senate Bill S2187

Provides for aidable reimbursement for universal prekindergarten pupils in certain circumstances

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  • 14 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Provides for aidable reimbursement for universal prekindergarten pupils in certain circumstances.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A95
Versions:
S2187
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3622-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S704, A725
2009-2010: S6428, A9745

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2187

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
reimbursement for transportation costs for universal prekindergarten
students under certain circumstances

PURPOSE: This bill will allow school districts who are able to
generate significant reductions in reimbursable transportation through
employment of a variety of efficient practices to reinvest a portion
of the savings to provide State Education Department reimbursable
transportation to Pupils enrolled in universal Pre-Kindergarten
programs (UPK).

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill amends section 3622-a of the
education law by adding a new subdivision 8, to permit school
districts that have reduced reimbursable transportation costs by at
least 5% year over year to reinvest up to 60% of the savings to
provide State Education Department reimbursed transportation to UPK
pupils at the level reimbursed fox all enrolled school age pupils.

JUSTIFICATION: Prekindergarten Programs (UPK) provide opportunities
for young children to participate in challenging, stimulating
programs, designed to support their language, cognitive and social
development while being sensitive to their strengths and needs.

Districts like the Rochester City School District have goals to enroll
every four year old child within the District in UPK. To some extent,
the lack of access to transportation for parents and students is a
barrier to achieving this goal. And in some districts, getting to the
UPK program can be exceptionally hazardous and/or unsafe, especially
for children of this age.

State policy should provide incentives to districts to develop
economies in transportation policy which conserve precious natural
resources. By permitting districts who achieve at least 5% savings in
year over year transportation costs to retain 60% of the savings to
develop a reimbursable transportation program for UPK students, an
appropriate balance of incentives and affordability is achieved which
will save energy AND safely transport our most precious resources, our
children.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010 Referred to Education 2011 Referred to
Education 2012 Referred to Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Reduced cost to the State. School districts who
can meet the eligibility standards in the bill will save the State at
least 40% of its savings.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, with
provisions.

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

                                  2187

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- 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  reimbursement  for
  transportation  costs  for  universal  prekindergarten  students under
  certain circumstances

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

  Section  1. Section 3622-a of the education law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 8 to read as follows:
  8. AIDABLE  REIMBURSEMENT  FOR  UNIVERSAL  PREKINDERGARTEN  PUPILS  IN
CERTAIN  CIRCUMSTANCES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF THIS SECTION OR
ANY LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE TRANSPORTATION COSTS FOR A SCHOOL  DISTRICT
FOR  TRANSPORTING PUPILS ENROLLED IN A UNIVERSAL PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAM
ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION THIRTY-SIX HUNDRED TWO-E OF THIS ARTICLE
SHALL BE AIDABLE AS IF THEY WERE TRANSPORTATION COSTS FOR PUPILS  OTHER-
WISE  ELIGIBLE FOR REIMBURSEMENT PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION IF THE FOLLOW-
ING CONDITIONS ARE MET:
  A. SUCH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL HAVE SHOWN A DECREASE IN AIDABLE  TRANS-
PORTATION  COSTS  FROM  ONE  SCHOOL  YEAR TO THE NEXT (BASE YEARS) OF AT
LEAST FIVE PERCENT, AS REFLECTED IN APPROVED BUDGETS BY THE SCHOOL BOARD
IN THE BASE YEARS;
  B. IF THE STANDARD IN PARAGRAPH A OF THIS SUBDIVISION IS MET, A SCHOOL
BOARD MAY ELECT TO INCLUDE IN ITS APPROVED SCHOOL BUDGET IN  ANY  SUBSE-
QUENT  SCHOOL  YEAR  FOLLOWING THE BASE YEARS UP TO SIXTY PERCENT OF THE
DOLLAR VALUE OF  THE  DECREASE  TO  TRANSPORT  PUPILS  ENROLLED  IN  THE
DISTRICT'S  UNIVERSAL  PREKINDERGARTEN  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION THIRTY-SIX
HUNDRED TWO-E OF THIS ARTICLE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately; provided,  however,  that
the  base years used to calculate eligibility for reimbursement pursuant
to this act may be before the effective date of this act.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03151-01-3

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