senate Bill S6282

Relates to the imposition of community service for students in place of or in conjunction with suspension

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  • 09 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 27 / Feb / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.191
  • 03 / Mar / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 04 / Mar / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 07 / May / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 07 / May / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 07 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Relates to the imposition of community service for students in place of or in conjunction with suspension.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8509
Versions:
S6282
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง3214-a, Ed L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6282

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
authorizing the option of assigning community service as an
alternative to suspension of students or in conjunction thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Allows for the imposition of
community service in place of or in conjunction with suspension

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends the education law by adding a new section 3214-a

Section 2 - effective date

JUSTIFICATION: Under the current law, school principals may impose a
variety of penalties to students who violate the Code of Conduct,
including detentions, in-school suspensions from school, and out-of-
school suspensions from school for a period of up to five (5) days.
Principals have wide discretion in making these determinations.
However, when a student commits a significant violation of the Code of
Conduct that leads to hearing before the Superintendent of Schools,
the only penalty that a Superintendent may impose, if the student is
in fact proven guilty of the violation, is a further suspension of
school. That suspension can be for additional days, weeks or months,
depending on the severity of the violation.

Under certain circumstances, it is prudent to remove students from
school in order to protect and preserve the safety and continuity of
the learning environment for other students. However, in many cases a
prolonged absence from school significantly undermines the viability
of the educational program of the suspended students. This is true
even when the students (of compulsory age) are provided an alternative
learning settings (tutoring, etc.) to which that they are entitled.
(School districts are not required to provide alternative learning
opportunities for students who are beyond compulsory age.)
Furthermore, for those students who may not be fully invested in their
schooling, a lengthy suspension from school may in fact be an
incentive to violate a school's Code of Conduct. Thus in some
circumstances, a lengthy suspension from school may be
counterproductive to the overarching goal of schools, to prepare
students to be contributing members of our communities.

It is worthy to mention that under some circumstances, school
districts can work with families to reach an agreement whereby
students must perform community service in addition to or in lieu of a
suspension from school. However, absent such an agreement, a penalty
of community cannot be imposed. Therefore, this change to the law
would provide Superintendents with the discretion to determine the
best course of action with respect to a penalty for each student who
comes before him/her after a serious violation of the district's Code
of Conduct.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: new bill

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6282

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 9, 2014
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing the option
  of assigning community service as  an  alternative  to  suspension  of
  students or in conjunction thereof

  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 3214-a
to read as follows:
  S 3214-A. COMMUNITY SERVICE. AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO  OR  IN  CONJUNCTION
WITH THE PROVISIONS AUTHORIZED BY SECTION THIRTY-TWO HUNDRED FOURTEEN OF
THIS  ARTICLE,  A BOARD OF EDUCATION, BOARD OF TRUSTEES OR SOLE TRUSTEE,
THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, DISTRICT  SUPERINTENDENT  OF  SCHOOLS  OR
PRINCIPAL  OF  A SCHOOL MAY REQUIRE A PUPIL TO PERFORM COMMUNITY SERVICE
WHEN, IN HIS OR HER DISCRETION, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, BOARD  OF  TRUS-
TEES  OR  SOLE  TRUSTEE,  THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, DISTRICT SUPER-
INTENDENT OF SCHOOLS OR PRINCIPAL OF A SCHOOL DEEMS THAT THE PERFORMANCE
OF SUCH COMMUNITY SERVICE IS APPROPRIATE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11971-02-3

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