Provides that the Rochester city school district may provide transportation to pupils that live more than one-half mile from the school.
TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to the transportation of students in the Rochester city school district
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Notwithstanding any other rule or regulation to the contrary, and specifically 8 NRCRR 156.2 (a), the Rochester city school district may provide transportation to any pupil who lives more than one-half mile from the school. Such routes shall not he included within the calculation of state aid for transportation purposes.
JUSTIFICATION: Currently, pupils who live within 1.5 miles from school have to walk. This poses serious safety concerns to these children. This hill would authorize the Rochester City School District to provide transportation to all pupils who live more than .5 mile from the school without additional cost to the state.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5227--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 14, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT in relation to the transportation of students in the Rochester city school district THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. a. Notwithstanding the provision of any law, rule, or regu- lation to the contrary, including subdivision 1 of section 3635 of the education law, the city school district of the city of Rochester, upon approval of a vote by the board of education of a plan which describes fiscal and educational outcomes and implementation strategy and notifi- cation to the commissioner of education by February 1, 2014, may enter into a transportation pilot program for a period not to exceed five school years beginning with the 2014-2015 school year to provide trans- portation services for children attending grades kindergarten through 3 in the 2014-2015 school year, and for children attending kindergarten through 6 in the 2015-2016 school year and subsequent years, and who live more than one-half mile and less than fifteen miles from the school which they legally attend provided such transportation, if offered, shall be offered equally to all children in like circumstances residing in the district. b. For the purposes of computing approved transportation expenses for transportation aid for transportation provided under this pilot program, expenses for transportation provided pursuant to this pilot program for children attending grades kindergarten through 3 in the 2014-2015 school year, and for children attending kindergarten through 6 in the 2015-2016 school year and subsequent years, who live more than one-half mile and less than fifteen miles from the school which they legally attend shall be included. Transportation expenses shall be reimbursed pursuant toEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10131-04-3 S. 5227--A 2
subdivision 7 of section 3602 of the education law during such pilot period in an amount not to exceed the 2013-2014 approved transportation aid amount pursuant to such subdivision seven. c. In the event costs for providing transportation for children that would otherwise be aidable without this pilot program increase due to enrollment changes or other customary increases in cost as defined in regulation by the commissioner of education, the city school district of the city of Rochester may apply to the commissioner of education for a waiver to receive additional transportation aid in excess of the 2013-2014 transportation aid amount during the pilot program for services that would otherwise be allowable transportation expenses. d. The city school district of the city of Rochester shall provide a report to the commission of education on the results of the first four years of the pilot program, including data that describes the costs and benefits of the program, by September 30, 2018. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.