senate Bill S5510

Amended

Allows a parent to request an additional parent residing in the school district to participate in committees on special education

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 26 / May / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 11 / Jun / 2011
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 01 / May / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.638
  • 02 / May / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 07 / May / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 5510A
  • 21 / Jun / 2012
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A7216A

Summary

Allows a parent to request an additional parent residing in the school district to participate in committees on special education.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S5510
S5510A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง4402, Ed L

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5510

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to the additional parent member
of committees on special education

PURPOSE:
This bill will enable parents to decide whether to have the additional
parent or person in a parental relationship to the student included
as a member on the committee on special education (CSE).

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This bill amends subclause (viii) of clause (a) of subparagraph 1 of
paragraph 2 (b) of subdivision 1 of section 4402 of the education
law, by eliminating the automatic requirement that an additional
parent member serve on all committees on special education. It
replaces it with a requirement that such member must be appointed at
the request of a parent of the student whose individualized education
plan (IEP) is being reviewed. School districts will be required to
notify parents of this option to request participation of the
additional parent.

EXISTING LAW:
New York state uniquely requires that IEP teams include a "parent
member," in addition to a child's own parent, when convening an
annual review of a child's IEP. Although a parent member may provide
insight into the IEP process, no part of the IEF development is
dependent on the additional parent member's expertise.

JUSTIFICATION::
This bill will provide much needed mandate relief to the Committee on
Special Education (CSE). The New York city Department of Education
holds approximately 150,000 IEP meetings annually, with as many hours
spent on IEP development.

The elimination of automatic stipend payments and transportation
reimbursements for these parent volunteers would save the DOE
approximately $460,000 annually. By streamlining the process, the
proposal would also result in additional operational savings.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to the state.
Savings of approximately $460,000 annually to the NYC DOE.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                  5510

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 26, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. FLANAGAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the additional  parent
  member of committees on special education

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

  Section 1. Subclause (viii) of clause (a) of subparagraph 1  of  para-
graph  b  of  subdivision  1  of  section  4402 of the education law, as
amended by chapter 194 of the laws  of  2004,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  (viii)  IF  REQUESTED BY THE PARENT OR PERSON IN PARENTAL RELATIONSHIP
TO THE STUDENT, an additional parent, residing in the school district or
a neighboring school district, of a student  with  a  disability,  of  a
student who has been declassified and is no longer eligible for an indi-
vidualized  education program (IEP), or a parent of a disabled child who
has graduated, for a period of five years beyond the student's declassi-
fication or graduation, provided such parent shall not be employed by or
under contract with the school district[, and provided further that such
additional parent shall not be a required member if the parents  request
that  such  additional  parent  member not participate]. DISTRICTS SHALL
PROVIDE PARENTS AND PERSONS IN  PARENTAL  RELATIONSHIP  TO  THE  STUDENT
NOTICE  OF  THE  RIGHT  TO  REQUEST  THE  PARTICIPATION OF AN ADDITIONAL
PARENT;
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11845-01-1

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