senate Bill S1574A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Enacts the "Place a Child in Every School Seat Act of 2015" for the purposes of awareness of and incentives to improve school attendance

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Feb 10, 2014 print number 1574a
amend (t) and recommit to education
Jan 08, 2014 referred to education
Jan 09, 2013 referred to education

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S1574 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5693A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §3205-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1570A
2009-2010: S4372

S1574 - Bill Texts

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Enacts the "Place a Child in Every School Seat Act" for the purposes of awareness of and incentives to improve school attendance and retention.

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BILL NUMBER:S1574

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to enacting the "Place a
Child in Every School Seat Act of 2014"

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To establish a public awareness and education campaign on the
importance of earning a high school degree, and create an incentive
program to improve school attendance by offering awards based on best
overall attendance and/or most improved attendance, under the
direction of the Education Department with the advice and consent of
the Board of Regents.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Adds a new section 3205-a to the education law to provide for a public
awareness and education campaign on the importance of earning a high
school degree, and to create an incentive program to improve school
attendance statewide.

JUSTIFICATION:
Studies have demonstrated a clear link between absenteeism in school
and juvenile delinquency. According to the National Conference of
State Legislatures, one study of high .school dropouts showed that 80
percent had been chronically absent from school in the previous
school year. There are widespread public benefits to improving school
attendance, including reduced crime, higher earning potential by high
school graduates, and greater civic engagement. Several states have
adopted innovative programs to improve school attendance, including
pizza parties, ice cream socials, and even financial rewards. New
York should not "bribe" its students to attend school, but we should
provide additional motivation in an appropriate manner.

This bill directs the State Education Department to establish a public
awareness and education campaign on the importance of earning a high
school degree, and to create an incentive program to improve school
attendance by offering awards based on best overall attendance and/or
most improved attendance. The nature of these incentives would be
decided by the Department with the advice and consent of the Board of
Regents and should appeal to school children in all parts of the
state and in all income brackets.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12: S.1570A - Referred to Education
01/10/11 Referred to Education
A.291/S.4372 of 2009/2010

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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

                                  1574

                       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 enacting the "Place  a
  Child in Every School Seat Act of 2014"

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as  the  "place  a
child in every school seat act of 2014".
  S  2.  The  education law is amended by adding a new section 3205-a to
read as follows:
  S 3205-A. "PLACE A CHILD IN EVERY SCHOOL SEAT  ACT  OF  2014";  PUBLIC
AWARENESS OF PUBLIC SCHOOL ATTENDANCE; INCENTIVES TO IMPROVE ATTENDANCE.
1. THE DEPARTMENT IS HEREBY DIRECTED TO ESTABLISH A PUBLIC AWARENESS AND
EDUCATION CAMPAIGN THAT INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, EMPHASIZING THE
BENEFITS  OF  ATTENDING  SCHOOL AND EARNING, AT A MINIMUM, A HIGH SCHOOL
DIPLOMA, AND THE POTENTIAL  CONSEQUENCES  RELATED  TO  DROPPING  OUT  OF
SCHOOL.  SUCH  PUBLIC AWARENESS AND EDUCATION CAMPAIGN SHALL BE DIRECTED
AT MINORS WHOSE ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL IS  REQUIRED  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION
THIRTY-TWO  HUNDRED  FIVE OF THIS PART AND AT THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS
AND SHALL UTILIZE A VARIETY OF MEDIA SUCH AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,  TELE-
VISION, BILLBOARDS, RADIO, AND INTERNET.
  2. THE DEPARTMENT IS HEREBY DIRECTED TO CREATE AN INCENTIVE PROGRAM TO
IMPROVE  STUDENT  ATTENDANCE  REQUIRED  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION THIRTY-TWO
HUNDRED FIVE OF THIS PART. INCENTIVES SHALL BE DEVELOPED WITH THE ADVICE
AND CONSENT OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS AS TO AN APPROPRIATE BUT MOTIVATION-
AL INCENTIVE THAT WILL APPEAL TO STUDENTS IN ALL PARTS OF THE STATE  AND
IN  ALL  INCOME BRACKETS. THE DEPARTMENT IS ENCOURAGED TO DEVELOP INCEN-
TIVES DIRECTED AT STUDENTS SPECIFICALLY SO AS TO MOTIVATE EXCITEMENT AND
ENTHUSIASM FOR ATTENDANCE. SUCH AN INCENTIVE PROGRAM AND/OR AWARDS SHALL
BE BASED ON A DISTRICT'S OVERALL ATTENDANCE OR MOST IMPROVED  ATTENDANCE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02852-01-3

S. 1574                             2

AS  A  PERCENTAGE OF THE STUDENT BODY FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. INCENTIVES
MAY BE AWARDED TO MORE THAN ONE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN EACH SCHOOL YEAR.
  3.  THE  DEPARTMENT  IS  DIRECTED  TO MAKE A GOOD FAITH EFFORT TO SEEK
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND/OR PRIVATE RESOURCES TO  SUPPLEMENT  APPROPRIATED
FUNDS  TO  DEVELOP THE PROGRAMS CREATED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISIONS ONE AND
TWO OF THIS SECTION.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

