senate Bill S3389

Amended

Requires school districts to establish programs for gifted and twice-exceptional pupils

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 01 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 14 / May / 2013
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 14 / May / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 3389A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Requires that school districts establish a gifted and talented program for gifted and twice-exceptional pupils; establishes guidelines as to the development of such programs and the identification of gifted and twice-exceptional pupils.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4745
Versions:
S3389
S3389A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง4454, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S3301, A3281
2009-2010: A10970, A10970

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3389

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
requiring school districts to establish programs for gifted pupils

PURPOSE: The purpose of this legislation is to add a gifted program
into every school district in the state.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1: A new section 4454 is added to the education law.

Section 2: Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation would require every school district in
the State to establish a gifted and talented program for pupils who meet
the criteria established in the Education Law. Also required of school
districts is the establishment of an ongoing identification process for
gifted students starting in kindergarten and continuing until the
twelfth grade.

New York State is one of only eight states that fail to mandate Gifted
Education and for providence of dedicated funding for Gifted Education.
Currently, there is an inequity of sufficient appropriate educational
opportunities for gifted students across the state: Some urban and weal-
thy suburban districts provide sufficient appropriate education to gift-
ed students; many rural and urban districts fail to provide these oppor-
tunities.

By offering gifted and talented students an appropriate education, New
York State makes itself more attractive for new high technology indus-
tries looking for a highly educated work force.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011: S.3301 Referred to Education Committee 2012:
S.3301 Referred to Education Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: While some school districts in the state currently
have a gifted and talented program, there are many who do not. The
fiscal implications are yet to be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of July next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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

                                  3389

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. ADDABBO -- 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  requiring  school
  districts to establish programs for gifted pupils

  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  4454
to read as follows:
  S  4454. GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM.  1. EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THIS
STATE SHALL ESTABLISH A DISTRICT-WIDE GIFTED AND  TALENTED  PROGRAM  FOR
PUPILS  WHO  MEET THE CRITERIA ESTABLISHED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION
FORTY-FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO OF THIS ARTICLE, AND SHALL  BE  RESPONSIBLE
FOR ENSURING THAT APPROPRIATE INSTRUCTIONAL ADAPTATIONS ARE DESIGNED AND
DELIVERED FOR SUCH PUPILS.
  2.  EACH  SCHOOL  DISTRICT  SHALL  ESTABLISH AN ONGOING IDENTIFICATION
PROCESS FOR GIFTED PUPILS INITIATED IN KINDERGARTEN AND REVIEWED ANNUAL-
LY THROUGH GRADE TWELVE. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL ENSURE THAT THE IDEN-
TIFICATION METHODOLOGY USED IS DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE,  NON-DISCRI-
MINATORY, AND RELATED TO THE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES OFFERED.
  3.  THE  DEPARTMENT SHALL PROVIDE EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT WITH CURRICULUM
FRAMEWORKS WHICH SHALL SUGGEST A VARIETY OF  ACTIVITIES  AND  STRATEGIES
THAT MAY ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL CURRICULA FOR GIFTED PUPILS.
SUCH  FRAMEWORKS  SHALL ADDRESS ADAPTATIONS THAT ARE EDUCATIONALLY CHAL-
LENGING FOR GIFTED PUPILS IN CORE SUBJECT AREAS  AS  IDENTIFIED  BY  THE
DEPARTMENT.
  4.  IN  ADDITION,  THE  SCHOOL  BOARDS  OF  EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL
ENCOURAGE THE ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE  COMMUNITY,
BUSINESS,  INDUSTRY,  LABOR,  AND HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF
THE GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July  next  succeeding
the  date  on  which it shall have become a law; provided, however, that
the commissioner of education is authorized to promulgate any rules  and
regulations necessary for the effective implementation of this act on or
before such date.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08262-01-3

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