senate Bill S1580A

Relates to the expenditure of pre-kindergarten program grant funds

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  • 10 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 13 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 13 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 1580A

Summary

Relates to the expenditure of prekindergarten program grant funds.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1580
S1580A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3602-e, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S6777

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BILL NUMBER:S1580A

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend the education law, in relation to the expenditure of
pre-kindergarten program grant funds

PURPOSE:

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.

JUSTIFICATION:

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.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.6777 of 2009-10 - Passed Senate

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:


None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

July 1, 2013

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

                                 1580--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  OPPENHEIMER, ADAMS, ADDABBO, KRUEGER, MONTGOMERY,
  PARKER -- read twice and ordered  printed,  and  when  printed  to  be
  committed  to the Committee on Education -- recommitted to the Commit-
  tee 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  the  expenditure  of
  pre-kindergarten program grant funds

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 10 of section 3602-e of the  education  law  is
amended by adding a new paragraph d to read as follows:
  D.  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY IN THE
EVENT A SCHOOL DISTRICT WHICH IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A GRANT UNDER  THIS
SECTION  IS  UNABLE TO EXPAND PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS AS DETERMINED BY
THE COMMISSIONER THEN SUCH DISTRICT SHALL BE PERMITTED  TO  UTILIZE  THE
EQUIVALENT  OF  SUCH  UNUSED  PRE-KINDERGARTEN  GRANT  FUNDS  FOR  LOCAL
PRE-KINDERGARTEN INITIATIVES, FULL-DAY PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS  AND/OR
TRANSPORTATION  SERVICES  FOR PRE-KINDERGARTEN PUPILS AS APPROVED BY THE
COMMISSIONER, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT SUCH EXCESS MAY NOT  BE  GENERATED
THROUGH  A  REDUCTION  IN  PRE-KINDERGARTEN  STUDENTS  SERVED FROM THOSE
SERVED IN THE BASE YEAR.
  S 2. Subdivision 11 of section 3602-e of the education law, as amended
by section 19 of part B of chapter 57 of the laws of 2007, is amended to
read as follows:
  11. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision ten of this section,
where the district serves fewer children during the  current  year  than
PROVIDED  FOR  BY  THE GRANT in the base year, the school district shall
have its apportionment reduced in an amount proportional to  such  defi-
ciency  in  the current year or in the succeeding school year, as deter-
mined by the commissioner, except such  reduction  shall  not  apply  to

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05310-02-2

S. 1580--A                          2

school districts which have fully implemented a universal pre-kindergar-
ten  program  by making such program available to all eligible children.
SUCH REDUCTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO DISTRICTS THAT REDUCE  THE  NUMBER  OF
AVAILABLE  PRE-KINDERGARTEN  STUDENTS  SERVED  SO  LONG  AS THE DISTRICT
CONTINUES TO SERVE THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN PROVIDED FOR IN THE BASE YEAR.
Expenses incurred by the school district in implementing  a  pre-kinder-
garten  program  plan pursuant to this subdivision shall be deemed ordi-
nary contingent expenses.
  S 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.

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