senate Bill S5509

Signed by Governor Amended

Directs the commissioner of education to establish an online learning committee to make recommendations for establishment of a statewide online and blended learning program

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 16 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.973
  • 05 / Jun / 2013
    • AMENDED 5509A
  • 05 / Jun / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 10 / Jun / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 23 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 23 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 5509B
  • 04 / Feb / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 28 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.952
  • 29 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 5509C
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A8845A
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.358
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 05 / Dec / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 17 / Dec / 2014
    • SIGNED CHAP.513

Summary

Directs the commissioner of education to establish an online learning advisory council to make recommendations for establishment of a statewide online and blended learning program.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S5509
S5509A
S5509B
S5509C
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Education

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5509

TITLE OF BILL: An act to direct the commissioner of education to
establish an online learning advisory committee to make
recommendations on establishing a statewide online and blended
learning program

PURPOSE:

This bill directs the Commissioner of Education to establish an online
learning advisory committee to make recommendation for the
establishment of a statewide online and blended learning program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 sets forth the legislative intent.

Section 2 sets forth guidelines to be followed by the commissioner of
education, in consultation with the New York state broadband program
office, New York State Energy Research and Development Agency, and the
New York State Public Services Commission, to establish an online
learning advisory committee, consisting of twelve members, that will
make recommendations relating to the implementation of a statewide
online and blending learning program.

Section 3 directs the advisory committee to submit preliminary
recommendations by January 1, 2014 to the Executive, legislature and
Chair of the legislative Commission on Rural Resources for
consideration in the SFY 2014/15 Executive Budget. A final report must
be submitted to the Executive, legislature and Chair of the
legislative Commission on Rural Resources by October 1, 2014.

Section 4 sets an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

An unfortunate consequence of the recent fiscal climate has been the
significant challenges presented to our New York schools. Many have
faced difficult decisions with respect to programming and services.
Online and blended learning initiatives, however, offer the
opportunity for students in our most rural districts to receive
instruction on cutting-edge and innovative topics through a fiscally
responsible medium. New York is home to successful projects in online
and blended learning including those in New York City as well as
pockets of upstate New York. Nevertheless, there has been a
demonstrated need for a comprehensive, statewide program to encourage
the delivery of services to all New York schools.

In September 2011, the New York State Education Department convened a
group of education leaders to examine opportunities provided by online
and blended learning. The New York State Online and Blended Learning
Summit identified a "roadmap" as a top priority for the development of
these programs in the state. This legislation builds upon the
recommendations of this group and establishes an advisory committee,
formed by the Commissioner of Education, NYSERDA, the Public Service
Commission, and the Broadband Program Office, to be charged with
making a statewide online and blended learning program. Among the


considerations to be reviewed by the committee are broadband access,
seat-time requirements, administrative barriers, among others.

By enabling a cohesive program for virtual and online learning
statewide, all students will be given the opportunity to capitalize on
advancements throughout the state, gain critical experience with
technology, and gain the skills necessary to compete in our 21s1
century world.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Undetermined

LOCAL 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5509

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. YOUNG -- (at request of the Legislative Commission on
  Rural  Resources)  -- 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  establish  an  online
  learning  advisory committee to make recommendations on establishing a
  statewide online and blended learning program

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

  Section  1.  Legislative intent. The legislature recognizes that there
is a demonstrated need to reevaluate the delivery of  education  in  New
York  state  in  light of educational advancements and a more technolog-
ically driven economy. In light of academic discrepancies for  those  in
the  most  rural  and underrepresented areas within the state as well as
the unstable economic times, we believe that there is a need to  advance
emerging  technologies  and the potential for implementation of a state-
wide online and blended learning program. This will provide an  opportu-
nity  to  highlight  the  state's most successful programs and make them
universally accessible. A statewide online and blended learning  program
will  not  only have the potential to provide equal educational opportu-
nities to the most remote areas of the state, but help all  students  as
they transition into a competitive marketplace.
  S  2. The commissioner of education, in consultation with the New York
state broadband program office of the empire  state  development  corpo-
ration, the New York state energy research and development authority and
the  public service commission, shall establish an online learning advi-
sory committee which shall develop recommendations for establishment  of
a statewide online and blended learning program. Such advisory committee
shall  be composed of 12 members appointed by the commissioner of educa-
tion. Provided that three members shall be appointed upon the  recommen-
dation of the governor, three members shall be appointed upon the recom-
mendation  of  the  temporary president of the senate, and three members

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10800-02-3

S. 5509                             2

shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the speaker of the  assem-
bly.  The  members  of  the committee shall have demonstrated experience
with or expertise in one of  the  following  areas:  private  or  public
online  providers,  accreditation  of programming, boards of cooperative
educational services, school administration, educational delivery  in  a
rural  setting, existing online and blended learning program development
or institutions of higher education. The recommendations of the advisory
committee shall include, but not be limited to:
  (a) definitions of online and blended learning;
  (b) connecting modules throughout the  state  in  order  to  create  a
statewide  online and blended learning system including, but not limited
to, remote and rural school districts;
  (c) model school district policies, as well as model agreements to  be
used  by  school  districts  in  implementation of an online and blended
learning program including, but not limited to, agreements that  address
billing,  fees,  responsibilities  of online course providers and school
districts;
  (d) best practices from throughout the state that can be  modeled  and
replicated;
  (e)  implementation guidelines and policies for schools without online
and blended learning programs;
  (f) state and federal funding opportunities  for  online  and  blended
learning programs, as well as a review of state aid to online and blend-
ed learning programs;
  (g) regulatory review and development of new regulations pertaining to
online and blended learning programs;
  (h) content and course evaluation;
  (i)  identifiable  academic  programming suited for online and blended
learning that have been eliminated from course offerings within the past
five years including, but not  limited  to,  foreign  language  courses,
technology  classes,  art  and  music,  and  career  and  college  ready
programs;
  (j) partnerships with institutions of higher education  for  workforce
opportunities using online and blended learning;
  (k)  teaching  and  professional  development  requirements  including
recommendations regarding licensure, and compliance with  current  state
laws;
  (l)  technology  support,  including but not limited to, technological
delivery and broadband access to remote and underrepresented  geographic
areas;
  (m) quality assessment and licensing of online providers;
  (n) operational and administrative support guidelines;
  (o)  addressing  barriers  to the implementation of online and blended
learning programs; and
  (p) local school district flexibility  including  recommendations  for
compliance with seat-time and graduation requirements.
  S 3. The advisory committee shall convene on October 1, 2013 to devel-
op  its  recommendations.  On  or  before January 1, 2014, the committee
shall submit a preliminary report of its recommendations  for  consider-
ation  in the executive budget for the 2014-2015 state fiscal year, and,
on or before October 1, 2014, shall submit a final report of its  recom-
mendations  to  the governor, the temporary president of the senate, the
speaker of the assembly and the chairmen of the  legislative  commission
on the development of rural resources.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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