senate Bill S7718A

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

Allows school districts to allow August conference days

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Jul 18, 2012 signed chap.260
Jul 06, 2012 delivered to governor
Jun 21, 2012 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.130
substituted for a10233a
referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 19, 2012 ordered to third reading cal.1336
Jun 18, 2012 print number 7718a
amend and recommit to rules
Jun 15, 2012 referred to rules

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S7718 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10233A
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3604, Ed L

S7718 - Bill Texts

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Allows school districts to schedule August conference days.

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BILL NUMBER:S7718

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to allowing school districts to
schedule August conference days

PURPOSE:
This bill would allow school districts to elect, subject to collective
bargaining agreements, to hold conference days during the last two
weeks of August and such conference days will count toward the 180
day requirement for state aid.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends Education Law § 3604 to permit school districts to
schedule conference days in the last two weeks of August, subject to
collective bargaining requirements pursuant to article fourteen of
the civil service law.

Section 2 makes this act effective on the first of July next
succeeding the date on which it shall become law.

JUSTIFICATION:
Under current law, up to four conference days are permitted and
counted toward the 180 day requirement for state aid. The 2012-13
school year calendar, however, presents challenges in meeting the 180
day requirements for state aid due to recognized holidays for school
closure. This bill, therefore, allows school districts to elect to
conduct superintendent conference days during the last two weeks of
August before students return to classes and such days will be
counted toward the 180 day requirement and eligible for state aid.
Such school district election is, however, subject to collective
bargaining agreements.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

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

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

                                  7718

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 15, 2012
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the  education  law,  in  relation  to  allowing  school
  districts to schedule August conference days

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 8 of section 3604  of  the  education  law,  as
amended  by  section  46 of part H of chapter 83 of the laws of 2002, is
amended to read as follows:
  8. No school shall be in session on a Saturday  or  a  legal  holiday,
except  general election day, Washington's birthday and Lincoln's birth-
day, and except that driver education classes  may  be  conducted  on  a
Saturday. A deficiency not exceeding [three] FOUR days during any school
year caused by teachers' attendance upon conferences held by superinten-
dents  of  schools  of  city  school districts or other school districts
employing superintendents of schools shall be excused by the commission-
er, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW,  RULE  OR  REGULATION  TO  THE
CONTRARY,  A  SCHOOL DISTRICT MAY ELECT TO SCHEDULE SUCH CONFERENCE DAYS
IN THE LAST TWO  WEEKS  OF  AUGUST,  SUBJECT  TO  COLLECTIVE  BARGAINING
REQUIREMENTS  PURSUANT TO ARTICLE FOURTEEN OF THE CIVIL SERVICE LAW, AND
SUCH DAYS SHALL BE COUNTED TOWARDS THE REQUIRED ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY  DAYS
OF  SESSION,  provided  however, [notwithstanding any other provision of
law, that during the nineteen hundred  ninety-two--ninety-three  through
the  two  thousand  two--two thousand three school years and thereafter,
the] THAT SUCH SCHEDULING SHALL NOT ALTER THE OBLIGATION OF  THE  SCHOOL
DISTRICT  TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO STUDENTS IN NON-PUBLIC ELEMENTARY
AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS OR CHARTER SCHOOLS. THE commissioner shall  excuse
a  deficiency  not exceeding four days during such school year caused by
teachers' attendance upon  conferences  held  by  such  superintendents,
provided  that at least two such conference days during such school year
shall be dedicated to staff attendance upon conferences providing  staff
development  relating  to implementation of the new high learning stand-
ards and assessments, as adopted by the board of regents.  Notwithstand-
ing  any  other  provision  of  law, rule or regulation to the contrary,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15776-02-2

S. 7718                             2

school districts may elect to use one or more of such allowable  confer-
ence  days  in  units  of  not  less than one hour each to provide staff
development activities relating to implementation of the new high learn-
ing  standards  and  assessments.  A  district  making such election may
provide such staff development  during  the  regularly  scheduled  daily
session  and  apply  such units to satisfy a deficiency in the length of
one or more daily sessions of instruction for  pupils  as  specified  in
regulations of the commissioner. The commissioner shall assure that such
conference  days  include  appropriate  school  violence  prevention and
intervention training, and may require that up to  one  such  conference
day be dedicated for such purpose.
  S  2.  This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.

