Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|May 29, 2014
reported and committed to finance
|Jan 08, 2014
referred to education
|Jan 09, 2013
referred to education
Senate Bill S950
2013-2014 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Finance Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2013-S950 (ACTIVE) - Details
2013-S950 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S950 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to allowing the purchase of curriculum and instructional resources with money set aside for textbooks PURPOSE: This bill will allow schools to use textbook funds provided by the state in order to purchase concrete models that demonstrate mathematic or scientific concepts. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Article 2 of § 701 of the education law is amended by defining "curriculum and instructional resources". Article 3 is amended by allowing school districts to use funds to purchase these materials that are currently allocated exclusively to textbooks. JUSTIFICATION: Studies have shown that scientific and mathematical models are more important to learning these educational concepts than textbooks. New York's school districts receive funding for textbooks from the state; they do not receive funding for mathematical and scientific models. This legislation will correct this practice by allowing schools to decide whether textbooks or tactile models are the right purchase.
2013-S950 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 950 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- 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 allowing the purchase of curriculum and instructional resources with money set aside for textbooks THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 701 of the education law, as amended by chapter 587 of the laws of 1973, subdivision 2 as amended by section 1 of part A-1 of chapter 58 of the laws of 2011, subdivision 3 as amended by chapter 391 of the laws of 1989, subdivision 4 as amended by chapter 82 of the laws of 1995, subdivision 6 as amended by section 6 of part B of chapter 57 of the laws of 2007, subdivision 7 as amended by section 2 of part A of chapter 436 of the laws of 1997 and subdivision 8 as added by chapter 635 of the laws of 1984, is amended to read as follows: S 701. Power to designate text-books; purchase and loan of text-books; purchase of supplies. 1. In the several cities and school districts of the state, boards of education, trustees or such body or officer as perform the functions of such boards, shall designate text-books AND CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES to be used in the schools under their charge. 2. (A) A text-book, for the purposes of this section shall mean: (i) any book, or a book substitute, which shall include hard covered or paperback books, work books, or manuals and (ii) for expenses incurred after July first, nineteen hundred ninety-nine, any courseware or other content-based instructional materials in an electronic format, as such terms are defined in the regulations of the commissioner, which a pupil is required to use as a text, or a text-substitute, in a particular class or program in the school he or she legally attends. For expenses incurred on or after July first, two thousand eleven, a text-book shall EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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