Requires the display and distribution of the parental bill of rights by the city school district of the city of New York.
Ayes (26): Kruger, Krueger, Stachowski, Oppenheimer, Montgomery, Parker, Stavisky, Dilan, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson, Breslin, Diaz, Espada, Klein, Perkins, Valesky, Peralta, Volker, Padavan, Seward, Hannon, Larkin, Leibell, Maziarz, Marcellino, Robach
Ayes W/R (7): Duane, DeFrancisco, Johnson O, LaValle, Saland, Farley, Nozzolio
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the display and distribution of the parental bill of rights in the city school district of the city of New York
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Provide and inform parents what rights they have concerning their children in New York City Schools.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section One. Requirements. Section Two. Effective Date.
JUSTIFICATION: The New York City Department of Education currently produces a 'Parent's Bill of Rights and Responsibilities', which outlines parents rights when it comes to public schools. Such rights include, but are not limited to, the access of information regarding students, the right to have input on their children's education and their children's right to education. As well as these rights, parental responsibilities are included in this publication. At this time, these rights and responsibilities are only available to parents who request them or research on their own. This ends up excluding many parents who have little computer expertise and/or are unfamiliar with the school system in New York City. In order to insure that some of our most vulnerable children, those of recent immigrants who do not speak English in their household, have the same access and opportunity to a quality education as any other child, this bill seeks to address the information gap presented to these families. This bill requires all New York City Public schools to post this bill of rights and responsibilities in a prominent area within the lobby of said schools in both English and Spanish. This bill also requires that the city make available to parents and parental guardians these rights and responsibilities on an annual basis. These rights and responsibilities shall also be made available in the native language of the parent or guardians and the languages should include, but not be limited to, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Italian, Greek, Yiddish, Creole, Rausa, Yoruba, Arabic, Farsi, Pashtun, Urdu, and Portugese.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2007 - A.630 2006 - A.11156
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The fiscal implications are minimal. The New York City Department of Education currently distributes the Parental Bill of Rights to parents as it is contained in the student handbook. The Bill of Rights is posted on the DOE website in multiple languages which will enable school personnel to readily print a copy to satisfy a specific parent request.
This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5452--A 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 6, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. HUNTLEY, ADAMS, HASSELL-THOMPSON, PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education -- recommitted to the Committee on Education in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit- tee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the display and distribution of the parental bill of rights in the city school district of the city of New York THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 2590-h of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 15-a to read as follows: 15-A. REQUIRE ALL SCHOOLS WITHIN THE CITY DISTRICT TO DISPLAY THE PARENTAL BILL OF RIGHTS, PROVIDED FOR IN SUBDIVISION FIFTEEN OF THIS SECTION, IN A PROMINENT PLACE WITHIN THE LOBBY AREA OF EACH SUCH SCHOOL. THE DISPLAY OF THE PARENTAL BILL OF RIGHTS SHALL BE DISPLAYED IN BOTH ENGLISH AND SPANISH. THE CHANCELLOR SHALL ALSO REQUIRE ALL SCHOOLS WITHIN THE CITY DISTRICT TO MAKE AVAILABLE, ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, A COPY OF THE PARENTAL BILL OF RIGHTS TO PARENTS OR PERSONS IN PARENTAL RELATION TO CHILDREN ATTENDING SCHOOLS WITHIN THE CITY DISTRICT. SUCH COPIES SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE IN INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS TO THE PARENTS OR PERSONS IN PARENTAL RELATION TO THE CHILDREN ATTENDING SCHOOLS WITHIN THE CITY DISTRICT IN THE LANGUAGE SPOKEN BY SUCH PARENTS OR PERSONS. SUCH LANGUAGES SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, RUSSIAN, MANDARIN, CANTONESE, KOREAN, ITALIAN, GREEK, YIDDISH, CREOLE, HAUSA, YORUBA, ARABIC, FARSI, PASHTUN, URDU AND PORTUGESE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that: (a) effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act onEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00152-04-0 S. 5452--A 2
its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date; and (b) the amendments to section 2590-h of the education law made by section one of this act shall survive the expiration and reversion of such section as provided in section 17 of chapter 345 of the laws of 2009, as amended.