senate Bill S2197

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Provides schools the option to operate one hundred eighty days of instruction or the equivalent number of hours of pupil instruction

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to education
Jan 18, 2011 referred to education

S2197 - Details

Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd Ed L, generally
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:

S2197 - Summary

Provides schools the option to operate one hundred eighty days of instruction or the equivalent number of hours of pupil instruction.

S2197 - Sponsor Memo

S2197 - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 18, 2011

Introduced  by  Sen.  SALAND -- 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 the required number of
  days school is in session and providing schools the option to  operate
  one  hundred  eighty  days  of instruction or the equivalent number of
  hours of pupil instruction


  Section  1.  Legislative  findings. The legislature finds and declares
that a number of schools nationwide have implemented a  flexible  school
week schedule while still maintaining the statutorily required amount of
instructional  time. This type of flexibility has resulted in savings on
such items as energy, transportation and substitute teacher costs, along
with better attendance, less time lost  to  extracurricular  activities,
more  opportunities  for  teacher  training and appointments, and longer
class periods for instructional time. Many of  the  districts  in  other
states  which have already implemented flexible school schedules tend to
be smaller and  rural  with  long  transportation  routes  to  and  from
schools,  and  with  no  other  option to save costs other than to close
schools or layoff staff. Given the fiscal crisis facing New York as well
as rising fuel, energy, and transportation costs, a flexible school week
schedule based on the equivalent hours of pupil  instruction  may  offer
schools  operational  flexibility  without  jeopardizing  the  amount of
instructional time required by law.
  New York state is without legal authority to  operate  less  than  one
hundred  eighty  days  of  instruction without forfeiting state aid. The
lack of operational  flexibility  in  school  districts,  in  particular
regard  to instructional days, is a problem largely unaddressed in state
statute or regulation. A well-planned alternative school  week  schedule
can  be  cost-effective,  and  can  provide flexibility for those school
districts in fiscal crisis, while maintaining a quality education.

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


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