Bill S6955-2013

Provides for the professional development to educators

Provides for professional development to educators; extends certain provisions of such law relating thereto.

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  • May 12, 2014: SUBSTITUTED BY A9062A
  • May 5, 2014: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Apr 30, 2014: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Apr 29, 2014: 1ST REPORT CAL.399
  • Apr 7, 2014: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Education - Apr 29, 2014
Ayes (19): Flanagan, Farley, Lanza, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Seward, Valesky, Avella, Latimer, Addabbo, Breslin, Montgomery, Stavisky, Tkaczyk, Peralta

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BILL NUMBER:S6955

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to providing for the professional development to educators; and to amend chapter 396 of the laws of 2012 amending the education law, relating to services to out-of-state school districts by boards of cooperative educational services, in relation to extending the provisions thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill extends the provisions of chapter 396 to allow BOCES to contract with out-of-state school districts to provide special education, career and technical education services, on line courses relating to implementation of the common cores standards and professional development to educators through July 1, 2019.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 allows BOCES contract with out of state school districts to provide professional development to educators. Section 2 extends Chapter 396 of the Laws of 2012 to July 1, 2019. Section 3 requires interim and final reports in 2018 about BOCES contracts to provide services to out of state school districts.

Section 4 is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES) are often at the forefront of innovative and cost-saving educational plans, policies, and programs. BOCES, as innovators in the development and delivery of highly successful curricula, professional development for educators and proven education programs, are already providing these programs and services to schools in New York State. Although many BOCES have been approached by educators outside New York who wish to purchase these valuable and proven programs and services, they cannot sell these services because it is not authorized by law.

This bill will allow BOCES to sell these programs and services and as a result generate revenue in support of BOCES, their component school districts and most importantly the students they serve. Additionally, to the extent practical, it will enable BOCES to provide educational services to out of state students. To this end, allowing BOCES in New York to provide service out-of-state will be beneficial not only to the BOCES providing the out-of-state service, but to New York State as a whole. In tough financial times, it is imperative that we allow proven programs and services to be provided and sold outside of the State.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill. See Chapter 396 of the Laws of 2012.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6955 IN SENATE April 7, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. FLANAGAN -- 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 providing for the professional development to educators; and to amend chapter 396 of the laws of 2012 amending the education law, relating to services to out- of-state school districts by boards of cooperative educational services, in relation to extending the provisions thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subparagraph 10 of paragraph h of subdivision 4 of section 1950 of the education law, as added by chapter 396 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows: (10) To enter into contracts of no more than [two] FIVE years and subject to the sunset date of this subparagraph, with out-of-state school districts for special education and/or career and technical education services or for the use of existing products that demonstrate how to map the common core standards to assessments and/or provide access to existing webinars or online courses relating to implementation of the common core standards AND/OR FOR PROVIDING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOP- MENT TO EDUCATORS. Any contract shall be approved by the commissioner, the board of cooperative educational services and the district super- intendent of schools, provided such services are made available to any school district within the supervisory district and that the require- ments of this subparagraph are met. Contracts must be executed by the board of cooperative educational services and the trustees or boards of education of such out-of-state school districts and shall only authorize out-of-state students to participate in an instructional program if such services are available to all eligible students in New York state schools in the component districts and the number of participating out- of-state students only comprises up to five percent of the total number of the total enrolled students in the instructional program at the board of cooperative educational services and that the board of cooperative educational services spends no more than thirty percent of its employ- ees' time on services to out-of-state districts pursuant to this subpar-
agraph. To be approved by the commissioner, the contract and any busi- ness plan, shall demonstrate that any services provided to out-of-state schools pursuant to this subparagraph shall not result in any additional costs being imposed on component school districts and that any payments received by the board of cooperative educational services for services provided in this subparagraph that exceed any cost to the board of coop- erative educational services for providing such services shall be applied to reduce the costs of aidable shared services allocated to component school districts pursuant to paragraph d of this subdivision and shall also be applied to reduce the approved cost of services pursu- ant to subdivision five of this section. Services provided by a board of cooperative educational services to component districts at the time of approval of a contract under this paragraph shall not be reduced or eliminated solely due to a board of cooperative educational services' performance of services to out-of-state districts pursuant to this para- graph. S 2. Section 4 of chapter 396 of the laws of 2012, amending the educa- tion law, relating to services to out-of-state school districts by boards of cooperative educational services, is amended to read as follows: S 4. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed July 1, [2014] 2019. S 3. Section 3 of chapter 396 of the laws of 2012, amending the education law, relating to services to out-of-state school districts by boards of cooperative educational services, is amended to read as follows: S 3. The commissioner of education, in consultation with participating boards of cooperative educational services, shall prepare two reports describing the content of contracts approved by such commissioner and the district superintendent pursuant to paragraph h of subdivision 4 of section 1950 of the education law, including the names of the parties to the contract, the length of the contract, a description of the services provided under the contract, the percentage of out-of-state students that are in each instructional program in the board of cooperative educational services compared to in-state students, a description of the time spent by board of cooperative educational services employees to perform such services and any expenses and revenues for performing services to out-of-state districts under the contract. The reports shall also include a detailed breakdown of how many additional employees need- ed to be hired by the board of cooperative educational services to perform such services, any additional resources or materials that needed to be purchased by the board of cooperative educational services and/or any administrative, marketing and/or development costs associated with performing services under paragraph d of subdivision 4 of section 1950 of the education law. If payments received for such services exceed the costs of providing such services, the reports shall also include a description of how the board of cooperative educational services will reduce the costs of aidable shared services to the component districts pursuant to paragraph d of subdivision 4 of section 1950 of the educa- tion law and/or how any revenues received by the board of cooperative educational services will reduce the costs of aidable shared services. The commissioner of education shall submit an interim report to the board of regents, the governor and the legislature by no later than April 15, [2013] 2018 and a final report by no later than December 15, [2013] 2018, with recommendations on whether and under what conditions
such contracts should continue to be authorized beyond the expiration date provided herein. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately, provided, however, that the amendments to subparagraph 10 of paragraph h of subdivision 4 of section 1950 of the education law made by section one of this act and the amendments to section 3 of chapter 396 of the laws of 2012 made by section three of this act shall not affect the repeal of such provisions and shall be deemed repealed therewith.

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