Relates to grants for universal prekindergarten.
Ayes (62): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the education law, in relation to grants for universal prekindergarten
This bill would authorize school districts to receive their total universal pre-kindergarten allocation pursuant to 3602-e of the education law.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill provides that school districts that submitted corrected data to the State Education Department prior to the enactment of the 2011-12 State budget will be eligible to receive the full amount allowed based on the correction.
Section 2 of the bill relates to technical language necessary to correctly calculate maintenance of effort.
JUSTIFICATION: School districts that have unknowingly or inadvertently incorrectly filled out the documentation to receive Universal Pre-Kindergarten funding for the State Education Department need an avenue to revise their paperwork without the penalty of withheld funding. Furthermore correcting the MOE provision to better reflect those students attending in the current year will help districts to receive the appropriate amount of funding for those children they are serving.
This bill would have no direct fiscal implications for the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill would take effect immediately, with provisions.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5722 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 13, 2011 ___________Introduced by COMMITTEE ON RULES -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to grants for universal prekindergarten THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The opening paragraph of subdivision 10 of section 3602-e of the education law, as amended by section 38 of part A of chapter 58 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, for aid payable in the two thousand eight--two thousand nine school year, the grant to each eligible school district for universal prekindergarten aid shall be computed pursuant to this subdivision, and for the two thousand nine-- two thousand ten and two thousand ten--two thousand eleven school years, each school district shall be eligible for a maximum grant equal to the amount computed for such school district for the base year in the elec- tronic data file produced by the commissioner in support of the two thousand nine--two thousand ten education, labor and family assistance budget, provided, however, that in the case of a district implementing programs for the first time or implementing expansion programs in the two thousand eight--two thousand nine school year where such programs operate for a minimum of ninety days in any one school year as provided in section 151-1.4 of the regulations of the commissioner, for the two thousand nine--two thousand ten and two thousand ten--two thousand elev- en school years, such school district shall be eligible for a maximum grant equal to the amount computed pursuant to paragraph a of subdivi- sion nine of this section in the two thousand eight--two thousand nine school year, and for the two thousand eleven--two thousand twelve and two thousand twelve--two thousand thirteen school years each school district shall be eligible for a maximum grant equal to the amount set forth for such school district as "UNIVERSAL PREKINDERGARTEN" under theEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13122-01-1 S. 5722 2
heading "2011-12 ESTIMATED AIDS" in the school aid computer listing produced by the commissioner in support of the enacted budget for the 2011-12 school year and entitled "SA111-2", PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT WHERE A SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS SUBMITTED CORRECTED DATA TO THE DEPARTMENT PRIOR TO THE ENACTMENT OF CHAPTER FIFTY-EIGHT OF THE LAWS OF TWO THOU- SAND ELEVEN AND SUCH CORRECTED DATA IS NOT REFLECTED IN SUCH COMPUTER LISTING, THE MAXIMUM GRANT AWARD SHALL BE ADJUSTED TO REFLECT SUCH CORRECTED DATA, and provided further that the maximum grant shall not exceed the total actual grant expenditures incurred by the school district in the current school year as approved by the commissioner. S 2. Subdivision 11 of section 3602-e of the education law, as amended by section 19 of part B of chapter 57 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows: 11. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision ten of this section, where the district serves fewer children during the current year than THE LESSER OF THE CHILDREN SERVED in the base year OR THE MAXIMUM AIDA- BLE PREKINDERGARTEN PUPILS COMPUTED FOR THE CURRENT YEAR, the school district shall have its apportionment reduced in an amount proportional to such deficiency in the current year or in the succeeding school year, as determined by the commissioner, except such reduction shall not apply to school districts which have fully implemented a universal pre-kinder- garten program by making such program available to all eligible chil- dren. Expenses incurred by the school district in implementing a pre- kindergarten program plan pursuant to this subdivision shall be deemed ordinary contingent expenses. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that section two of this act shall be deemed to have been in full force and effect on and after July 1, 2010; and provided further that section one of this act shall take effect on the same date and in the same manner as section 38 of part A of chapter 58 of the laws of 2011, takes effect.