senate Bill S1576A

Relates to amount of apportionments of deficiencies in apportionments of state monies to certain nonpublic schools to reimburse them for their expenses in complying

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  • 10 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 17 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 17 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 1576A

Summary

Relates to amount of apportionments and deficiencies in apportionments of state monies to certain nonpublic schools to reimburse them for their expenses in complying with certain state requirements.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4196A
Versions:
S1576
S1576A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S2998, A5517
2007-2008: A11075B

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BILL NUMBER:S1576A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
relating to apportionment of
state monies to certain nonpublic schools to reimburse them for their
expenses in complying with certain state requirements for the
administration of state testing and evaluation programs and for
participation in state programs for the reporting of basic educational
data

PURPOSE:
This bill would reiterate the state's commitment to reimbursing
independent and religious schools their actual costs in complying
with state administrative mandates and participating in the state's
testing and evaluation program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one of the bill reiterates statutory intent to reimburse
independent and religious schools for their actual costs under the
program.

JUSTIFICATION:
The Mandated Services Reimbursement program requires that independent
and religious schools be reimbursed for their actual costs in
providing services to the state, most of which are required by
statute and/or regulation. These services include the administration
of state testing and evaluation programs and participating in state
programs for reporting basic educational data.

Over its 35-year history, the program has experienced a number of
deficiencies, in some cases due to the state's poor fiscal climate.
In every case, however. those deficiencies were eventually made whole
when the economy permitted doing so. The state's 2008-09 enacted
state budget, however, for the first time, limited the state's
liability for reimbursement under the program to less than 100 percent.

The state's independent and religious schools provide significant
savings to state taxpayers by virtue of their educating nearly a half
million of New York's children. A reduction in Mandated Services
reimbursement will be devastating to the already fragile budgets of
the vast majority of these schools. Not only have hundreds of these
schools closed over the years, more are closing at the end of the
current school year. Their closing only exacerbates the fiscal stress
on the state budget as well as the burden faced by property tax
payers. It is in the state's interest, at least financially, to
maintain its long standing commitment to reimburse these schools for
their state-mandated expenses.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.2998/A.5517 of 2009-2010
A.11075-B of 2008

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.


EFFECTIVE DATE:
The act takes effect immediately.

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

                                 1576--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced   by   Sens.   OPPENHEIMER,   ADDABBO,  DIAZ,  KLEIN,  LANZA,
  STEWART-COUSINS -- read twice and ordered printed, 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  relating  to apportionment of state monies to certain nonpublic
  schools to reimburse them for their expenses in complying with certain
  state requirements for the administration of state testing and  evalu-
  ation programs and for participation in state programs for the report-
  ing of basic educational data

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

  Section 1. Notwithstanding chapters 53 and 496 of the laws of 2008 and
any provision of law,  rule  or  regulation  to  the  contrary,  and  as
mandated  by chapter 507 of the laws of 1974, the commissioner of educa-
tion shall continue to annually apportion to each qualifying  school  an
amount  equal  to  the  actual  cost  incurred by each school during the
preceding school year for providing services rendered to  the  state  in
compliance  with  requirements  of  the state's comprehensive attendance
program, pupil evaluation program, the basic  educational  data  system,
regents  examinations, the statewide evaluation plan, the uniform proce-
dure for pupil attendance reporting, and other  similar  state  prepared
examinations and reporting procedures. Beginning in the 2012-2013 school
year for which reimbursement shall be made the following year, qualified
schools  shall  have  such reimbursement dispersed to them no later than
the last day of December of the school year following the school year in
which expenses were incurred.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05298-02-2

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