Bill S7345-2013

Relates to vacancies on the community district education council

Relates to vacancies on the community district education council; expands eligibility to parents whose kids have been English language learner students within the preceding two years.

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  • Jun 12, 2014: SUBSTITUTED BY A8436
  • Jun 11, 2014: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1353
  • Jun 11, 2014: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • May 13, 2014: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jun 11, 2014
Ayes (22): Skelos, Libous, Bonacic, Carlucci, Farley, Flanagan, Hannon, Larkin, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Nozzolio, Seward, Valesky, Little, Stewart-Cousins, Breslin, Dilan, Krueger, Montgomery, Parker, Perkins
Ayes W/R (1): Gianaris
Excused (2): Hassell-Thompson, Espaillat

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7345

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to vacancies on the community district education council

PURPOSE:

This bill would expand the pool of eligible parents for membership on the community district education councils, and would therefore widen participation for parents of English language learners and help fill vacancies.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one of the bill would amend Education Law section 2590-c(6)(b)(2), which deals with vacancies that result in community district education councils not having at least one parent of a student who is an English language learner. Section 2 of the bill would amend Education Law section 2590-c(8)(c), which deals with selection procedures for community district education council members and which provides that such selection procedures shall ensure that at least one position on the council is filled by a parent of a student who is an English language learner. Both sections of the bill add the same language to the existing provisions of the Education Law that each amends. The language that would be added simply expands the description, and thus statutory eligibility, to parents of students who have been English language learners within the preceding two years.

JUSTIFICATION:

Existing law provides that the community district education councils are to have selection procedures that ensure that at least one member of each council is to be the parent of a student who is an English language learner ("ELL student"). However, as has previously been the problem with the City-wide Council on English Language Learners

(CCELL), it has been difficult to recruit parents of current ELL students to serve on the district councils. In 2013, the Education Law was amended to expand eligibility for membership on the CCELL to parents of former ELL students. Chapter 103 of the Laws of 2013 (A.833) added language to Education Law section 2590-b extending eligibility parents whose children had been ELL students within the preceding two years. This bill would add similar language to Education Law section 2590-c, providing a similar solution to the same recruitment problem - expanding eligibility to parents who have recent experience with ELL programs, and whose children have achieved sufficient language proficiency to move out of ELL programs.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2014 - A.8346

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7345 IN SENATE May 13, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- 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 vacancies on the community district education council THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subparagraph 2 of paragraph (b) of subdivision 6 of section 2590-c of the education law, as added by chapter 345 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: (2) If such vacancy results in the council not having at least one member who is a parent of a student who is an English language learner OR WHO HAS BEEN AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER WITHIN THE PRECEDING TWO YEARS, or results in the council not having at least one member who is a parent of a student with an individualized education program, the commu- nity council shall select a parent having such qualifications to fill the vacancy. S 2. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 8 of section 2590-c of the education law, as amended by chapter 345 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: (c) develop selection procedures for community council members which shall attempt to ensure membership that reflects a representative cross- section of the communities within the school district and diversity of the student population including those with particular educational needs, shall include consideration of the enrollment figures within each community district and the potential disparity of such enrollment from school to school within the district, and shall ensure that, to the extent possible, a school may have no more than one parent represen- tative on the community council. Such procedures shall ensure that at least one position on the community council is filled by a parent of a student who is an English language learner OR WHO HAS BEEN AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER WITHIN THE PRECEDING TWO YEARS, and at least one posi- tion is filled by a parent of a student with an individualized education program, and shall allow for the seven remaining positions to be filled by parents who are otherwise eligible.
S 3. This act shall take effect immediately, provided, however, that the amendments to section 2590-c of the education law made by sections one and two of this act shall not affect the repeal of such section and shall be deemed repealed therewith.

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