Makes election day a school holiday; authorizes school districts to receive school aid for up to two days for general and/or special elections.
BILL NUMBER: S774
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the education law, in relation to making election day a school holiday
PURPOSE : This bill would make a general or special election day a school holiday.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1: Subdivision 8 of section 3604 of the education law is amended to make a general or special election day a school holiday. In addition, a deficiency not exceeding two days during any school year caused by a general and/or special election shall be excused by the commissioner. Section 2: Effective date
JUSTIFICATION : In many areas throughout New York State polling places are located in schools. This allows people who normally do not have access to schools to legally enter them on election day. The large numbers of people going to a polling place in a school can be dangerous to children because school personnel will not know who is on school grounds. This bill would end this security risk and protect children by making a general or special election day a school holiday. In addition, this bill would not effect school aid.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2007 -2008 - Education
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect on the first July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 774 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 15, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. ALESI -- 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 making election day a school holiday 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 OR SPECIAL election day, OR Washington's birthday and Lincoln's birthday, and except that driver education classes may be conducted on a Saturday. A DEFICIENCY NOT EXCEEDING TWO DAYS DURING ANY SCHOOL YEAR CAUSED BY A GENERAL AND/OR SPECIAL ELECTION SHALL BE EXCUSED BY THE COMMISSIONER. A deficiency not exceeding three days during any school year caused by teachers' attendance upon conferences held by superintendents of schools of city school districts or other school districts employing superintendents of schools shall be excused by the commissioner, 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 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 standards and assessments, as adopted by the board of regents. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, rule or regu- lation to the contrary, school districts may elect to use one or more of such allowable conference days in units of not less than one hour each to provide staff development activities relating to implementation ofEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03461-01-9 S. 774 2
the new high learning standards and assessments. A district making such election may provide such staff development during the regularly sched- uled daily session and apply such units to satisfy a deficiency in the length of one or more daily sessions of instruction for pupils as speci- fied 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 confer- ence day be dedicated for such purpose. 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 effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effec- tive date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.