session for one hundred seventy-nine days in the 2012-2013 school year, the commissioner of education is authorized to disregard the reduction of state aid required pursuant to section 3604 of the education law and shall pay such school district its apportion- ment as if the school district had been in session for the required one hundred eighty days. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10793-01-3