Bill S687-2011

Relates to providing funding for transitional programs for students from English-speaking Caribbean countries

Relates to providing funding for transitional programs for students from English-speaking Caribbean countries who are not eligible for limited English proficiency programs.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • Jan 5, 2011: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S687

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to funding for programs to assist students transitioning from the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To create transitional programs for students from English-speaking countries of the Caribbean who do not qualify for programs for limited English proficiency. School districts in cities having populations in excess of sixty-five thousand inhabitants upon application to the commissioner therefore, and within amounts appropriated for such purpose, shall be eligible for grants to fund programs conducts by such districts which are designed and intended for the purpose of aiding the cultural and academic transition of students from English-speaking countries of the Caribbean into schools in New York State.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The bill will be effective for City School districts in cities having populations in excess of sixty-five thousand inhabitants upon application to the commissioner therefore, and within amounts appropriated for such purpose, shall be eligible for grants to fund programs conducted by such districts which are designed and intended for the purpose of aiding the cultural and academic transition of students from English-speaking countries of the Caribbean. Such programs shall provide support and additional instruction to facilitate the adjustment of such and immigrant students who do not qualify for programs for limited English proficiency. Such districts shall file a plan with the commissioner which shall detail procedures for identifying pupils who have recently immigrated from English-speaking Caribbean countries and detailing services to be provided for such students. Preference shall be given to programs providing instruction, support and services to students who received limited or interrupted formal education in their country of origin. The commissioner shall adopt regulations for the implementation of this grant program.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill seeks to assist English-speaking Caribbean students who require extra help in transitioning into New York State Schools but do not qualify for programs for limited English proficiency, in school districts of cities having populations in excess of sixtyfive thousand inhabitants. These programs will provide support and additional instruction to facilitate the adjustment for such immigrant students.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.7495 of 2008 4/10/08 REFERRED TO EDUCATION S.149 of 2009 01/07/09 REFERRED TO EDUCATION 01/06/10 REFERRED TO EDUCATION

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unknown at present time.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall become a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 687 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SAMPSON -- 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 funding for programs to assist students transitioning from the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 3641 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 15 to read as follows: 15. TRANSITION PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS FROM ENGLISH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES OF THE CARIBBEAN. A. CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN CITIES HAVING POPULATIONS IN EXCESS OF SIXTY-FIVE THOUSAND INHABITANTS UPON APPLICATION TO THE COMMISSIONER THEREFORE, AND WITHIN AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED FOR SUCH PURPOSE, SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR GRANTS TO FUND PROGRAMS CONDUCTED BY SUCH DISTRICTS WHICH ARE DESIGNED AND INTENDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF AIDING THE CULTURAL AND ACADEMIC TRANSITION OF STUDENTS FROM ENGLISH-SPEAKING COUN- TRIES OF THE CARIBBEAN INTO SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK STATE. SUCH PROGRAMS SHALL PROVIDE SUPPORT AND ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTION TO FACILITATE THE ADJUSTMENT OF SUCH IMMIGRANT STUDENTS WHO DO NOT QUALIFY FOR PROGRAMS FOR LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY. B. SUCH DISTRICTS SHALL FILE A PLAN WITH THE COMMISSIONER WHICH SHALL DETAIL PROCEDURES FOR IDENTIFYING PUPILS WHO HAVE RECENTLY IMMIGRATED FROM ENGLISH-SPEAKING CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES AND DETAILING SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED FOR SUCH STUDENTS. PREFERENCE SHALL BE GIVEN TO PROGRAMS PROVIDING INSTRUCTION, SUPPORT AND SERVICES TO STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED LIMITED OR INTERRUPTED FORMAL EDUCATION IN THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN. C. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ADOPT REGULATIONS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS GRANT PROGRAM. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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