senate Bill S1029

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Directs the commissioner of education to conduct an audit and report on statewide compliance with state instructional regulations for arts education

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 10 / Apr / 2013
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 10 / Apr / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 1029A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Directs the state education commissioner to conduct an audit and report on statewide compliance with state instructional regulations for arts education and to establish a remediation process for schools found to be out of compliance.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1029
S1029A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §815, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S3802
2009-2010: S5878

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BILL NUMBER:S1029

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to directing the commissioner of
education to conduct an audit and report on statewide compliance with
state instructional regulations for arts education

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL
Directs the commissioner of education to conduct an audit and
report on statewide compliance with state instructional regulations
for arts education.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The commissioner of the State Education Department is required to
conduct a statewide audit of compliance for arts instruction.

JUSTIFICATION:
According to Part 100 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of
Education, students are to receive instruction designed to facilitate
the attainment of the State elementary learning standards in the
arts, including dance, music, theater and visual arts. The
instructional requirements track to the percentage of weekly school
time allocated to the arts at the elementary level, units of study at
the intermediate and commencement levels, and availability of three
or five-unit sequences in the arts at the commencement level.
Furthermore, it is recommended that instruction be provided by a
licensed arts teacher.

As there is no comprehensive accounting of arts instruction provided
by the state's public schools, it is not clear if schools and
districts are in compliance the state regulations. In New York City,
where reporting on arts education offerings began after the 2006-2007
school year, data provided by the New York City Department of
Education for the 2007-2008 school year revealed that only 8% of
elementary schools were in a position to provide the minimum that is
required by the State of New York by offering all four art forms in
each grade. Additionally, less than half of New York City middle
schools are ensuring that all students are completing the state
requirements. This bill is an important step towards ensuring that
the arts are a significant part of our youth's learning experience.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.5878-2009: Referred to Rules
S.5878-2010: Referred to Education
S.3802-2012:

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  1029

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  SERRANO,  ADDABBO,  KRUEGER,  MONTGOMERY, PARKER,
  STAVISKY -- 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 directing the commis-
  sioner of education to  conduct  an  audit  and  report  on  statewide
  compliance with state instructional regulations for arts education

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

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 816 to
read as follows:
  S 816. ARTS INSTRUCTION COMPLIANCE.   1.  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL  BE
AUTHORIZED AND REQUIRED TO COLLECT THE NECESSARY DATA AND INFORMATION TO
ASSESS  COMPLIANCE WITH STATE EDUCATION REGULATIONS FOR ARTS INSTRUCTION
AT ALL SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE STATE ONCE EVERY FIVE YEARS.  THE BOARD OF
EDUCATION OR TRUSTEES OF ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS SHALL COMPLY WITH REQUESTS
BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR SUCH INFORMATION AS  IS  DEEMED  RELEVANT  BY  THE
DEPARTMENT.
  2.  THE  INITIAL ASSESSMENT REQUIRED BY THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION
SHALL BE CONDUCTED AND REPORTED TO THE LEGISLATURE  AND  THE  PUBLIC  BY
JUNE,  TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN FOR THE TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN--TWO THOUSAND
FOURTEEN SCHOOL YEAR AND EVERY FIVE YEARS THEREAFTER.
  3. ONCE A DISTRICT HAS BEEN FOUND  TO  BE  COMPLIANT  WITH  THE  STATE
EDUCATION  REGULATIONS  FOR ARTS INSTRUCTION, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL NOT
BE REQUIRED TO ASSESS OR EVALUATE THAT DISTRICT'S LEVEL OF COMPLIANCE AS
PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION OR  TO  INCLUDE  INFORMATION
CONCERNING  THE  DISTRICT'S  COMPLIANCE WITH STATE EDUCATION REGULATIONS
FOR ARTS INSTRUCTION IN THE REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE AND THE PUBLIC  AS
PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00550-01-3

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