Bill S5842A-2013

Requires parental appeal of placement and educational programs to be provided to a child with a handicapping condition to be determined within 90 days

Requires parental appeal of placement and educational program to be provided to a child with a handicapping condition to be determined within 90 days; requires continued implementation of a unilateral parental placement, once such a placement has been judged to be appropriate.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • Jan 8, 2014: returned to senate
  • Jan 8, 2014: died in assembly
  • Jun 24, 2013: referred to ways and means
  • Jun 21, 2013: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 21, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 20, 2013: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1573
  • Jun 18, 2013: PRINT NUMBER 5842A
  • Jun 18, 2013: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO RULES
  • Jun 17, 2013: REFERRED TO RULES

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BILL NUMBER:S5842A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to determinations of appropriate educational programs for certain students

PURPOSE:

This purpose of this bill is provide for a special education placement process that will help ensure students with disabilities are placed in the appropriate programs and receive resolution of their impartial due process hearing and tuition reimbursement in a timely manner.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS OF BILL:

Section 1 of the bill would require a parent's appeal of a district's special education placement recommendation to be resolved via settlement, or decision of the impartial hearing officer, or by a state review officer, within any applicable time periods prescribed by federal law. This provision would further state that nothing contained within such provision would be deemed to prohibit any parent or school district from seeking judicial review by any court of competent jurisdiction.

It further provides that upon the signing of a written settlement agreement between a child's parent or person in parental relation and the board of education or trustees of a school district or a state agency, or the decision, order or judgment of an impartial hearing officer, state review officer or a court finding that a unilateral parental placement was appropriate and that tuition payment should be granted for such unilateral placement, as provided by section 1412(a)(10)(c) of title 20 of the United States Code and the implementing federal regulations, the amount of such payment and the timeline or schedule for making such payment shall be set forth in any such settlement or decision, order or judgment.

Section 2 of the bill would further require that, upon the signing of a written settlement agreement between a child's parent or person in parental relation and the board of education or trustees of a school district or a state agency, or the decision of an impartial hearing officer, state review officer or a court finding that a unilateral parental placement was appropriate and that tuition payment should be granted for such unilateral placement, such tuition payment shall continue in future years, at the same percentage of the total tuition cost as the previous year's payment, until the committee on special education determines the child's needs can be met in another public or approved private school program and revises the child's individualized education program to recommend such placement; provided however that where the parent or person in parental relation brings a due process proceeding to challenge such revised placement. the unilateral parental placement for which tuition payment was granted shall be the pendency placement.

JUSTIFICATION:

This proposal would provide for a special education placement process that will help ensure students with disabilities are placed in the

appropriate programs, and receive resolution of their impartial due process hearing and tuition reimbursement in a timely manner.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill.

BUDGET IMPLICATIONS:

