Bill S6472A-2013

Relates to the common core state standards initiative and the race to the top program

Provides for a three year moratorium for the common core state standards initiative and the race to the top program; directs the department of education to prepare a curriculum in accordance with such common core standards and to instruct teachers to educate students.

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Actions

  • Apr 30, 2014: RECOMMIT, ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN
  • Feb 6, 2014: PRINT NUMBER 6472A
  • Feb 6, 2014: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • Jan 28, 2014: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6472A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the common core state standards initiative and the race to the top program

PURPOSE OF THE BILL: This legislation will impose a 3 year moratorium on the implementation of the common core state standards.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends the education law by adding a new section 115 that discontinues the implementation of the common core state standards developed by the common core state standards initiative for a period of three years. During the moratorium period the State Education Department shall prepare a curriculum in accordance with such common core standards and shall instruct teachers to educate students.

Section 2 of the bill amends the education law by adding a new section 116 that discontinues implementation of the race to the top standards developed by the race to the top program for a period of three years.

Section 3 of the bill sets forth an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: While the common core standards may be an important step for the State to provide a quality education for our students, implementation of this program must be done carefully in order for it to have the desired positive effect.

Therefore, the State Education Department must take the necessary time to create a curriculum which meets this standard, provide the necessary educational back-up materials as well as providing the support and training our teachers need to implement this program. It is patently unfair to hold our students and teachers to a standard which they have not been prepared to meet.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6472--A IN SENATE January 28, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the common core state standards initiative and the race to the top program 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 115 to read as follows: S 115. COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS INITIATIVE. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL DISCONTINUE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS DEVELOPED BY THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS INITIATIVE FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS. ANY ACTIONS TAKEN TO ADOPT OR IMPLEMENT THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS ARE VOID. DURING SUCH THREE YEAR MORATORIUM, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PREPARE A CURRICULUM IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUCH COMMON CORE STANDARDS AND SHALL INSTRUCT TEACHERS TO EDUCATE STUDENTS. S 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 116 to read as follows: S 116. RACE TO THE TOP PROGRAM. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL DISCONTINUE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RACE TO THE TOP STANDARDS DEVELOPED BY THE RACE TO THE TOP PROGRAM FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS. ANY ACTIONS TAKEN TO ADOPT OR IMPLEMENT THE RACE TO THE TOP PROGRAM ARE VOID. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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