senate Bill S7754

Relates to creating advanced placement coursework opportunities

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  • 05 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Relates to creating advanced placement coursework opportunities.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10040
Versions:
S7754
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง305, Ed L

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BILL NUMBER:S7754

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
creating advanced placement coursework opportunities

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would expand access to
advanced placement courses and subsidize advanced placement exam fees.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 requires the commissioner to
develop a grant program to assist local school districts with limited
advanced placement offerings in establishing or expanding advanced
placement courses. It also requires the commissioner to develop a
mechanism to subsidize the portion of the advanced placement exam fee
that is not currently funded by a federal program. Section 2 lists the
effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Research shows that students who take advanced
placement courses in high school are more likely than their peers to
earn college degrees in four years, thus saving them money and time.
By expanding access to these courses, and lessening the cost for
financially eligible students who take advanced placement exams, the
state can improve educational and economic opportunity for students
who currently have limited access to such courses.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7754

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 5, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MAZIARZ -- 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  creating  advanced
  placement coursework opportunities

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

  Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by  adding  two
new subdivisions 52 and 53 to read as follows:
  52. (A) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DEVELOP A GRANT PROGRAM TO ASSIST LOCAL
SCHOOL  DISTRICTS  IN  AN  EFFORT TO EITHER ESTABLISH OR EXPAND ADVANCED
PLACEMENT PROGRAMS.  SCHOOLS  WHICH  CURRENTLY  OFFER  FEWER  THAN  FOUR
ADVANCED  PLACEMENT  COURSES AND HAVE AN UNMET ADVANCED PLACEMENT POTEN-
TIAL SHALL BE GIVEN  PREFERENCE  FOR  SUCH  FUNDING.  FUNDING  FOR  SUCH
ASSISTANCE  SHALL  INCLUDE:  RECOGNIZED  TRAINING THAT PROVIDES TEACHERS
WITH THE NECESSARY CONTENT KNOWLEDGE AND INSTRUCTIONAL SKILLS TO PREPARE
STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS IN  ADVANCED  PLACEMENT  COURSES  AND  ON  ADVANCED
PLACEMENT  EXAMINATIONS,  AND  COURSE  START-UP COSTS SUCH AS CURRICULUM
MATERIALS, NECESSARY LABORATORY EQUIPMENT AND OTHER  MATERIALS  REQUIRED
FOR  THE  OFFERING OF SUCH COURSES. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DEVELOP ADDI-
TIONAL GRANT-ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND  SHALL  AWARD  FUNDS  TO  APPLYING
SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACCORDINGLY.
  (B) THE LEGISLATURE SHALL APPROPRIATE STATE MONIES AS MAY BE NECESSARY
TO  IMPLEMENT  SUCH  PROGRAM  IN  ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS
SUBDIVISION.
  53. (A) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DEVELOP A MECHANISM TO FUND, FOR FINAN-
CIALLY ELIGIBLE STUDENTS, THE PORTION OF THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAM FEE
THAT IS NOT CURRENTLY FUNDED BY THE FEDERAL ADVANCE PLACEMENT  TEST  FEE
PROGRAM,  THE COLLEGE BOARD TEST FEE WAIVER AND THE SCHOOL TEST PROCESS-
ING FEE WAIVER.
  (B) THE LEGISLATURE SHALL APPROPRIATE STATE MONIES AS MAY BE NECESSARY
TO IMPLEMENT SUCH MECHANISM IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE  PROVISIONS  OF  THIS
SUBDIVISION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15423-02-4

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