senate Bill S5253A

Relates to the New York state office of religious and independent schools establishment act

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  • 15 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1290
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 5253A
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Feb / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Relates to the New York state office of religious and independent schools establishment act.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8043
Versions:
S5253
S5253A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 12-B ยงยง571 - 573, Ed L

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BILL NUMBER:S5253A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the
state office of religious and independent schools establishment act

PURPOSE: Establishes a New York State Office for Religious and
Independent Schools and permits the center to disburse school safety
funds allocated in the 2013-2014 State Budget.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 2: Creates Article 12-B which establishes the New York State
Office for Religious and Independent Schools

Section 3: Sets forth an immediate effective date, provided that any
rules or regulations necessary for the implementation of this act
shall be promulgated and take effect 180 days after such effective
date.

JUSTIFICATION: Presently, the state provides resources to support
students who attend independent or religious schools. Specifically,
resources are allocated for the purpose of obtaining instructional
materials, academic intervention services, transportation services,
and school health and safety measures. The present mechanism for
providing much of these services requires the local public school
district to administer these funds to the independent or religious
school where pupils residing in the public school district attend. The
administration of aid programs benefiting religious and independent
school students often become the responsibility of the public school
districts or BOCES in which such independent or religious schools are
located or in which such independent and religious school students
reside. Placing a burden on the public school system for administering
programs intended to benefit students who attend religious and
independent schools is unfair, inefficient and often ineffective.

The administration of programs benefiting religious and independent
schools can be handled directly by the State Education Department with
increased efficiency and effectiveness with the creation of an office
dedicated for such purpose. Therefore, this legislation would address
these challenges by creating an Office for Religious and Independent
Schools within the State Education Department that would be
exclusively responsible for serving the needs of students who attend
independent and religious schools. The Office for Religious and
Independent Schools will provide an efficient and cost-effective means
of administering the safety equipment and academic intervention funds,
and potentially other programs, while providing religious and
independent school administrators with a single and self-sustaining
office for accessing information and resources intended for their
benefit. Moreover, creating the Office within the State Education
Department will help ensure that the state's religious and independent
schools remain integrally connected to the Regents' efforts to prepare
all students for college and careers.

Additionally, the health and safety of our students, regardless of
where they attend school is of the utmost importance. As such, in
early 2013 resources were appropriated for school districts to upgrade
or install safety equipment. Additional funds for the purchase of


school safety equipment were appropriated for independent and
religious schools in the 2013-2014 Budget. The Office for Religious
and Independent Schools will provide an efficient, cost-effective,
transparent and accountable means of disbursing this safety equipment
funding.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: No new fiscal implications to the state. Funding
for the New York State Office for Religious and Independent Schools is
subject to funding currently appropriated in the 2013-2014 Enacted
State Budget.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, provided that
any rules or regulations necessary for the implementation of this act
shall be promulgated and take effect 180 days after its enactment.

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

                                 5253--A
    Cal. No. 1290

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. FLANAGAN, DeFRANCISCO, LANZA, MARTINS, RANZENHOFER
  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to
  the Committee on Education -- reported favorably from  said  committee
  and  committed  to the Committee on Finance -- reported favorably from
  said committee and committed to the Committee on Rules -- ordered to a
  third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its  place  in
  the order of third reading

AN  ACT  to  amend the education law, in relation to the state office of
  religious and independent schools establishment act

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

  Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature recognizes
that  religious  and independent schools play a vital role in the educa-
tion of children within the many communities throughout  the  state  and
that  is  is  incumbent  on  the  state  to continue to support New York
students who attend these schools. The  legislature  further  recognizes
that  while religious and independent school students are included in an
array of state and federal programs intended to benefit students in  all
schools  including,  but not limited to, instructional materials, school
health and safety measures, academic intervention, professional develop-
ment and transportation services, the administration of  those  programs
falls  most often to the public school districts in which such religious
or independent schools are located or the school districts in which such
religious and independent school students reside. The  legislature  also
recognizes the substantial administrative burden placed on public school
districts  charged  with  administering  services for students over whom
such  districts  have  little  direct  responsibility.  The  legislature
further  recognizes  the  inefficiencies  that  exist  in  administering
programs  to  benefit  students  attending  religious  and   independent
schools.  Therefore,  the  legislature recognizes the need to create the
state office for religious and independent schools for  the  purpose  of

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10879-02-3

S. 5253--A                          2

providing   an  efficient  and  cost-effective  means  of  administering
programs and services to benefit  students  enrolled  in  religious  and
independent schools.
  S 2. The education law is amended by adding a new article 12-B to read
as follows:
                              ARTICLE 12-B
            STATE OFFICE OF RELIGIOUS AND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
SECTION 571. SHORT TITLE.
        572. STATE OFFICE FOR RELIGIOUS AND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS.
        573. RULES AND REGULATIONS.
  S  571.  SHORT  TITLE. THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE KNOWN AND MAY BE CITED AS
THE "STATE OFFICE OF RELIGIOUS  AND  INDEPENDENT  SCHOOLS  ESTABLISHMENT
ACT".
  S  572.  STATE  OFFICE  FOR  RELIGIOUS AND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS. 1. THE
STATE OFFICE FOR RELIGIOUS AND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED
WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE AND COORDINATE SERVICES AND  ADMINISTER
STATE  AND  FEDERAL  PROGRAMS AND APPROPRIATIONS AS MAY BE IDENTIFIED BY
THE COMMISSIONER INTENDED FOR THE BENEFIT OF STUDENTS AND  PERSONNEL  IN
RELIGIOUS  AND  INDEPENDENT  SCHOOLS  AND TO DISSEMINATE INFORMATION AND
CARRY OUT OTHER ACTIVITIES INTENDED FOR  THE  BENEFIT  OF  STUDENTS  AND
PERSONNEL IN RELIGIOUS AND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS.
  2.  THE  DEPARTMENT, ON BEHALF OF THE OFFICE, SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY
TO ACCEPT AND RECEIVE ANY GRANTS, AWARDS, APPROPRIATIONS OR OTHER  FUNDS
AS  MAY  BE MADE AVAILABLE TO CARRY OUT THE FUNCTIONS OF THE OFFICE. ALL
SUCH FUNDS RECEIVED BY OR OTHERWISE MADE  AVAILABLE  TO  THE  DEPARTMENT
SHALL  BE  HELD  IN  A  DISTINCT ACCOUNT OR ACCOUNTS ADMINISTERED BY THE
DEPARTMENT TO CARRY OUT THE FUNCTIONS OF THE OFFICE.
  3. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL UTILIZE A PORTION OF  STATE  AND/OR  FEDERAL
FUNDS  APPROPRIATED  SOLELY FOR THE BENEFIT OF RELIGIOUS AND INDEPENDENT
SCHOOLS FOR PERSONNEL SERVICES NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE  FUNCTIONS  OF
THE OFFICE.
  S  573.  RULES  AND  REGULATIONS.  THE COMMISSIONER MAY PROMULGATE ANY
RULES OR REGULATIONS NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTI-
CLE.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately, provided that  any  rules
or  regulations  necessary  for  the implementation of this act shall be
promulgated and take effect 180 days after such effective date.

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