senate Bill S721

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Directs the commissioner of education to establish an incentive program for school districts wishing to implement programs of foreign language in the elementary scho

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to education
Jan 05, 2011 referred to education

S721 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6232
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง815, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1457, A505

S721 - Summary

Directs the commissioner of education to establish an incentive program for school districts wishing to implement programs of foreign language in the elementary schools; further directs the commissioner of education to establish an incentive program for college students wishing to become foreign language teachers and makes an appropriation therefor.

S721 - Sponsor Memo

S721 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                   721

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- 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 directing the  commis-
  sioner  of  education  to  establish  an  incentive program for school
  districts wishing to implement programs of  foreign  language  in  the
  elementary  schools  and  directing  the  commissioner of education to
  establish an incentive program for college students wishing to  become
  foreign language teachers; and making an appropriation therefor

  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 815 to
read as follows:
  S 815. FOREIGN LANGUAGE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROGRAM. 1.  LEGISLA-
TIVE  INTENT.  THE  STUDENTS OF NEW YORK STATE NEED TO HAVE SKILLS IN AT
LEAST ONE LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH (LOTE) AND UNDERSTANDING OF ANOTH-
ER CULTURE IN ORDER TO SUCCESSFULLY CONFRONT THE CHALLENGES OF THE WORLD
OF TODAY AND TOMORROW. THEY WILL HAVE TO COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL  ECONOMY;
WORK  WITH PEOPLE OF DIVERSE CULTURES ABROAD AND AT HOME, AND ENSURE OUR
NATIONAL SECURITY.
  ONE GOAL OF THIS SECTION  IS  TO  PROVIDE  FUNDING  TO  START  FOREIGN
LANGUAGE  IN  THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (FLES) PROGRAMS FOR A LIMITED NUMBER
OF SCHOOLS IN HIGH-NEED DISTRICTS.   PARTICIPATION IN  THIS  PROGRAM  IS
VOLUNTARY.  RELATIVELY FEW SCHOOL DISTRICTS OFFER FLES NATION-WIDE, ONLY
SIX PERCENT OF STUDENTS STUDY FOREIGN  LANGUAGE  IN  ELEMENTARY  SCHOOL.
THESE  DISTRICTS  TEND  TO  BE AMONG THE MORE AFFLUENT. BY CHOOSING FIVE
SCHOOLS IN HIGH-NEED  DISTRICTS,  WE  HOPE  TO  DEMONSTRATE  THAT  THOSE
SCHOOLS  WHO  CANNOT OTHERWISE AFFORD TO HAVE FLES PROGRAMS CAN SUCCEED.
CHILDREN OF LOW-INCOME DISTRICTS DESERVE TO HAVE THE SKILLS  TO  SUCCEED
IN THE GLOBAL WORLD AS WELL AS THOSE OF MORE AFFLUENT AREAS.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01994-01-1

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