Requires charter schools to provide notice of probationary status or received remedial action plan.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to parental notification when charter schools are placed on probation or receive a remedial action plan
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Requires charter schools to provide notice to parents of their probatory status or received remedial action plan.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The Education law is a mended by adding a new section 2855-a.
The legislation will require a charter school on probation to disclose that they are under probation and are currently following a remedial action plan to remain open. The legislation was sparked by recent incidents involving Citizens of the World Charter School. The school continued to recruit parents after they had been placed on probation without providing any notification.
Clearly, non-notification is a purposeful omission of important information by the school. When charter schools attempt to recruit parents without informing them that their school is on probation, they are potentially jeopardizing the future of these families, if they do in fact enroll and the school is closed shortly thereafter. Students could potentially be left with no school to go to, especially if a school closes and the public school they left is now at capacity.
Families should be able to make informed decisions, and this legislation will certainly assist the process.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New for 2013-14.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5998 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE November 27, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. DILAN -- 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 parental notification when charter schools are placed on probation or receive a remedial action plan THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 2855-a to read as follows: S 2855-A. PARENTAL NOTIFICATION. 1. PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIANS OF CHILDREN WHO ARE ENROLLED IN CHARTER SCHOOLS OR WHOM THE SCHOOLS ARE ATTEMPTING TO RECRUIT SHALL BE NOTIFIED WHEN SUCH SCHOOLS MAY BE PLACED ON PROBATION OR RECEIVE A REMEDIAL ACTION PLAN FROM THE CHARTER ENTITY OR REGENTS. 2. THE TERM "CHARTER SCHOOL" SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS DEFINED IN THIS CHAPTER. 3. SUCH NOTICE SHALL BE GRANTED WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF ACTUAL NOTICE OF SUCH A SCHOOL'S STATUS. 4. AS SCHOOLS PROVIDE NOTICE, THEY SHALL DISCLOSE THEIR PROBATIONARY STATUS AND REMEDIAL ACTION PLAN TO REMAIN OPEN. 5. SUCH PROVIDED NOTICE SHALL BE WRITTEN AND SENT VIA POSTAL MAIL TO THE PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIANS. IN THE EVENT OF DUAL CUSTODY SITUATIONS, THE SCHOOLS SHALL PROVIDE WRITTEN NOTICE TO BOTH PARENTS IF THEIR ADDRESSES ARE ON FILE WITH THE SCHOOL. 6. SCHOOLS SHALL ALSO DISCLOSE THEIR PROBATIONARY STATUS IN A DATABASE THAT SHALL BE UPDATED EVERY TWO WEEKS. IN THIS DATABASE, CHARTER SCHOOLS SHALL DISCLOSE ANY PROBATIONARY STATUS AND REMEDIAL ACTION PLANS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13121-01-3