Bill S7407-2013

Requires community district education councils to establish safety hazard advisory review committees

Requires community district education councils to establish safety hazard advisory review committees.

Details

Actions

  • May 29, 2014: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO EDUCATION
  • May 22, 2014: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO NEW YORK CITY EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE
  • May 14, 2014: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Meetings

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - New York City Education Subcommittee - May 29, 2014
Ayes (5): Felder, Lanza, Golden, Perkins, Stavisky
Ayes W/R (1): Avella

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7407

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring community district education councils to establish safety hazard advisory review committees

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This bill would allow require Community District Education councils in New York City Department of Education to establish safety hazard advisory review committees.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds a new section, 2590-e to the education law to requiring community district education councils to establish safety hazard advisory review committees.

JUSTIFICATION:

Community District Education Councils were created to give the parents of the community a voice as Mayoral Control of the schools was established. The councils have been a mechanism for the community and parent groups to express concern about a particular policy directly to the Department of Education. This bill would allow these councils to set up a safety hazard review committees to review conditions along stop routes to schools. These committees would be set up by the CEC's to review variances submitted by individual parents. The committee would review the variance and submit its findings for the Department of Education. This would give the Department of Education a community point of view about hazardous conditions along routes to and from school.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

A.10725 of 2011-2012.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

First of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become law; provided however that the amendments made to section 2590-e of the education law, by section one of this act shall survive the expiration and reversion of such section as provided in section 34 of chapter 91 of the laws of 2002, as amended.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7407 IN SENATE May 14, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SANDERS -- 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 requiring community district education councils to establish safety hazard advisory review committees THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 2590-e of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 8-a to read as follows: 8-A. (A) A COMMUNITY COUNCIL SHALL ESTABLISH FROM AMONG ITS MEMBERS A SAFETY HAZARD ADVISORY REVIEW COMMITTEE TO REVIEW CONDITIONS ALONG ROUTES IN ITS DISTRICT BY WHICH STUDENTS TRAVEL OR WALK TO AND FROM SCHOOL. THE SAFETY HAZARD ADVISORY REVIEW COMMITTEE SHALL REVIEW CONDI- TIONS ALONG STOP TO SCHOOL ROUTES IN ITS COMMUNITY COUNCIL DISTRICT UPON THE REQUEST OF A PARENT WHO HAS SUBMITTED TO THE OFFICE OF PUPIL TRANS- PORTATION A REQUEST FOR A VARIANCE FROM STOP TO SCHOOL ROUTES BASED ON HAZARDOUS OR UNSAFE CONDITIONS ALONG THE STUDENT'S ROUTE TO OR FROM SCHOOL. SUCH REQUEST SHALL BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE CHAIR OF THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL AND INCLUDE A COPY OF THE PARENT'S REQUEST TO THE OFFICE OF PUPIL TRANSPORTATION FOR A VARIANCE. THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL CHAIR SHALL CONVENE A MEETING OF THE SAFETY HAZARD ADVISORY REVIEW COMMITTEE AS NECESSARY. THE COMMITTEE SHALL MAKE FINDINGS OF FACT AND RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT CONDITIONS ALONG THE STOP TO SCHOOL ROUTE. SUCH FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS SHALL BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE COMMU- NITY COUNCIL WHICH MAY ADOPT THE COMMITTEE'S RECOMMENDATIONS OR SEND THEM BACK TO THE COMMITTEE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. UPON ADOPTION OF THE COMMITTEE'S FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS, THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL SHALL SEND THE WRITTEN FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE PARENT AND THE OFFICE OF PUPIL TRANSPORTATION WHICH SHALL CONSIDER THE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL IN ITS DECISION ABOUT A VARI- ANCE OR DESIGNATION OF STOP TO SCHOOL ROUTES. (B) UPON THE REQUEST OF A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL OR AN ADMIN- ISTRATOR IN A SCHOOL IN THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL DISTRICT, THE SAFETY HAZARD ADVISORY REVIEW COMMITTED MAY REVIEW UNSAFE AND HAZARDOUS CONDI-
TIONS ALONG ROUTES BY WHICH STUDENTS IN THEIR DISTRICT TRAVEL TO AND FROM THEIR SCHOOL. SUCH REQUEST SHALL BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE CHAIR OF THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL AND SHALL INCLUDE THE LOCATION AND A DESCRIPTION OF THE CONDITIONS TO BE REVIEWED BY THE SAFETY HAZARD ADVI- SORY REVIEW COMMITTEE. THE SAFETY HAZARD ADVISORY REVIEW COMMITTEE SHALL MAKE FINDINGS OF FACT AND, IF NECESSARY, RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT CONDI- TIONS ALONG THE STOP TO SCHOOL ROUTE. SUCH FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS SHALL BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL WHICH MAY ADOPT THE COMMITTEE'S RECOMMENDATIONS OR SEND THEM BACK TO THE COMMITTEE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. UPON ADOPTION OF THE COMMITTEE'S FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS, THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL SHALL SEND THE WRITTEN FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL OR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR WHO REQUESTED THE REVIEW AND THE OFFICE OF PUPIL TRANSPOR- TATION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law; provided, however that the amendments made to section 2590-e of the education law, by section one of this act shall survive the expiration and reversion of such section as provided in section 34 of chapter 91 of the laws of 2002, as amended.

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