senate Bill S1411

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires that the NYS board of regents holds at least 2 meetings a year in New York city

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S1411 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5313
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §204, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S6322, A9127

S1411 - Bill Texts

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Requires that the NYS board of regents hold at least 2 meetings a year in New York city and requires announcements of the time, date, location and agenda thereof.

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BILL NUMBER:S1411

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to monthly meetings of the New
York state board of regents

PURPOSE:
To encourage the parents of New York City students to attend and
participate in New York State Board of Regents meetings by requiring
at least two meetings each year to be held in New York City.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Amends section 204 of the education law by adding two new subsections
to the law.

New subsection 3 requires that the Board of Regents hold at least two
meetings each year in a city having a population of one million or
more (New York City). These meetings will he held at. time that will
allow for parental attendance and participation.

The Regents must announce the time, location, and agenda of these
meetings. These announcements will be made available on the Regents'
public website as well as the NYC Department of Education website.
The NYC Department of Education shall also much these announcements
to parent education advocates, teachers, principals, and school
administrators.

At each Regents meeting held in NYC, there will be a period of time
not less than 30 minutes prior to any board or committee action
during which members of the public may speak on any topic on the
agenda.

Committee meetings will be webcast in the same manner as general board
meetings.

JUSTIFICATION:
This bill is a response in part to requests made by parent education
associations for more input into decisions made by the New York State
Board of Regents, the governing body for the state education system.
Enactment of this bill would allow parents direct access to policy
changes and other relevant information that would affect their
children's education. This bill will increase transparency and
accountability when it comes to decisions made at the state level
that impact all stakeholders in the education system, including
students, parents, and teachers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-2012: S.6322 - Died in Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect 120 days after it becomes law. Effective
immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or


regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its
effective date is authorized to be made on or before such date.

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

                                  1411

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. MONTGOMERY, ADAMS, ADDABBO, AVELLA, KRUEGER, PARKER,
  SAVINO  --  read  twice  and  ordered  printed, and when printed to be
  committed to the Committee on Higher Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to  monthly  meetings  of
  the New York state board of regents

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

  Section 1. Section 204 of the education law  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  S 204. Meetings  and  absences. 1. The regents may provide for regular
meetings, and the chancellor, or the commissioner of education,  or  any
five  regents,  may  at  any time call a special meeting of the board of
regents and fix the time and place therefor;  and  at  least  ten  days'
notice  of  every  meeting  shall be mailed to the usual address of each
regent.
  2. If any regent shall fail  to  attend  three  consecutive  meetings,
without excuse accepted as satisfactory by the regents, he may be deemed
to  have  resigned  and the regents shall then report the vacancy to the
legislature, which shall fill it.
  3. A. THE REGENTS SHALL HOLD AT LEAST TWO MEETINGS  IN  EACH  CALENDAR
YEAR IN A CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE. SUCH MEETINGS
SHALL BE HELD AT A TIME TO ENSURE PARENTAL ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION.
  B.  (I)  THE  REGENTS  SHALL ANNOUNCE THE LOCATION, TIME AND AGENDA OF
EACH MEETING TO BE HELD IN A CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION  OR
MORE  WHENEVER SUCH MEETING IS SCHEDULED, BUT NOT LATER THAN THREE WEEKS
BEFORE THE MEETING DATE  TO  ALLOW  ADEQUATE  TIME  FOR  PUBLIC  REVIEW.
PROVIDED,  HOWEVER, THAT IF AN AGENDA FOR ANY SUCH MEETING IS NOT AVAIL-
ABLE, SUCH AGENDA SHALL BE ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
  (II) SUCH ANNOUNCEMENTS SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE ON THE REGENTS' PUBLIC
WEBSITE AND THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF  EDUCATION  WEBSITE  IN  THE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04046-01-3

S. 1411                             2

SAME  MANNER  AS  OTHER PUBLIC MEETINGS ARE ANNOUNCED. THE NEW YORK CITY
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SHALL INFORM PARENT EDUCATION ADVOCATES,  TEACH-
ERS,  PRINCIPALS  AND  OTHER SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS OF THE LOCATION, TIME
AND  AGENDA  OF  SUCH MEETINGS HELD IN A CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE
MILLION OR MORE. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE TERM  "PARENT
EDUCATION ADVOCATES" SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO PARENT ASSOCI-
ATIONS, PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATIONS, SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAMS, PRESIDENTS
COUNCILS,  DISTRICT  LEADERSHIP  TEAMS  AND  CITYWIDE  AND COMMUNITYWIDE
EDUCATION COUNCILS.
  C. AT EACH MEETING OF THE REGENTS HELD IN A CITY HAVING  A  POPULATION
OF  ONE  MILLION OR MORE, THE PUBLIC SHALL BE ALLOTTED A PERIOD OF TIME,
NOT LESS THAN THIRTY MINUTES, TO SPEAK ON ANY TOPIC ON THE  AGENDA.  THE
PUBLIC  SPEAKING PERIOD SHALL TAKE PLACE PRIOR TO ANY BOARD OR COMMITTEE
ACTION.
  4. EVERY COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE REGENTS SHALL BE WEBCAST IN THE SAME
MANNER AS GENERAL BOARD MEETINGS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition,  amend-
ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
tation  of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on or
before such date.

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