S7718A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10233A
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3604, Ed L

S7718A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Allows school districts to schedule August conference days.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S7718A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the education law, in relation to allowing school
districts to schedule August conference days

PURPOSE:
This bill would allow school districts to elect, subject to collective
bargaining agreements, to hold conference days during the last two
weeks of August and such conference days will count toward the 180 day
requirement for state aid.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends Education Law § 3604 to permit school districts to
schedule conference days in the last two weeks of August, subject to
collective bargaining requirements pursuant to article fourteen of the
civil service law.

Section 2 makes this act effective on the first of July next
succeeding the date on which it shall become law.

JUSTIFICATION:
Under current law, up to four conference days are permitted and
counted toward the 180 day requirement for state aid. The 2012-13
school year calendar, however, presents challenges in meeting the 180
day requirements for state aid due to recognized holidays for school
closure. This bill, therefore, allows school districts to elect to
conduct superintendent conference days during the last two weeks of
August before students return to classes and such days will be counted
toward the 180 day requirement and eligible for state aid. Such
school district election is, however, subject to collective bargaining
agreements.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.

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

                                 7718--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 15, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. FLANAGAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be  committed  to  the  Committee  on  Rules  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  education  law,  in relation to allowing school
  districts to schedule August conference days

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  8  of  section 3604 of the education law, as
amended by section 46 of part H of chapter 83 of the laws  of  2002,  is
amended to read as follows:
  8.  No  school  shall  be in session on a Saturday or a legal holiday,
except general election day, Washington's birthday and Lincoln's  birth-
day,  and  except  that  driver  education classes may be conducted on a
Saturday. A deficiency not exceeding [three] FOUR days during any school
year caused by teachers' attendance upon conferences held by superinten-
dents of schools of city school  districts  or  other  school  districts
employing superintendents of schools shall be excused by the commission-
er,  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  PROVISION  OF  LAW, RULE OR REGULATION TO THE
CONTRARY, A SCHOOL DISTRICT MAY ELECT TO SCHEDULE SUCH  CONFERENCE  DAYS
IN  THE  LAST  TWO  WEEKS  OF  AUGUST,  SUBJECT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
REQUIREMENTS PURSUANT TO ARTICLE FOURTEEN OF THE CIVIL SERVICE LAW,  AND
SUCH  DAYS SHALL BE COUNTED TOWARDS THE REQUIRED ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS
OF SESSION, provided however, [notwithstanding any  other  provision  of
law,  that  during the nineteen hundred ninety-two--ninety-three through
the two thousand two--two thousand three school  years  and  thereafter,
the]  THAT  SUCH SCHEDULING SHALL NOT ALTER THE OBLIGATION OF THE SCHOOL
DISTRICT TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO STUDENTS IN NON-PUBLIC  ELEMENTARY
AND  SECONDARY SCHOOLS OR CHARTER SCHOOLS. THE commissioner shall excuse
a deficiency not exceeding four days during such school year  caused  by
teachers'  attendance  upon  conferences  held  by such superintendents,
provided that at least two such conference days during such school  year
shall  be dedicated to staff attendance upon conferences providing staff
development relating to implementation of the new high  learning  stand-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15776-03-2

S. 7718--A                          2

ards  and assessments, as adopted by the board of regents. Notwithstand-
ing any other provision of law, rule  or  regulation  to  the  contrary,
school  districts may elect to use one or more of such allowable confer-
ence  days  in  units  of  not  less than one hour each to provide staff
development activities relating to implementation of the new high learn-
ing standards and assessments.  A  district  making  such  election  may
provide  such  staff  development  during  the regularly scheduled daily
session and apply such units to satisfy a deficiency in  the  length  of
one  or  more  daily  sessions of instruction for pupils as specified in
regulations of the commissioner. The commissioner shall assure that such
conference days  include  appropriate  school  violence  prevention  and
intervention  training,  and  may require that up to one such conference
day be dedicated for such purpose.
  S 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.

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