senate Bill S4465A

Imposes a moratorium on the initiation of school closings in cities with a population of one million or more

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  • 06 / Apr / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 22 / May / 2012
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 22 / May / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 4465A

Summary

Imposes a moratorium on the initiation of school closings in cities with a population of one million or more.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6158B
Versions:
S4465
S4465A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง2590-h, 2590-g & 305, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
A6158, A6158B

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BILL NUMBER:S4465A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the education law, in relation to imposing a moratorium
on the initiation of school closings in cities with a population of one
million or more

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this bill is to establish a moratorium on the initiation
of any proposed school closing or significant change in school utiliza-
tion.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1. reads as follows: Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision
of the education law or any other law to the contrary, there is hereby
established a moratorium on the initiation of any proposed school clos-
ing, including a phase-out plan or grade reconfiguration, for any public
school located within such city school district

Section 2 of the bill amends paragraph (h) of subdivision 1 of section
2590-g of the education law, as amended by chapter 345 of the laws of
2009, to state that the city board shall not approve any proposal for a
school closing, school phase-out, or grade reconfiguration that would
take effect during the two thousand thirteen-two thousand fourteen
school year or the two thousand fourteen-two thousand fifteen school
year.

Section 2 of the bill would create a School Closure Evaluation and
Review Committee.

JUSTIFICATION:
During the last two years, there has been an explosion of school
closures in New York City. However, it is not dear that the academic
performance of the students who are adversely impacted or dispersed by a
school closure have measurably improved. Similarly, there is limited
evidence that replacement schools perform any better than those that
have been closed.

In the view of many education professionals, efforts to enhance student
performance requires comprehensive academic intervention and not simply
a shut-down strategy most commonly found in the consumer retail market.
A one-year moratorium will provide the legislature and the State Educa-
tion Department with the time to evaluate the effectiveness of the
aggressive school closure practices of the NYC Department of Education,
and determine the best course of action to meet the educational needs of
public school students.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have
become a law and shall expire and be deemed repealed one year after such
effective date.

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

                                 4465--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 6, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  AVELLA -- 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 to amend the education law, in relation to imposing a  moratorium
  on  the  initiation  of school closings in cities with a population of
  one million or more

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

  Section  1.    Paragraphs  (a)  and  (f) of subdivision 2-a of section
2590-h of the education law, as amended by chapter 345 of  the  laws  of
2009, are amended to read as follows:
  (a)  Notwithstanding  any  other provision to the contrary, prepare an
educational impact statement regarding any proposed  school  closing  or
significant change in school utilization, including the phase-out, grade
reconfiguration,  re-siting,  or  co-location of schools, for any public
school located within the city district; PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT THE CHAN-
CELLOR SHALL NOT BE AUTHORIZED TO PREPARE OR FILE AN EDUCATIONAL  IMPACT
STATEMENT  FOR  ANY  PROPOSED SCHOOL CLOSING, SCHOOL PHASE-OUT, OR GRADE
RECONFIGURATION THAT WOULD TAKE EFFECT DURING  THE  TWO  THOUSAND  THIR-
TEEN--TWO   THOUSAND   FOURTEEN   SCHOOL   YEAR   OR  THE  TWO  THOUSAND
FOURTEEN--TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN SCHOOL YEAR.
  (f) In the event that the chancellor determines that a school  closing
or significant change in school utilization is immediately necessary for
the preservation of student health, safety or general welfare, the chan-
cellor  may  temporarily  close  a  public school or adopt a significant
change in the school's utilization on an emergency basis. Such emergency
school closing or significant change in school  utilization  shall  only
remain  in  effect for six months, during such time the chancellor shall
comply with the requirements of  this  subdivision  in  order  for  such

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09095-07-2

S. 4465--A                          2

school  closure  or  significant  change in school utilization to extend
beyond the six month period; PROVIDED THAT ANY EMERGENCY SCHOOL  CLOSING
OCCURRING DURING THE TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN--TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN SCHOOL
YEAR  OR  THE  TWO  THOUSAND  FOURTEEN--TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN SCHOOL YEAR
SHALL ONLY REMAIN IN EFFECT DURING SUCH TIME AS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY  IN
ORDER TO PRESERVE STUDENT HEALTH, SAFETY OR GENERAL WELFARE.
  S 2. Paragraph (h) of subdivision 1 of section 2590-g of the education
law,  as  amended by chapter 345 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read
as follows:
  (h) approve proposals for all school closures or  significant  changes
in  school  utilization  including the phase-out, grade reconfiguration,
re-siting, or co-location of schools, following any hearing pursuant  to
subdivision  two-a of section twenty-five hundred ninety-h of this arti-
cle; PROVIDED THAT THE CITY BOARD SHALL NOT APPROVE ANY PROPOSAL  FOR  A
SCHOOL  CLOSING,  SCHOOL  PHASE-OUT, OR GRADE RECONFIGURATION THAT WOULD
TAKE EFFECT DURING THE  TWO  THOUSAND  THIRTEEN--TWO  THOUSAND  FOURTEEN
SCHOOL  YEAR  OR  THE TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN--TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN SCHOOL
YEAR.
  S 3. Section 305 of the education law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
subdivision 43 to read as follows:
  43.  THE  COMMISSIONER SHALL ESTABLISH A SCHOOL CLOSURE EVALUATION AND
REVIEW COMMITTEE, WHICH SHALL REVIEW THE IMPACTS RELATING TO THE  NUMBER
OF  LOW-PERFORMING  SCHOOLS  THAT  HAVE  BEEN  CLOSED IN THE CITY SCHOOL
DISTRICT LOCATED IN A CITY OF ONE MILLION OR MORE INHABITANTS INCLUDING,
BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPACT TO  STUDENT  EDUCATIONAL  EXPERIENCE  AND
ACHIEVEMENT,  AND SHALL ALSO CONSIDER WHETHER ALTERNATIVE POLICIES WOULD
HAVE A MORE POSITIVE IMPACT ON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. THE COMMITTEE  SHALL
INCLUDE,  BUT  NOT  BE  LIMITED  TO,  ACADEMICIANS WHO STUDY EDUCATIONAL
OUTCOMES, PSYCHOMETRICIANS AND EDUCATION POLICY EXPERTS. THE COMMISSION-
ER SHALL REPORT THE COMMITTEE'S FINDINGS TO THE CHAIRS OF THE SENATE AND
ASSEMBLY EDUCATION COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE FINANCE COMMIT-
TEE AND THE CHAIR OF THE ASSEMBLY WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE NO LATER THAN
SEPTEMBER THIRTIETH, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the  amend-
ments  made  to  sections  2590-h  and  2590-g  of  the education law by
sections one and two of this act shall not affect the expiration of such
sections pursuant to chapter 345 of the laws of 2009  and  shall  expire
and be deemed repealed therewith.

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