None noted.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act would take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5842--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 17, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. FELDER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to determinations of appropriate educational programs for certain students THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Item (i) of clause (b) of subparagraph 3 of paragraph b of subdivision 1 of section 4402 of the education law, as amended by chap- ter 378 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows: (i) Make recommendations based upon a written evaluation setting forth the reasons for the recommendations, to the child's parent or person in parental relation and board of education or trustees as to appropriate educational programs and placement in accordance with the provisions of subdivision six of section forty-four hundred one-a of this article, and as to the advisability of continuation, modification, or termination of special class or program placements which evaluation shall be furnished to the child's parent or person in parental relation together with the recommendations provided, however that the committee may recommend a placement in a school which uses psychotropic drugs only if such school has a written policy pertaining to such use that is consistent with subdivision four-a of section thirty-two hundred eight of this chapter and that the parent or person in parental relation is given such written policy at the time such recommendation is made. If such recommendation is not acceptable to the parent or person in parental relation, such parent or person in parental relation may appeal such recommendation as provided for in section forty-four hundred four of this [chapter] ARTI- CLE. PROVIDED, FURTHER, THAT A PARENT'S APPEAL OF SUCH RECOMMENDATION SHALL BE RESOLVED, EITHER THROUGH THE GRANTING OR DENIAL OF THE APPEAL BY AN IMPARTIAL HEARING OFFICER, OR BY A STATE REVIEW OFFICER, OR THE
SIGNING OF A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PARENT OR PERSON IN PARENTAL RELATION AND THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OR TRUSTEES OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR A STATE AGENCY, WITHIN ANY APPLICABLE TIME PERIODS PRESCRIBED BY FEDERAL LAW. PROVIDED, FURTHER, THAT NOTHING HEREIN SHALL BE DEEMED TO PROHIBIT ANY PARENT OR SCHOOL DISTRICT FROM SEEKING JUDI- CIAL REVIEW BY ANY COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION. UPON THE SIGNING OF A WRITTEN SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN A CHILD'S PARENT OR PERSON IN PARENTAL RELATION AND THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OR TRUSTEES OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR A STATE AGENCY, OR THE DECISION, ORDER, OR JUDGMENT OF AN IMPARTIAL HEARING OFFICER, STATE REVIEW OFFICER OR A COURT FINDING THAT A UNILATERAL PARENTAL PLACEMENT WAS APPROPRIATE AND THAT TUITION PAYMENT SHOULD BE GRANTED FOR SUCH UNILATERAL PLACEMENT, AS PROVIDED BY SECTION 1412(A)(10)(C) OF TITLE 20 OF THE UNITED STATES CODE AND THE IMPLEMENTING FEDERAL REGULATIONS, THE AMOUNT OF SUCH PAYMENT AND THE TIME LINE OR SCHEDULE FOR MAKING SUCH PAYMENT SHALL BE SET FORTH IN ANY SUCH SETTLEMENT OR DECISION, ORDER, OR JUDGMENT. S 2. Paragraph a of subdivision 1 of section 4404 of the education law is amended by adding a new closing paragraph to read as follows: NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, RULE OR REGULATION TO THE CONTRARY, UPON THE SIGNING OF A WRITTEN SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN A CHILD'S PARENT OR PERSON IN PARENTAL RELATION AND THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OR TRUSTEES OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR A STATE AGENCY, OR THE DECISION OF AN IMPARTIAL HEARING OFFICER, STATE REVIEW OFFICER OR A COURT FINDING THAT A UNILATERAL PARENTAL PLACEMENT WAS APPROPRIATE AND THAT TUITION PAYMENT SHOULD BE GRANTED FOR SUCH UNILATERAL PLACEMENT, SUCH TUITION PAYMENT SHALL CONTINUE IN FUTURE YEARS, AT THE SAME PERCENTAGE OF THE TOTAL TUITION COST AS THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S PAYMENT, UNTIL THE COMMITTEE ON SPECIAL EDUCATION DETERMINES THE CHILD'S NEEDS CAN BE MET IN ANOTHER PUBLIC OR APPROVED PRIVATE SCHOOL PROGRAM AND REVISES THE CHILD'S INDI- VIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM TO RECOMMEND SUCH PLACEMENT; PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT WHERE THE PARENT OR PERSON IN PARENTAL RELATION BRINGS A DUE PROCESS PROCEEDING TO CHALLENGE SUCH REVISED PLACEMENT, THE UNILAT- ERAL PARENTAL PLACEMENT FOR WHICH TUITION PAYMENT WAS GRANTED SHALL BE THE PENDENCY PLACEMENT, AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION FOUR OF SECTION FORTY-FOUR HUNDRED FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that the amendments to clause (b) of subparagraph 3 of paragraph b of subdi- vision 1 of section 4402 of the education law, made by section one of this act, shall not affect the expiration of such clause and shall expire therewith; provided, further, that the amendments to subdivision 1 of section 4404 of the education law, made by section two of this act, shall not affect the expiration of such subdivision and shall expire therewith.

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