Authorizes school districts to provide bussing to pre-kindergarten students.
Ayes (17): Flanagan, Lanza, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Seward, Oppenheimer, Addabbo, Avella, Breslin, Montgomery, Serrano, Stavisky, Huntley
Excused (1): Farley
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to transportation of certain pre-kindergarten students
PURPOSE: This bill will allow school districts, under certain circumstances, to optionally provide transportation for prekindergarten students.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Amends subdivision 1 of section 3635 of the education law by adding a new paragraph (g) which provides that a school district, if the superintendent indicates that there is no additional cost, may pick up and drop off children participating in a pre-kindergarten program taught by certified teachers of such school district at a district owned and utilized building.
Section 2. Effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Transportation issues in rural areas can prohibit access to pre-kindergarten programs and thus impact the effectiveness of such programs. This legislation will give local school districts the choice to provide transportation for such programs so long as it does not increase costs, the program is taught by certified teachers of the school district and the program takes place at a school district owned and utilized building.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7218 IN SENATE May 2, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. BONACIC -- 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 transportation of certain pre-kindergarten students THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 3635 of the education law is amended by adding a new paragraph g to read as follows: G. A PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM WHICH IS HELD AT A BUILDING OWNED OR LEASED BY A SCHOOL DISTRICT WHICH OTHERWISE UTILIZES SUCH BUILDING FOR SCHOOL CLASSES FOR GRADES KINDERGARTEN THROUGH TWELVE OR A PORTION THER- EOF MAY, IF THE SUPERINTENDENT OR OTHER OFFICIAL IN CHARGE OF SUCH DISTRICT INDICATES THERE IS NO ADDITIONAL COST, PICK UP AND DROP OFF CHILDREN PARTICIPATING IN A PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM TAUGHT BY CERTIFIED TEACHERS OF SUCH SCHOOL DISTRICT AT SUCH DISTRICT OWNED AND UTILIZED BUILDING. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15602-01-2