senate Bill S2450

Amended

Relates to the provision of special education services at charter schools

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  • 17 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 12 / Feb / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1317
  • 13 / Jun / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 2450A
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • RECOMMITTED TO RULES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 27 / Feb / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 20 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.836
  • 21 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 28 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Relates to the provision of special education services at charter schools.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4315
Versions:
S2450
S2450A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง1950 & 2853, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S7122, A10659

Votes

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2450

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
charter schools providing special education services

PURPOSE: This bill would enable charter schools to serve more
students with special needs, including English language learners and
students with disabilities, by authorizing Boards of Cooperative
Educational Services to contract with charter schools and authorizing
charter schools to establish consortia to serve students at different
locations.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends section 1950(4)(h)(2) of the education
law to authorize Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) to
contract directly with charter schools to provide services.

Section 2 of the bill amends section 2853(1)(b-1) of the education law
by adding a new subparagraph (C) to authorize a charter school to
provide programs and services to its students at a different location
while being deemed to be operating at a single site.

Section 3 of the bill amends section 2853(4)(a) of the education law
by clarifying that a charter school may provide special education
programs and services by contracting with another charter school or a
board of cooperative educational services either on site at the
charter school or at another location.

Section 5 of the bill provides for an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Charter schools have been encouraged to serve greater
numbers of students who are English language learners and students
with disabilities but have not been adequately equipped to provide
such services. This bill would better enable charter schools to serve
more such students by authorizing BOCES to contract with charter
schools to better enable charter schools and by allowing charter
schools to provide Programs and services at other locations.

Allowing a charter school to provide services at an alternative site,
for example, a BOCES or other charter school, would allow for several
charter schools to pool their resources and serve students with
similar needs at the same location. This consortia approach, for
example, would allow one charter school to provide a particular
service and contract with other charter schools with students in need
of that service, without having to re-enroll through a lottery.

Existing education law mandates that charter schools make "good faith
efforts to attract and retain" students with disabilities and students
who are English language learners. Existing law also requires charter
schools to meet enrollment targets for these categories of students
which are comparable to the school district or, in New York City, the
community school district in which the charter school is located.

Currently, charter schools remain at a disadvantage in meeting
enrollment targets for students with disabilities and who are English


language learners due to the fact that they do not operate their own
committee on special education, their students are not mandated to
enroll in the school and, if they choose to enroll, must do so through
a random selection process.

Enactment of this bill will enable charter schools to attract and
retain more students with disabilities or who are English language
learners by contracting with BOCES to provide specialized services in
a similar manner as it provides to district schools and by providing
services to students from other charter schools through a contractual
arrangement to establish a consortia. This latter arrangement also
avoids the need and complication for students with similar
disabilities to re-enroll in another chatter school providing the
needed service and ensures a charter school remains within the
statutory requirement to operate at a single site.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: Passed Senate; Assembly Education
Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE LATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  2450

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 17, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. FLANAGAN -- 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  charter  schools
  providing special education services

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

  Section 1. Subparagraph 2 of paragraph h of subdivision 4  of  section
1950  of  the  education  law,  as amended by chapter 422 of the laws of
2012, is amended to read as follows:
  (2) To enter into contracts with the United  States  of  America,  the
State of New York, any school district, community college, public insti-
tution  of higher education, independent institution of higher education
eligible for aid under section sixty-four hundred one of  this  chapter,
public libraries, CHARTER SCHOOL AUTHORIZED BY ARTICLE FIFTY-SIX OF THIS
CHAPTER,  or  public  agency  in relation to the program of the board of
cooperative educational services, and any such school district, communi-
ty college, institution of higher education, CHARTER SCHOOL,  or  public
agency  is hereby authorized and empowered to do and perform any and all
acts necessary or convenient in relation to the performance of any  such
contracts.
  S  2. Subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (b-1) of subdivision 1 of
section 2853 of the education law, as amended by chapter 101 of the laws
of 2010, are amended and a new subparagraph (C)  is  added  to  read  as
follows:
  (A) a charter school may operate in more than one building at a single
site; [and]
  (B)  a  charter  school  which provides instruction to its students at
different locations for a portion of their school day shall be deemed to
be operating at a single site[.]; AND

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06239-01-3

S. 2450                             2

  (C) A CHARTER SCHOOL  THAT  PROVIDES  PROGRAMS  AND  SERVICES  TO  ITS
STUDENTS AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (A) OF SUBDIVISION
FOUR OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE OPERATING AT A SINGLE SITE.
  S  3.  Paragraph (a) of subdivision 4 of section 2853 of the education
law, as amended by chapter 378 of the laws of 2007, is amended  to  read
as follows:
  (a)  For purposes of sections seven hundred one, seven hundred eleven,
seven hundred fifty-one and nine hundred twelve of this chapter, a char-
ter school shall be deemed a nonpublic school  in  the  school  district
within  which  the charter school is located. Special education programs
and services shall be provided to students with a disability attending a
charter school in accordance with the individualized  education  program
recommended by the committee or subcommittee on special education of the
student's  school  district of residence. The charter school may arrange
to have such services provided by such school district of  residence  or
by  the  charter  school  directly or by contract with another provider,
WHICH MAY INCLUDE ANOTHER CHARTER  SCHOOL  OR  A  BOARD  OF  COOPERATIVE
EDUCATIONAL  SERVICES.  A  CHARTER  SCHOOL MAY PROVIDE SUCH PROGRAMS AND
SERVICES, INCLUDING PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WHO  ARE  ENGLISH
LANGUAGE  LEARNERS, ON-SITE OR ARRANGE TO HAVE SUCH SERVICES PROVIDED AT
ANOTHER SITE.   Where the charter school arranges  to  have  the  school
district  of  residence  provide  such  special  education  programs  or
services, such school district shall provide services in the same manner
as it serves students with disabilities in other public schools  in  the
school  district,  including  the provision of supplementary and related
services on site to the same extent to which it has a policy or practice
of providing such services on the site of such other public schools.
  S 4. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 4 of section 2853 of  the  education
law,  as  added  by chapter 4 of the laws of 1998, is amended to read as
follows:
  (a) For purposes of sections seven hundred one, seven hundred  eleven,
seven hundred fifty-one and nine hundred twelve of this chapter, a char-
ter  school  shall  be  deemed a nonpublic school in the school district
within which the charter school is located. Special  education  programs
and services shall be provided to students with a disability attending a
charter  school  in accordance with the individualized education program
recommended by the committee or subcommittee on special education of the
student's school district of residence. The charter school  may  arrange
to  have  such services provided by such school district of residence or
by the charter school directly or by  contract  with  another  provider,
WHICH  MAY  INCLUDE  ANOTHER  CHARTER  SCHOOL  OR A BOARD OF COOPERATIVE
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES. A CHARTER SCHOOL MAY  PROVIDE  SUCH  PROGRAMS  AND
SERVICES,  INCLUDING  PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE ENGLISH
LANGUAGE LEARNERS, ON-SITE OR ARRANGE TO HAVE SUCH SERVICES PROVIDED  AT
ANOTHER SITE.
  S  5. This act shall take effect immediately, provided that the amend-
ments to paragraph (a) of subdivision 4 of section 2853 of the education
law made by section three of this act shall be subject to the expiration
and reversion of such paragraph pursuant to subdivision d of section  27
of  chapter 378 of the laws of 2007, as amended, when upon such date the
provisions of section four of this act shall take effect.

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