senate Bill S1157

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to suspending the granting of charters for proposed charter schools not acted upon prior to April 1, 2013

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to education
Jan 09, 2013 referred to education


S1157 - Details

Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
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Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1192A
2009-2010: S334

S1157 - Summary

Relates to suspending the granting of charters for proposed charter schools not acted upon prior to April 1, 2013; provides that no further action shall be taken for charter schools where classes have not commenced prior to September 1, 2013.

S1157 - Sponsor Memo

S1157 - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E


                             January 9, 2013

Introduced  by Sens. BRESLIN, HASSELL-THOMPSON -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Educa-

AN  ACT to amend the education law, in relation to suspending the grant-
  ing of charters for proposed charter schools not acted upon  prior  to
  April  1,  2013;  and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon
  expiration thereof


  Section  1.  Legislative  findings. Due to a devastating fiscal crisis
not seen since the great depression, New  York  state  faces  staggering
budget  gaps for the foreseeable future.  Furthermore, local governments
face the prospect of reduced state  revenue  sharing  and  local  school
districts face flat or reduced education aid, putting even greater pres-
sure on beleaguered property taxpayers.
  Chapter  4  of  the  laws  of  1998, which enacted the state's charter
school law, created a funding scheme that  requires  the  public  school
district of a student who enrolls in a charter school to pay the charter
school  100%  of  the  district's  prior year average approved per pupil
operating expense. School property taxes are by far  the  highest  local
tax  burden  for  New  York  state  residents  and  redirecting precious
resources at a time of fiscal crisis will place  additional  burdens  on
local  taxpayers.   Moreover, charter schools have primarily been estab-
lished in urban areas that face eroding tax bases  and  declining  popu-
lations.  Small  city  school  districts  are especially hard hit by the
establishment of charter schools.
  The legislature therefore finds that it is in  the  best  interest  of
students  and taxpayers throughout New York state to suspend the charter
school application process as of April 1, 2013.  Furthermore, a proposed

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


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