senate Bill S1029A

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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    • Passed Assembly
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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

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5835
Versions:
S1029
S1029A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §816, amd §305, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S3802, A5551
2009-2010: S5878, A8938

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BILL NUMBER:S1029A

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 and to establish a remediation process for schools found to
be out of compliance

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--A

                       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 -- committee discharged, bill
  amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  commit-
  tee

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 and
  to  establish  a  remediation  process  for schools found to be out of
  compliance

  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.  STATEWIDE  AUDIT  OF  COMPLIANCE.   THE COMMISSIONER SHALL BE
AUTHORIZED AND REQUIRED TO CONDUCT A STATEWIDE AUDIT OF COMPLIANCE  WITH
STATE EDUCATION REGULATIONS FOR ARTS INSTRUCTION. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
OR  TRUSTEES  OF  ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS SHALL COMPLY WITH REQUESTS BY THE
DEPARTMENT FOR SUCH INFORMATION DEEMED RELEVANT BY THE DEPARTMENT.  SUCH
ASSESSMENT  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.
  S 2. Section 305 of the education law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
subdivision 43 to read as follows:
  43. HE OR SHE SHALL REQUIRE THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OR TRUSTEES OF EACH
SCHOOL  DISTRICT  THAT  IS  FOUND  TO  BE  OUT  OF COMPLIANCE WITH STATE
INSTRUCTIONAL REGULATIONS FOR ARTS EDUCATION  TO  DEVELOP  A  CORRECTIVE
ACTION  PLAN  THAT  DESCRIBES    STEPS  TO  ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH STATE
REQUIREMENTS WITH A TIMETABLE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF STEPS WITHIN  TWELVE
MONTHS  OF  THE  AUDIT. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL BE REQUIRED TO REVIEW AND

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00550-03-3

S. 1029--A                          2

APPROVE ALL ACTION PLANS AND FACILITATE THEIR IMPLEMENTATION AND MAKE AN
ANNUAL REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE AND THE PUBLIC  ON  PROGRESS  AT  THOSE
SCHOOLS.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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