Directs the commissioner of education to pay the Uniondale union free school district the full amount of state reimbursement to such district, notwithstanding the failure of the California Avenue school in such school district to be in session 180 days during the 2012 - 2013 school year.
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TITLE OF BILL: An act to direct the commissioner of education to pay the Uniondale union free school district its full state aid apportionment notwithstanding the failure of the California Avenue school to be in session 180 days during the 2012--2013 school year
Ensures Uniondale Union Free School District does not receive a reduction despite the failure of the elementary school to be in session 180 days.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one provides that the Commissioner of Education is authorized to disregard the reduction of state aid required by Education Law 3604 due to the elementary school being in attendance for only 179 days.
Section two provides that this act shall take effect immediately.
Education Law § 3604 provides that, in apportionment of state funds, no school district shall be entitled to any portion of such school moneys on such apportionment unless the school was in session for 180 days. On May 17th, the Uniondale elementary school located on California Avenue was forced to close due to the home invasion that occurred across the street from the school, which tragically led to the death of a Hofstra student and the intruder. These events occurred in the early morning hours and the California Avenue school became part of a crime scene used by the police during the course of the criminal investigation for the entire day. As a result of Super Storm Sandy, the District had exhausted all of its snow days and was unable to complete the state requirement for the academic calendar year. This legislation will ensure the District is not penalized for failing to meet the 180 day requirement as such failure was due to no fault of the school district.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5781 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 14, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. HANNON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to direct the commissioner of education to pay the Uniondale union free school district its full state aid apportionment notwith- standing the failure of the California Avenue school to be in session 180 days during the 2012--2013 school year 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 pupils attending the California Avenue school of the Uniondale union free school district were only in attendance for one hundred seventy-nine days in the 2012--2013 school year, due to no fault of such school district, 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 apportionment as if the California Avenue school 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. LBD11423-02-3