Removes the cap on funds for teacher resource and computer training centers for city school district for the city of New York.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to funds for teacher resource and computer training centers
PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to make more equitable the funding mechanism for the Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill amends provisions of law pertaining to the Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers by removing the statutory language that places a cap on the amount of funds the New York City public schools are eligible to receive.
JUSTIFICATION: The Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers were established by the Legislature in 1984 to provide teachers with professional development services that would increase their general knowledge of current educational materials and techniques to facilitate enhanced teacher performance. This legislation would remove the cap that unfairly limits the distribution of these funds.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.2580 - 2008 S.967 - 2009 S.2068 - 2011
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6387 IN SENATE February 2, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. RIVERA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to funds for teacher resource and computer training centers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 8 of section 316 of the education law, as amended by section 4-a of part B of chapter 57 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows: 8. Funds provided each school year to school districts and boards of cooperative educational services by the commissioner to plan, establish and operate teacher resource and computer training centers shall not exceed two million dollars per center, except that for the city school district for the city of New York such
[center]FUNDING LIMITATION shall not [exceed sixteen million eight hundred thousand dollars]APPLY; and provided further that each approved center shall receive not less than twenty thousand dollars. In any year in which there is a statewide increase in funding for teacher resource and computer training centers, such increase shall be distributed proportionately among existing centers that have satisfactorily fulfilled the requirements of such centers' current grant. A portion of the increase shall be made avail- able to new applicants to establish new teacher centers, and to current teacher centers to develop and implement regional and statewide teacher center activities. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14334-01-2