senate Bill S1570A

Relates to the expenditure of pre-kindergarten program grant funds

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 1570A

Summary

Relates to the expenditure of prekindergarten program grant funds.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4867A
Versions:
S1570
S1570A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3602-e, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1580A, S1580A
2009-2010: S6777, S6777

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BILL NUMBER:S1570A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the
expenditure of pre-kindergarten program grant funds

PURPOSE:

The Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK) is a State-funded program
that provides educationally-based high-quality prekindergarten to four
year old children. UPK programs operate for a minimum of 2 1/2 hours
per day for five days a week during the school year. This legislation
would provide school districts with greater flexibility in the use of
their unexpended UPK grants to maximize the number of children who are
served.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 would permit a school district which is eligible to receive
a UPK grant but unable to fill all of their funded slots the ability
to utilize unexpended grant money to create full-day slots, and
support the cost of transporting pre-k students.

Section 2 would revise a Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirement that
penalizes school districts that provide supplemental funding to serve
more students than their UPK grant permits by reducing state aid if
they serve fewer students in a subsequent year.

JUSTIFICATION:

Early education programs provide a strong foundation for at-risk
children. Research has shown that children who are enrolled in high
quality pre-kindergarten programs are less likely to require special
education services, repeat grades or drop out of school. However, full
implementation of UPK has not been realized. Approximately 220 school
districts in the state have yet to implement UPK due primarily to
restrictions in how the funding is used. Information reported to the
state Education Department has indicated that uncertainty about
funding; insufficient per-pupil allocations; parental desire for
full-day programs; and the lack of transportation for pre-k program
are all barriers to full enrollment. The City of New York was unable
to use over $25 million in UPK funding in the 2008-2009 SPY, due to
these restrictions. This legislation would allow school districts to
more fully utilize their UPK grant and remove disincentives for
districts to serve additional students when economically possible.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: S.1580A - Referred to Education
S.6777 of 2009-10 - Passed Senate

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

July 1, 2015.


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

                                 1570--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. PARKER, ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Education  --
  recommitted  to  the  Committee on Education in accordance with Senate
  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the education law, in relation to the expenditure of
  pre-kindergarten program grant funds

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  10 of section 3602-e of the education law is
amended by adding a new paragraph d to read as follows:
  D. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY  IN  THE
EVENT  A SCHOOL DISTRICT WHICH IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A GRANT UNDER THIS
SECTION IS UNABLE TO EXPAND PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS AS  DETERMINED  BY
THE  COMMISSIONER  THEN  SUCH DISTRICT SHALL BE PERMITTED TO UTILIZE THE
EQUIVALENT  OF  SUCH  UNUSED  PRE-KINDERGARTEN  GRANT  FUNDS  FOR  LOCAL
PRE-KINDERGARTEN  INITIATIVES, FULL-DAY PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS AND/OR
TRANSPORTATION SERVICES FOR PRE-KINDERGARTEN PUPILS AS APPROVED  BY  THE
COMMISSIONER,  PROVIDED,  HOWEVER, THAT SUCH EXCESS MAY NOT BE GENERATED
THROUGH A REDUCTION  IN  PRE-KINDERGARTEN  STUDENTS  SERVED  FROM  THOSE
SERVED IN THE BASE YEAR.
  S 2. Subdivision 11 of section 3602-e of the education law, as amended
by  section 10-b of part A of chapter 57 of the laws of 2012, is amended
to read as follows:
  11. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision ten of this section,
where the district serves fewer children during the  current  year  than
PROVIDED  FOR  BY THE GRANT the lesser of the children served in the two
thousand ten--two thousand eleven school year or its base aidable [prek-
indergarten] PRE-KINDERGARTEN  pupils  computed  for  the  two  thousand
seven--two  thousand  eight  school year, the school district shall have

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02857-02-4

S. 1570--A                          2

its apportionment reduced in an amount proportional to  such  deficiency
in  the  current year or in the succeeding school year, as determined by
the commissioner, except  such  reduction  shall  not  apply  to  school
districts  which  have  fully  implemented  a universal pre-kindergarten
program by making such program available to all eligible children.  SUCH
REDUCTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO DISTRICTS THAT REDUCE THE NUMBER OF  AVAIL-
ABLE  PRE-KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS SERVED SO LONG AS THE DISTRICT CONTINUES
TO SERVE THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN PROVIDED FOR IN THE BASE YEAR.  Expenses
incurred  by  the  school  district  in  implementing a pre-kindergarten
program plan pursuant to  this  subdivision  shall  be  deemed  ordinary
contingent expenses.
  S 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.

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