senate Bill S1580A
(D, WF) 0 Senate District
- In Committee
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- Delivered to Governor
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Relates to the expenditure of prekindergarten program grant funds.
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the education law, in relation to the expenditure of
pre-kindergarten program grant funds
The Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK) is a State-funded program
that provides educationally-based high-quality prekindergarten to
four year old children. UPK programs operate for a minimum of 2 1/2
hours per day for five days a week during the school year. This
legislation would provide school districts with greater flexibility
in the use of their unexpended UPK grants to maximize the number of
children who are served.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 would permit a school district which is eligible to receive
a UPK grant but unable to fill all of their funded slots the ability
to utilize unexpended grant money to create full-day slots, and
support the cost of transporting pre-k students.
Section 2 would revise a Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirement that
penalizes school districts that provide supplemental funding to serve
more students than their UPK grant permits by reducing state aid if
they serve fewer students in a subsequent year.
Early education programs provide a strong foundation for at-risk
children. Research has shown that children who are enrolled in high
quality pre-kindergarten programs are less likely to require special
education services, repeat grades or drop out of school. However,
full implementation of UPK has not been realized.
Approximately 220 school districts in the state have yet to implement
UPK due primarily to restrictions in how the funding is used.
Information reported to the state Education Department has indicated
that uncertainty about funding; insufficient per-pupil allocations;
parental desire for full-day programs; and the lack of transportation
for pre-k program are all barriers to full enrollment. The City of
New York was unable to use over $25 million in UPK funding in the
2008-2009 SFY, due to these restrictions. This legislation would
allow school districts to more fully utilize their UPK grant and
remove disincentives for
districts to serve additional students when economically possible.
S.6777 of 2009-10 - Passed Senate
July 1, 2013
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