senate Bill S687

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to providing funding for transitional programs for students from English-speaking Caribbean countries

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S687 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2323
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3641, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S149, A2485

S687 - Bill Texts

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Relates to providing funding for transitional programs for students from English-speaking Caribbean countries who are not eligible for limited English proficiency programs.

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BILL NUMBER:S687

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to funding for programs to
assist students transitioning from the English-speaking countries of the
Caribbean

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To create transitional programs for students from English-speaking
countries of the Caribbean who do not qualify for programs for
limited English proficiency. School districts in cities having
populations in excess of sixty-five thousand inhabitants upon
application to the commissioner therefore, and within amounts
appropriated for such purpose, shall be eligible for grants to fund
programs conducts by such districts which are designed and intended
for the purpose of aiding the cultural and academic transition of
students from English-speaking countries of the Caribbean into schools
in New York State.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The bill will be effective for City School districts in cities having
populations in excess of sixty-five thousand inhabitants upon
application to the commissioner therefore, and within amounts
appropriated for such purpose, shall be eligible for grants to fund
programs conducted by such districts which are designed and intended
for the purpose of aiding the cultural and academic transition of
students from English-speaking countries of the Caribbean. Such
programs shall provide support and additional instruction to
facilitate the adjustment of such and immigrant students who do not
qualify for programs for limited English proficiency. Such districts
shall file a plan with the commissioner which shall detail procedures
for identifying pupils who have recently immigrated from
English-speaking Caribbean countries and detailing services to be
provided for such students. Preference shall be given to programs
providing instruction, support and services to students who received
limited or interrupted formal education in their country of origin.
The commissioner shall adopt regulations for the implementation of
this grant program.

JUSTIFICATION:
This bill seeks to assist English-speaking Caribbean students who
require extra help in transitioning into New York State Schools but
do not qualify for programs for limited English proficiency, in
school districts of cities having populations in excess of sixty-
five thousand inhabitants. These programs will provide support and
additional instruction to facilitate the adjustment for such
immigrant students.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.7495 of 2008
4/10/08 REFERRED TO EDUCATION
S.149 of 2009
01/07/09 REFERRED TO EDUCATION
01/06/10 REFERRED TO EDUCATION


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Unknown at present time.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the
date on which it shall become a law.

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

                                   687

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SAMPSON -- 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 funding  for  programs
  to  assist  students transitioning from the English-speaking countries
  of the Caribbean

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

  Section  1.  Section  3641 of the education law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 15 to read as follows:
  15. TRANSITION PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS FROM  ENGLISH-SPEAKING  COUNTRIES
OF  THE CARIBBEAN. A. CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN CITIES HAVING POPULATIONS
IN EXCESS OF SIXTY-FIVE THOUSAND INHABITANTS  UPON  APPLICATION  TO  THE
COMMISSIONER   THEREFORE,  AND  WITHIN  AMOUNTS  APPROPRIATED  FOR  SUCH
PURPOSE, SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR GRANTS TO FUND PROGRAMS CONDUCTED BY SUCH
DISTRICTS WHICH ARE DESIGNED AND INTENDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF AIDING  THE
CULTURAL AND ACADEMIC TRANSITION OF STUDENTS FROM ENGLISH-SPEAKING COUN-
TRIES  OF  THE  CARIBBEAN  INTO SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK STATE. SUCH PROGRAMS
SHALL PROVIDE SUPPORT  AND  ADDITIONAL  INSTRUCTION  TO  FACILITATE  THE
ADJUSTMENT  OF  SUCH  IMMIGRANT STUDENTS WHO DO NOT QUALIFY FOR PROGRAMS
FOR LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY.
  B. SUCH DISTRICTS SHALL FILE A PLAN WITH THE COMMISSIONER WHICH  SHALL
DETAIL  PROCEDURES  FOR  IDENTIFYING PUPILS WHO HAVE RECENTLY IMMIGRATED
FROM ENGLISH-SPEAKING CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES AND DETAILING SERVICES  TO  BE
PROVIDED  FOR  SUCH  STUDENTS.  PREFERENCE  SHALL  BE  GIVEN TO PROGRAMS
PROVIDING INSTRUCTION, SUPPORT AND SERVICES  TO  STUDENTS  WHO  RECEIVED
LIMITED OR INTERRUPTED FORMAL EDUCATION IN THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.
  C.  THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ADOPT REGULATIONS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF
THIS GRANT PROGRAM.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July  next  succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02491-01-1

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