Allows a principal employed by a certain district to make a written request to the board of education for an extended leave of absence to teach at a charter school.
Ayes (15): Flanagan, Farley, Lanza, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Seward, Addabbo, Avella, Breslin, Serrano, Stavisky
Nays (1): Montgomery
Excused (2): Oppenheimer, Huntley
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to allowing a principal employed by a district to make a written request to the board of education for an extended leave of absence to teach at a charter school
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would allow Principals to take a leave of absence of up to three years to work in a Charter School while maintaining their right to return to work in a public school.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill amends Section 2854 of the Education Law to add Principals to the list of persons eligible to take a leave of absence from their place of employment to work in a Charter School.
Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Charter Schools were established for several reasons, including the use of innovative teaching methods and new educational designs with the intention of sharing best practices with public schools.
When the law was enacted in 1998, they recognized that one of the best ways to share best practices between charter schools and public schools is by allowing individuals to work in Charter Schools and learn firsthand, while retaining to right to return to work in a public school.
Under existing law1 only teachers were authorized to take a leave of absence to work in a Charter School. This bill would expand this authority to also include Principals 1 affording them the same opportunity as teachers.
The importance of school principals in leading the success of any school is well established. This measure will ensure that the transfer of best practices and new techniques for creative leadership are enabled, in order that more schools might benefit from the lessons of charter school innovation.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE.HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None
EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5691--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 10, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. FLANAGAN -- 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 to amend the education law, in relation to allowing a principal employed by a district to make a written request to the board of education for an extended leave of absence to teach at a charter school THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (d) of subdivision 3 of section 2854 of the education law, as amended by section 6 of part D-2 of chapter 57 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows: (d) A teacher OR A PRINCIPAL employed by a school district may make a written request to the board of education for an extended leave of absence, IN THE CASE OF A TEACHER, to teach at a charter school OR, IN THE CASE OF A PRINCIPAL, TO SERVE AS PRINCIPAL OF A CHARTER SCHOOL. Approval for such a leave of absence for a period of three years or less shall not be unreasonably withheld. If such approval is granted to a teacher by the school district, the teacher may return to teach in the school district during such period of leave without the loss of any right of certification, retirement, seniority, salary status or any other benefit provided by law or by collective bargaining agreement. IF SUCH APPROVAL IS GRANTED TO A PRINCIPAL BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, THE PRINCIPAL MAY RETURN TO SERVE AS A PRINCIPAL IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT DURING SUCH PERIOD OF LEAVE WITHOUT THE LOSS OF ANY RIGHT OF CERTIF- ICATION, RETIREMENT, SENIORITY, SALARY STATUS OR ANY OTHER BENEFIT PROVIDED BY LAW OR BY COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT. If an appropriate position is unavailable, the teacher's OR PRINCIPAL'S name shall be placed on a preferred eligible list of candidates for appointment to a vacancy that may thereafter occur in an office or position similar to the one such teacher OR PRINCIPAL filled in such school district imme- diately prior to the leave of service. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10124-03-1