senate Bill S7519A

Authorizes the city of Rochester school district to require kindergarten attendance

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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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  • 31 / May / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 12 / Jun / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 12 / Jun / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 7519A
  • 20 / Jun / 2012
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 20 / Jun / 2012
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1429
  • 20 / Jun / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / Jun / 2012
    • VOTE RECONSIDERED - RESTORED TO THIRD READING
  • 20 / Jun / 2012
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A10216A

Summary

Authorizes the Rochester city school district to require kindergarten attendance.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10216A
Versions:
S7519
S7519A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3205, Ed L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7519A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing the Rochester
city school district to require minors age five to attend kindergarten

PURPOSE:
To permit the Rochester City School District to require
kindergarten attendance.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This bill amends Education Law to allow the
Rochester City School District to require attendance in kindergarten.

JUSTIFICATION:
The Rochester City School District currently provides
children a full day kindergarten program in keeping with the numerous
studies documenting the educational benefit and related long-term
success of early quality education. Unfortunately, too many
kindergarten children are absent from school during the year, leaving
them without the benefit of this educational experience.

The Rochester Board of Education recently adopted a resolution
recognizing the importance of kindergarten as part of the educational
process and requesting the authority to require kindergarten
attendance. The resolution notes that, ".... enumerable studies have
documented the value to children of beginning the educational process
at an early age in order to prepare them for a life of learning, work
and active engagement in society."

This measure is designed to address the kindergarten attendance issue
in the Rochester City School District by requiring five-year-old
children to benefit from the District's kindergarten initiative for
long-term academic success.

A similar provision in Education Law was adopted for the Syracuse City
School District 25 years ago.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                 7519--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 31, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Education  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  education  law,  in relation to authorizing the
  Rochester city school district to require minors age  five  to  attend
  kindergarten

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

  Section 1. Paragraph c of subdivision 2 of section 3205 of the  educa-
tion  law,  as  added  by chapter 546 of the laws of 1987, is amended to
read as follows:
  c. The board of education of the Syracuse city school district AND THE
BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE CITY OF  ROCHESTER
[is]  ARE  hereby authorized to require minors who are five years of age
on or before December first to attend kindergarten instruction. However,
the provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to:
  (i) Minors whose parents elect not to enroll their children in  school
until the following September.
  (ii) Students enrolled in non-public schools or in home instruction.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15842-03-2

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