senate Bill S2283

Relates to the composition of community district education councils

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    • Passed Assembly
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  • 15 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 02 / May / 2013
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO NEW YORK CITY EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE
  • 08 / May / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO EDUCATION
  • 21 / May / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.643
  • 22 / May / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 23 / May / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 29 / May / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A833

Summary

Relates to the composition of community district education councils by permitting membership of parents of former students.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A833
Versions:
S2283
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง2590-b, Ed L

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2283 REVISED 1/28/13

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to the composition of community
district education councils

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would
expand the pool of
eligible parents for membership on the City-wide Council on English
Language Learners (CCELL), and would therefore widen parent
participation and help fill vacancies.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section one of the bill would amend Education Law section
2950-b(5)(a)(i), which sets out the qualifications for parent members
of the City-wide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL). Under
current law, the nine parent members of the CCELL must be parents of
students who are in a bilingual or ELL program. This bill would
expand eligibility to parents of students who have been in such a
program within the last two years, thus permitting parents of former
ELL students to serve on the CCELL.

JUSTIFICATION:
The City-wide Council on English Language Learners
(CCELL) is established by subdivision 5 of Education Law section
2590-b. It is to consist of 11 voting members and one non-voting
member. The 11 voting members are to include 9 parents of current ELL
students and 2 members appointed by the NYC Public Advocate. The
non-voting member is to be a high school senior who is or has been an
ELL student.

It has been difficult to fill all of the parent member vacancies, and
at the start of the 2011-2013 term, the CCELL did not even have
enough members to have a quorum for convening a meeting. While some
interim actions have been taken to resolve that issue, the CCELL
itself recognizes the difficulty in recruiting parents who are
eligible to serve and had suggested that the law and the Chancellors
regulations be interpreted to permit parents of former ELL students
to serve on the CCELL. (Resolution
003 dated February 7, 2012).
The
NYC Department of Education has stated that current law does not
permit such an interpretation. (Letter dated April 17, 2012 to
Assemblymember O'Donnell). This legislation would address the
recruitment problem by expanding eligibility to parents who have
recent experience with ELL programs, and whose children have achieved
sufficient language proficiency to move out of ELL programs.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None, New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2283

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 15, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- 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  the  composition  of
  community district education councils

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

  Section 1. Subparagraph (i) of  paragraph  (a)  of  subdivision  5  of
section 2590-b of the education law, as added by chapter 345 of the laws
of 2009, is amended to read as follows:
  (i)  nine voting members who shall be parents of students who are in a
bilingual or English as a second language program conducted pursuant  to
section  thirty-two  hundred  four  of this chapter, SOME OF WHOM MAY BE
PARENTS OF STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN IN SUCH A PROGRAM WITHIN THE PRECEDING
TWO YEARS, to be selected  by  parents  of  students  who  receive  such
services  pursuant to a representative process developed by the chancel-
lor. Such members shall serve a two year term;
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately, provided,  however,  that
the  amendments to subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) of subdivision 5 of
section 2590-b of the education law made by  section  one  of  this  act
shall  not  affect the repeal of such subdivision and shall be deemed to
repeal therewith.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02593-01-3

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