S1574A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5693A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §3205-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1570A
2009-2010: S4372

S1574A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

view summary

Enacts the "Place a Child in Every School Seat Act" for the purposes of awareness of and incentives to improve school attendance and retention.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S1574A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
enacting the "Place a Child in Every School Seat Act of 2015"

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To establish a public awareness and education campaign on the
importance of earning a high school degree, and create an incentive
program to improve school attendance by offering awards based on best
overall attendance and/ox most improved attendance, under the
direction of the Education Department with the advice and consent of
the Board of Regents.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Adds a new section 3205-a to the education law to provide for a public
awareness and education campaign on the importance of earning a high
school degree, and to create an incentive program to improve school
attendance statewide.

JUSTIFICATION:

Studies have demonstrated a clear link between absenteeism in school
and juvenile delinquency. According to the National Conference of
State Legislatures, one study of high school dropouts showed that 80
percent had been chronically absent from school in the previous school
year. There are widespread public benefits to improving school
attendance, including reduced crime, higher earning potential by high
school graduates, and greater civic engagement. Several states have
adopted innovative programs to improve school attendance, including
pizza parties, ice cream socials, and even financial rewards. New York
should not "bribe" its students to attend school, but we should
provide additional motivation in an appropriate manner.

This bill directs the State Education Department to establish a public
awareness and education campaign on the importance of earning a high
school degree, and to create an incentive program to improve school
attendance by offering awards based on best overall attendance and/or
most improved attendance. The nature of these incentives would be
decided by the Department with the advice and consent of the Board of
Regents and should appeal to school children in all parts of the state
and in all income brackets.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: S.1570A - Referred to Education
2009-2010: A.291/S.4372 - Referred to Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.


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

                                 1574--A

                       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  --  recommitted
  to the Committee on Education in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8
  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended
  and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to enacting the "Place  a
  Child in Every School Seat Act of 2015"

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as  the  "place  a
child in every school seat act of 2015".
  S  2.  The  education law is amended by adding a new section 3205-a to
read as follows:
  S 3205-A. "PLACE A CHILD IN EVERY SCHOOL SEAT  ACT  OF  2015";  PUBLIC
AWARENESS OF PUBLIC SCHOOL ATTENDANCE; INCENTIVES TO IMPROVE ATTENDANCE.
1. THE DEPARTMENT IS HEREBY DIRECTED TO ESTABLISH A PUBLIC AWARENESS AND
EDUCATION CAMPAIGN THAT INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, EMPHASIZING THE
BENEFITS  OF  ATTENDING  SCHOOL AND EARNING, AT A MINIMUM, A HIGH SCHOOL
DIPLOMA, AND THE POTENTIAL  CONSEQUENCES  RELATED  TO  DROPPING  OUT  OF
SCHOOL.  SUCH  PUBLIC AWARENESS AND EDUCATION CAMPAIGN SHALL BE DIRECTED
AT MINORS WHOSE ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL IS  REQUIRED  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION
THIRTY-TWO  HUNDRED  FIVE OF THIS PART AND AT THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS
AND SHALL UTILIZE A VARIETY OF MEDIA SUCH AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,  TELE-
VISION, BILLBOARDS, RADIO, AND INTERNET.
  2. THE DEPARTMENT IS HEREBY DIRECTED TO CREATE AN INCENTIVE PROGRAM TO
IMPROVE  STUDENT  ATTENDANCE  REQUIRED  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION THIRTY-TWO
HUNDRED FIVE OF THIS PART. INCENTIVES SHALL BE DEVELOPED WITH THE ADVICE
AND CONSENT OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS AS TO AN APPROPRIATE BUT MOTIVATION-
AL INCENTIVE THAT WILL APPEAL TO STUDENTS IN ALL PARTS OF THE STATE  AND
IN  ALL  INCOME BRACKETS. THE DEPARTMENT IS ENCOURAGED TO DEVELOP INCEN-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02852-02-4

S. 1574--A                          2

TIVES DIRECTED AT STUDENTS SPECIFICALLY SO AS TO MOTIVATE EXCITEMENT AND
ENTHUSIASM FOR ATTENDANCE. SUCH AN INCENTIVE PROGRAM AND/OR AWARDS SHALL
BE BASED ON A DISTRICT'S OVERALL ATTENDANCE OR MOST IMPROVED  ATTENDANCE
AS  A  PERCENTAGE OF THE STUDENT BODY FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. INCENTIVES
MAY BE AWARDED TO MORE THAN ONE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN EACH SCHOOL YEAR.
  3. THE DEPARTMENT IS DIRECTED TO MAKE A  GOOD  FAITH  EFFORT  TO  SEEK
FEDERAL  GOVERNMENT  AND/OR PRIVATE RESOURCES TO SUPPLEMENT APPROPRIATED
FUNDS TO DEVELOP THE PROGRAMS CREATED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISIONS  ONE  AND
TWO OF THIS SECTION.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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