senate Bill S1029
(D, WF) 29th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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.
TITLE OF BILL:
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.
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.
S.5878-2009: Referred to Rules
S.5878-2010: Referred to Education
To be determined.
This act shall take effect immediately.
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