senate Bill S5369

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Directs the commissioner of education to study and report on the provision of services to public school students in grades 8 through 12 by guidance counselors

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 16 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO NEW YORK CITY EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1118
  • 05 / Jun / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 10 / Jun / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 13 / Jun / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 5369A
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO NEW YORK CITY EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE
  • 13 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO NEW YORK CITY EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE
  • 13 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 5369B
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO EDUCATION
  • 29 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1031
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Directs the commissioner of education to study and report on the provision of services to public school students in grades 8 through 12 by guidance counselors.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S5369
S5369A
S5369B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5369

TITLE OF BILL: An act to direct the commissioner of education to
examine, evaluate and make recommendations on the provision of
services by public school guidance counsellors

PURPOSE: To direct the commissioner of education to study and report
on the provision of services to public school students by guidance
counselors.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one of the bill requires the commissioner of education to (a)
determine the ration of guidance counselors to students; (b) the
amount of time guidance counselors spend with students in a school
year; (c) the number of students guidance counselors interview in a
school quarter; (d) the number of students in each grade that are
interviewed by a guidance counselor during a quarter; (e) the services
guidance counselors provide to students; (t) the number of hours
guidance counselors are available to students each school day; and (g)
the type of services that should be provided.

JUSTIFICATION: School counselors can be a vital piece of the college
readiness puzzle for high school students. For instance, guidance
counselors encouraging students to take AP courses, help students
through the college application and financial aid process, and also
connect students with community resources to help them succeed both
during high school and after graduation. School counselors work in
collaboration with the entire school community and are committed to
the education and emotional development of all students. However, many
counselors are bogged down with tasks that don't allow them to put
their skills to work. In addition, there is also a concern that the
student to counselor ratio may be too high, which makes it difficult
for the counselor to help students achieve their goals, whether it be
college or work. This bill would require the Commissioner of Education
to undertake a comprehensive study of guidance counselors on a school
district and statewide basis to come up with proposals to implement
recommendations to help guidance counselors fulfill their roll.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be deter lined.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined,

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5369

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  FELDER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to direct the commissioner of education to examine, evaluate  and
  make  recommendations  on  the  provision of services by public school
  guidance counsellors

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

  Section  1.  The commissioner of education is hereby directed to exam-
ine, evaluate and make recommendations on the provision of  services  to
students  of  the  public  schools of the state by guidance counsellors.
Such commissioner shall study, with particular care:
  (a) the ratio of guidance counsellors to students, by  public  school,
school district and statewide;
  (b)  the  amount  of  time  each  guidance counsellor spends with each
student during a school year, by  public  school,  school  district  and
statewide;
  (c)  the number of students each guidance counsellor interviews during
a school quarter, by public school, school district and statewide;
  (d) the number of students in each grade that  are  interviewed  by  a
guidance  counsellor  during  a school quarter, by public school, school
district and statewide;
  (e) the services guidance counsellors provide to students,  by  public
school and school district;
  (f) the number of hours guidance counsellors are available to students
each school day, by public school, school district and statewide;
  (g)  the  types  and  frequency  of  guidance counsellor services that
should be provided to students in public schools.
  S 2. On or before January 1, 2014, the commissioner of education shall
submit a report of its findings, conclusions and recommendations to  the
governor,  the  temporary  president  of  the senate, the speaker of the
assembly, and the chairs of the senate and assembly committees on educa-
tion. Such report shall also include such legislative proposals  as  the
commissioner deems necessary to implement his or her recommendations.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11039-01-3

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