senate Bill S5998

Requires charter schools to provide notice of probatory status or received remedial action plan

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  • 27 / Nov / 2013
    • REFERRED TO RULES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Requires charter schools to provide notice of probationary status or received remedial action plan.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8302
Versions:
S5998
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §2855-a, Ed L

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BILL NUMBER:S5998

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
parental notification when charter schools are placed on probation or
receive a remedial action plan

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

Requires charter schools to provide notice to parents of their
probatory status or received remedial action plan.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

The Education law is a mended by adding a new section 2855-a.

JUSTIFICATION:

The legislation will require a charter school on probation to disclose
that they are under probation and are currently following a remedial
action plan to remain open. The legislation was sparked by recent
incidents involving Citizens of the World Charter School. The school
continued to recruit parents after they had been placed on probation
without providing any notification.

Clearly, non-notification is a purposeful omission of important
information by the school. When charter schools attempt to recruit
parents without informing them that their school is on probation, they
are potentially jeopardizing the future of these families, if they do
in fact enroll and the school is closed shortly thereafter. Students
could potentially be left with no school to go to, especially if a
school closes and the public school they left is now at capacity.

Families should be able to make informed decisions, and this
legislation will certainly assist the process.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New for 2013-14.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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

                                  5998

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            November 27, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to parental  notification
  when  charter  schools  are  placed on probation or receive a remedial
  action plan

  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 2855-a
to read as follows:
  S  2855-A.  PARENTAL  NOTIFICATION.  1.  PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIANS OF
CHILDREN WHO ARE ENROLLED IN CHARTER SCHOOLS OR  WHOM  THE  SCHOOLS  ARE
ATTEMPTING  TO RECRUIT SHALL BE NOTIFIED WHEN SUCH SCHOOLS MAY BE PLACED
ON PROBATION OR RECEIVE A REMEDIAL ACTION PLAN FROM THE  CHARTER  ENTITY
OR REGENTS.
  2. THE TERM "CHARTER SCHOOL" SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS DEFINED IN
THIS CHAPTER.
  3.  SUCH  NOTICE SHALL BE GRANTED WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF ACTUAL NOTICE OF
SUCH A SCHOOL'S STATUS.
  4. AS SCHOOLS PROVIDE NOTICE, THEY SHALL DISCLOSE  THEIR  PROBATIONARY
STATUS AND REMEDIAL ACTION PLAN TO REMAIN OPEN.
  5.  SUCH  PROVIDED NOTICE SHALL BE WRITTEN AND SENT VIA POSTAL MAIL TO
THE PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIANS. IN THE EVENT OF DUAL CUSTODY SITUATIONS,
THE SCHOOLS SHALL PROVIDE  WRITTEN  NOTICE  TO  BOTH  PARENTS  IF  THEIR
ADDRESSES ARE ON FILE WITH THE SCHOOL.
  6. SCHOOLS SHALL ALSO DISCLOSE THEIR PROBATIONARY STATUS IN A DATABASE
THAT SHALL BE UPDATED EVERY TWO WEEKS. IN THIS DATABASE, CHARTER SCHOOLS
SHALL DISCLOSE ANY PROBATIONARY STATUS AND REMEDIAL ACTION PLANS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13121-01-3

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