Allows school districts to schedule August conference days.
Ayes (60): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Storobin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Espaillat, Huntley
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to allowing school districts to schedule August conference days
PURPOSE: This bill would allow school districts to elect, subject to collective bargaining agreements, to hold conference days during the last two weeks of August and such conference days will count toward the 180 day requirement for state aid.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends Education Law § 3604 to permit school districts to schedule conference days in the last two weeks of August, subject to collective bargaining requirements pursuant to article fourteen of the civil service law.
Section 2 makes this act effective on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall become law.
JUSTIFICATION: Under current law, up to four conference days are permitted and counted toward the 180 day requirement for state aid. The 2012-13 school year calendar, however, presents challenges in meeting the 180 day requirements for state aid due to recognized holidays for school closure. This bill, therefore, allows school districts to elect to conduct superintendent conference days during the last two weeks of August before students return to classes and such days will be counted toward the 180 day requirement and eligible for state aid. Such school district election is, however, subject to collective bargaining agreements.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7718--A IN SENATE June 15, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. FLANAGAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to allowing school districts to schedule August conference days THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 8 of section 3604 of the education law, as amended by section 46 of part H of chapter 83 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows: 8. No school shall be in session on a Saturday or a legal holiday, except general election day, Washington's birthday and Lincoln's birth- day, and except that driver education classes may be conducted on a Saturday. A deficiency not exceeding
[three]FOUR days during any school year caused by teachers' attendance upon conferences held by superinten- dents of schools of city school districts or other school districts employing superintendents of schools shall be excused by the commission- er, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW, RULE OR REGULATION TO THE CONTRARY, A SCHOOL DISTRICT MAY ELECT TO SCHEDULE SUCH CONFERENCE DAYS IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF AUGUST, SUBJECT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING REQUIREMENTS PURSUANT TO ARTICLE FOURTEEN OF THE CIVIL SERVICE LAW, AND SUCH DAYS SHALL BE COUNTED TOWARDS THE REQUIRED ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS OF SESSION, provided however, [notwithstanding any other provision of law, that during the nineteen hundred ninety-two--ninety-three through the two thousand two--two thousand three school years and thereafter, the]THAT SUCH SCHEDULING SHALL NOT ALTER THE OBLIGATION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO STUDENTS IN NON-PUBLIC ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS OR CHARTER SCHOOLS. THE commissioner shall excuse a deficiency not exceeding four days during such school year caused by teachers' attendance upon conferences held by such superintendents, provided that at least two such conference days during such school year shall be dedicated to staff attendance upon conferences providing staff development relating to implementation of the new high learning stand-EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15776-03-2 S. 7718--A 2
ards and assessments, as adopted by the board of regents. Notwithstand- ing any other provision of law, rule or regulation to the contrary, school districts may elect to use one or more of such allowable confer- ence days in units of not less than one hour each to provide staff development activities relating to implementation of the new high learn- ing standards and assessments. A district making such election may provide such staff development during the regularly scheduled daily session and apply such units to satisfy a deficiency in the length of one or more daily sessions of instruction for pupils as specified in regulations of the commissioner. The commissioner shall assure that such conference days include appropriate school violence prevention and intervention training, and may require that up to one such conference day be dedicated for such purpose. S 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.