Relates to the request by parents for translated documents for students with disabilities.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the request by parents for translated documents for students with disabilities
PURPOSE: To ensure that parents of all public school children fully understand their child's learning needs and be better able to follow the guidelines of their child's individualized education program.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 adds new subsection 21 to section 4403 of the Education Law, requiring that the State Education Department provide a translation of a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP), evaluation, action or implementation plan upon request by a parent, a person in parental relationship, or a student age 18 or older, to the extent that providing such translation is feasible. Additionally, State Education Department is required to draft and publish a release form, compliant with state and federal privacy laws, for the release of such documents for the purposes of translation.
JUSTIFICATION: New York State is home to many individuals who do not speak English as their primary language. Though translations are available for many important documents, currently there is no requirement that Individualized Education Programs and other important school documents relating to a child's IEP be translated for parents.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7016--A IN SENATE April 14, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sens. STAVISKY, BRESLIN, HASSELL-THOMPSON, LATIMER, PARK- ER, PERALTA, SMITH, TKACZYK -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education -- commit- tee discharged and said bill committed to the New York City Education Subcommittee -- reported favorably from said committee and 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 request by parents for translated documents for students with disabilities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 4403 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 21 to read as follows: 21. TO PROVIDE ANY PARENT OR PERSON IN PARENTAL RELATION WITH A STUDENT WITH A DISABILITY AS DEFINED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION FORTY-FOUR HUNDRED ONE OF THIS ARTICLE, ALL EVALUATIONS, INDI- VIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAMS, AND RELATED DOCUMENTS NECESSARY TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SUCH INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAMS, TRANSLATED INTO THEIR PRIMARY LANGUAGE AT THE REQUEST OF SUCH PARENT, OR PERSON IN PARENTAL RELATION, TO THE EXTENT FEASIBLE. SUCH PARENT OR PERSON IN PARENTAL RELATION MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT A FORM TO THE DEPARTMENT, PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT, WHICH SHALL RELEASE SUCH DOCUMENTS IN COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE STATE AND FEDERAL PRIVACY LAWS FOR THE PURPOSES OF TRANSLATIONS. SUCH FORMS SHALL BE ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND MADE AVAILABLE TO SCHOOLS UPON REQUEST AND PUBLISHED ON THE DEPART- MENT'S WEBSITE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14714-03-4