senate Bill S1570A

Enacts the "Place a Child in Every School Seat Act of 2012" for the purposes of awareness of and incentives to improve school attendance

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  • 10 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 11 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 11 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 1570A

Summary

Enacts the "Place a Child in Every School Seat Act" for the purposes of awareness of and incentives to improve school attendance and retention.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1570
S1570A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง3205-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S4372

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BILL NUMBER:S1570A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to enacting the "Place a
Child in Every School Seat Act of 2012"

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To establish a public awareness and
education campaign on the importance of earning a high school degree,
and create an incentive program to improve school attendance by
offering awards based on best overall attendance and/or most improved
attendance, under the direction of the Education Department with the
advice and consent of the Board of Regents.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Adds a new section 3205-a to the
education law to provide for a public awareness and education
campaign on the importance of earning a high school degree, and to
create an incentive program to improve school attendance statewide.

JUSTIFICATION:
Studies have demonstrated a clear link between
absenteeism in school and juvenile delinquency. According to the
National Conference of State Legislatures, one study of high school
dropouts showed that 80 percent had been chronically absent from
school in the previous school year. There are widespread public
benefits to improving school attendance, including reduced crime,
higher earning potential by high school graduates, and greater civic
engagement. Several states have adopted innovative programs to
improve school attendance, including pizza parties, ice cream
socials, and even financial rewards. New York should not "bribe" its
students to attend school, but we should provide additional
motivation in an appropriate manner.

This bill directs the State Education Department to establish a public
awareness and education campaign on the importance of earning a high
school degree, and to create an incentive program to improve school
attendance by offering awards based on best overall attendance and/or
most improved attendance. The nature of these incentives would be
decided by the Department with the advice and consent of the Board of
Regents and should appeal to school children in all parts of the
state and in all income brackets.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
A.291/S.4372 of 2009/2010
01/10/11 Referred to Education
01/04/12 Referred to Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1570--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. OPPENHEIMER, PARKER -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed,  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education --
  recommitted to the Committee on Education in  accordance  with  Senate
  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to enacting the "Place  a
  Child in Every School Seat Act of 2012"

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as  the  "place  a
child in every school seat act of 2012".
  S  2.  The  education law is amended by adding a new section 3205-a to
read as follows:
  S 3205-A. "PLACE A CHILD IN EVERY SCHOOL SEAT  ACT  OF  2012";  PUBLIC
AWARENESS OF PUBLIC SCHOOL ATTENDANCE; INCENTIVES TO IMPROVE ATTENDANCE.
1. THE DEPARTMENT IS HEREBY DIRECTED TO ESTABLISH A PUBLIC AWARENESS AND
EDUCATION CAMPAIGN THAT INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, EMPHASIZING THE
BENEFITS  OF  ATTENDING  SCHOOL AND EARNING, AT A MINIMUM, A HIGH SCHOOL
DIPLOMA, AND THE POTENTIAL  CONSEQUENCES  RELATED  TO  DROPPING  OUT  OF
SCHOOL.  SUCH  PUBLIC AWARENESS AND EDUCATION CAMPAIGN SHALL BE DIRECTED
AT MINORS WHOSE ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL IS  REQUIRED  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION
THIRTY-TWO  HUNDRED  FIVE OF THIS PART AND AT THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS
AND SHALL UTILIZE A VARIETY OF MEDIA SUCH AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,  TELE-
VISION, BILLBOARDS, RADIO, AND INTERNET.
  2. THE DEPARTMENT IS HEREBY DIRECTED TO CREATE AN INCENTIVE PROGRAM TO
IMPROVE  STUDENT  ATTENDANCE  REQUIRED  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION THIRTY-TWO
HUNDRED FIVE OF THIS PART. INCENTIVES SHALL BE DEVELOPED WITH THE ADVICE
AND CONSENT OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS AS TO AN APPROPRIATE BUT MOTIVATION-
AL INCENTIVE THAT WILL APPEAL TO STUDENTS IN ALL PARTS OF THE STATE  AND
IN  ALL  INCOME BRACKETS. THE DEPARTMENT IS ENCOURAGED TO DEVELOP INCEN-
TIVES DIRECTED AT STUDENTS SPECIFICALLY SO AS TO MOTIVATE EXCITEMENT AND

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05296-02-2

S. 1570--A                          2

ENTHUSIASM FOR ATTENDANCE. SUCH AN INCENTIVE PROGRAM AND/OR AWARDS SHALL
BE BASED ON A DISTRICT'S OVERALL ATTENDANCE OR MOST IMPROVED  ATTENDANCE
AS  A  PERCENTAGE OF THE STUDENT BODY FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. INCENTIVES
MAY BE AWARDED TO MORE THAN ONE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN EACH SCHOOL YEAR.
  3.  THE  DEPARTMENT  IS  DIRECTED  TO MAKE A GOOD FAITH EFFORT TO SEEK
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND/OR PRIVATE RESOURCES TO  SUPPLEMENT  APPROPRIATED
FUNDS  TO  DEVELOP THE PROGRAMS CREATED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISIONS ONE AND
TWO OF THIS SECTION.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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