senate Bill S7703

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Provides for the reimbursement to school districts for ninety percent of expenses incurred in providing transportation for children with special needs

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Provides for the reimbursement to school districts for ninety percent of expenses incurred in providing transportation for children with special needs.

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BILL NUMBER:S7703

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
in relation to reimbursement of certain transportation expenses of
school districts

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To restore the state's 90 percent reimbursement rate for expenses
incurred by school districts for transporting children with
disabilities.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 requires the commissioner of education to reimburse school
districts 90 percent of their expenses incurred in transporting
children to special education programs pursuant to section 4402 of
the education law.

Section 2 requires the commissioner of education to promulgate any
regulations necessary to implement the act.

Section 3 sets an immediate effective date providing that districts
shall be eligible for 90 percent reimbursement beginning with 2012-13
school year expenses.

JUSTIFICATION:
Prior to 1992, state transportation aid was equalized for all school
districts with every school district being reimbursed 90 percent of
their eligible transportation expenses. Since that time however,
transportation reimbursement has been determined by the wealth of the
district and rates vary considerably.

The expenses associated with transporting children with disabilities
to special education programs are disproportionately high.

This measure seeks to reinstate the policy of equalized reimbursement
for the expenses of transporting these particular children. In this
way, our most fragile children will continue to have access to the
programs that best meet their needs without unduly burdening local
taxpayers.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New legislation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
The cost would not be borne by the state until the 2013-14 state
fiscal year and will depend on a number of factors including: 1) the
number of school districts providing services pursuant to section
4402; 2) the number of children being transported and the respective
expenses for transporting such children; and 3) the difference
between ninety percent and the districts' current rate of
reimbursement.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to expenses
beginning for the 2012-13 school year.


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

                                  7703

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 14, 2012
                               ___________

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

AN ACT in relation to reimbursement of certain  transportation  expenses
  of school districts

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

  Section 1. Notwithstanding any provision of law, rule or regulation to
the contrary, the  commissioner  of  education  shall  reimburse  school
districts  for  ninety  percent  of their expenses incurred in providing
transportation services pursuant to section forty-four  hundred  two  of
the education law.
  S 2. The commissioner of education shall promulgate any rules or regu-
lations that may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this act.
  S  3.  This act shall take effect immediately, provided, however, that
school districts shall be eligible for  reimbursement  provided  for  in
this act for expenses incurred beginning in the 2012-13 school year.







 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD16266-01-2

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