senate Bill S5509A

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

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BILL NUMBER:S5509A

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 committee to make recommendation for 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 online and
blending learning program using specific considerations. The advisory
committee must convene on or before August 1, 2013.

Section 4 directs the advisory committee to submit preliminary
recommendations by January 1, 2014 to the Executive, legislature and
Chairs 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 Chairs of the
legislative Commission on Rural. Resources by October 1, 2014.

Section 5 sets an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Rural and geographically isolated schools have faced
significant fiscal challenges in recent years. Many school budgets
have included difficult choices to cut programming. With dwindling
course offerings, many students are unable to receive an education
that is competitive in the job market or when vying for acceptance at
a college.

However, today's technology-driven world has proven that a classroom
is no longer limited to a single location. Pockets of programs across
the state offer students the opportunity to access a multitude of
course offerings and learning structures.

By enabling a cohesive program for virtual and online learning
statewide, students will receive a more robust quality education, gain
critical experience with technology, and ultimately become more viable
in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Virtual education has the
opportunity to provide equal education for all students, from those
living in the Adirondacks to those tucked away in western New York.

The legislation directs the Commissioner of Education, in conjunction
with the New York State Broadband Program Office, NYSERDA and the
Public Service Commission, to establish an Online Learning Advisory
Committee and to make recommendations regarding the development and
delivery of such services. Ultimately, the goal is to bring the


findings and subsequent recommendations to the Executive and the
Legislature to be considered for inclusion in the 2014-2015 executive
budget so that we may better prepare students across the state to meet
the demands of our 21st 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--A
    Cal. No. 973

                       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  --  reported  favorably
  from said committee, ordered to first report, amended on first report,
  ordered  to a second report and ordered reprinted, retaining its place
  in the order of second report

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-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10800-03-3

S. 5509--A                          2

tion. Provided that  of  such  12  members:    three  members  shall  be
appointed  upon  the recommendation of the governor, three members shall
be appointed upon the recommendation of the temporary president  of  the
senate,  three members shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the
speaker of the assembly, and the remaining members shall be appointed in
the sole discretion of the commissioner of education. 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, institutions of higher  educa-
tion,  or as a teacher certified pursuant to article 61 of the education
law. 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 members of the advisory committee shall  receive  no  compen-
sation  for their services, but shall be allowed their actual and neces-
sary expenses incurred in the performance of their  duties  pursuant  to
this act.

S. 5509--A                          3

  S  4. The advisory committee shall convene on or before August 1, 2013
to develop its recommendations.  On  or  before  January  1,  2014,  the
committee  shall  submit a preliminary report of its recommendations for
consideration 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 recommendations to the governor,  the  temporary  president  of  the
senate,  the  speaker  of the assembly and the chairs of the legislative
commission on the development of rural resources.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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