Bill S7347-2013

Authorizes the Buffalo school district to require minors five years of age to attend kindergarten

Authorizes the Buffalo school district to require minors five years of age to attend kindergarten.

Details

Actions

  • Jul 11, 2014: DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • Jun 18, 2014: returned to senate
  • Jun 18, 2014: passed assembly
  • Jun 18, 2014: ordered to third reading rules cal.423
  • Jun 18, 2014: substituted for a10002
  • Jun 11, 2014: referred to education
  • Jun 11, 2014: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 11, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 3, 2014: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 2, 2014: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 29, 2014: 1ST REPORT CAL.1036
  • May 13, 2014: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Education - May 29, 2014
Ayes (18): Flanagan, Farley, Lanza, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Seward, Valesky, Avella, Latimer, Addabbo, Breslin, Stavisky, Tkaczyk, Peralta
Ayes W/R (1): Montgomery

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7347

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing the Buffalo school district to require minors five years of age to attend kindergarten

PURPOSE:

To permit the Buffalo School District to require kindergarten attendance.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

This bill amends Education Law to allow the Buffalo School District to require attendance in kindergarten.

JUSTIFICATION:

The Buffalo Public Schools currently provide children a full day kindergarten program in keeping with the numerous studies documenting the educational benefit and related long-term success of early quality education. Unfortunately, too many kindergarten children are absent from school during the year, leaving them without the benefit of this educational experience.

The Buffalo Board of Education recently approved a motion to support State Legislative action to allow the District to make Kindergarten mandatory.

This measure is designed to address the kindergarten attendance issue in the Buffalo School District requiring five-year-old children to benefit from the District's kindergarten initiative for long-term academic success.

A similar provision in Education Law was adopted for the Syracuse City School District over 25 years ago and recently for the Rochester and New York City School Districts.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7347 IN SENATE May 13, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GRISANTI -- 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 authorizing the Buffalo school district to require minors five years of age to attend kindergarten THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph c of subdivision 2 of section 3205 of the educa- tion law, as separately amended by chapters 157 and 167 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows: c. The board of education of the Syracuse city school district and the board of education of the city school district of the city of New York and the board of education of the city school district of the city of Rochester AND THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE CITY OF BUFFALO are hereby authorized to require minors who are five years of age on or before December first to attend kindergarten instruc- tion. However, the provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to: (i) Minors whose parents elect not to enroll their children in school until the following September. (ii) Students enrolled in non-public schools or in home instruction. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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