senate Bill S3989

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes community district education council selection committees within community districts to assist the NYC dept. of education in filling principal/superintendent

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S3989 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §2590-v, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A3364
2009-2010: A5325

S3989 - Bill Texts

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Establishes community district education council selection committees within each community school district to assist the department of education in selecting candidates for school principal or superintendent positions.

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BILL NUMBER:S3989

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
establishing community district education council selection committees
within New York city community school districts to assist the New York
city department of education in selecting candidates to fill principal
and other supervisory service positions

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This amendment would create district
interview committees to help in the decision making process of the
selection of candidates for important positions such as principal and
other supervisory positions.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: §1 The education law is amended by
adding a new section 2590-V.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill would give a voice to parents, teachers,
supervisors and members of the District Education Council in the
selection of principals and community superintendents. Under the new
procedure of governance the chancellor has sole discretion in the
process and does not need to consult with any other groups or
individuals. The interview committee would make advisory
recommendations by presenting a list of names the chancellor would
select from.

This bill would further enhance the role of the community education
council, which presently has no role to play in the selection process
for community superintendent or principal.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This bill has been introduced in the
Assembly.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after
it shall have become law, with provisions.

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

                                  3989

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 4, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. STAVISKY -- 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 establishing community
  district education council selection committees within New  York  city
  community  school  districts to assist the New York city department of
  education in selecting candidates to fill principal and other supervi-
  sory service positions

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

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 2590-v
to read as follows:
  S  2590-V.  COMMUNITY  DISTRICT  EDUCATION  COUNCIL COMMITTEES; ESTAB-
LISHED. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED A COMMITTEE WITHIN EACH COMMUNITY
SCHOOL DISTRICT TO ASSIST THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION,  IN
CONJUNCTION  WITH THE COMMUNITY DISTRICT EDUCATION COUNCILS, IN APPOINT-
ING INDIVIDUALS TO SERVE  COMMUNITY  SUPERINTENDENT  AND  PUBLIC  SCHOOL
PRINCIPAL POSITIONS WITHIN SUCH DISTRICT.  EACH COMMITTEE SHALL BE NAMED
AND  REFERRED  TO  AS THE COMMUNITY DISTRICT EDUCATION COUNCIL SELECTION
COMMITTEE.
  2.  THE COMMITTEE SHALL CONSIST OF NINE VOTING MEMBERS, ONE MEMBER  TO
BE  APPOINTED  BY  THE  COUNCIL  OF  SUPERVISORS AND ADMINISTRATORS, ONE
MEMBER TO BE APPOINTED BY  THE  UNITED  FEDERATION  OF  TEACHERS,  THREE
MEMBERS,  WHO ARE PARENTS OF CHILDREN ATTENDING SCHOOL WITHIN THE JURIS-
DICTION OF THE COMMUNITY DISTRICT, TO BE SELECTED BY THE PRESIDENTS  AND
OFFICERS  OF  THE  PARENTS' ASSOCIATION OR PARENT-TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION,
AND FOUR MEMBERS TO BE MEMBERS OF  THE  APPROPRIATE  COMMUNITY  DISTRICT
EDUCATION  COUNCIL.  EACH  COMMITTEE  SHALL  BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SECURING
NAMES OF RESPECTIVE CANDIDATES FROM THE  NEW  YORK  CITY  DEPARTMENT  OF
EDUCATION  AND  SCHEDULING AN INTERVIEW WITH EACH PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATE.
EACH COMMITTEE SHALL SELECT ONE OF ITS VOTING MEMBERS TO SERVE AS CHAIR.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07756-01-3

S. 3989                             2

RULES FOR CONDUCTING  THESE  INTERVIEWS  SHALL  BE  PROMULGATED  BY  THE
COMMITTEE.
  3.  FOLLOWING  COMPLETION  OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS, AS DESCRIBED IN
SUBDIVISIONS FIVE, SIX AND SEVEN OF THIS SECTION,  THE  COMMITTEE  SHALL
SUBMIT  WRITTEN EVALUATIONS OF EACH CANDIDATE AND ANY RECOMMENDATION FOR
THE SELECTION OF A CANDIDATE TO THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT  OF  EDUCA-
TION  WITHIN  FIVE  BUSINESS  DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THE LAST CANDIDATE'S
INTERVIEW. THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SHALL CONSIDER  ALL
EVALUATIONS  AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CANDIDATES MADE BY THE COMMITTEE
PRIOR TO SELECTING A CANDIDATE FOR THE POSITION.
  4. THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF  EDUCATION  SHALL  NOT  EXTEND  ANY
EMPLOYMENT OFFER TO ANY CANDIDATE PRIOR TO THE COMMITTEE'S SUBMISSION OF
EVALUATIONS  AND  RECOMMENDATIONS TO SUCH DEPARTMENT. ANY OFFER EXTENDED
WITHOUT PRIOR SUBMISSION OF SUCH EVALUATION SHALL CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION
OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  5. THE COMMITTEE SHALL REVIEW ALL PRE-SELECTED APPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OR  SUPERINTENDENT  POSITIONS  WITHIN  THEIR  COMMUNITY
SCHOOL  DISTRICT.  THE  COMMITTEE SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SETTING FORTH
PARTICULAR GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING THE APPLICANTS.  AFTER
REVIEWING  EACH  APPLICATION,  THE COMMITTEE SHALL SUBMIT EVALUATIONS OF
EACH APPLICANT TO THE  NEW  YORK  CITY  DEPARTMENT  OF  EDUCATION.  SUCH
DEPARTMENT  SHALL  REVIEW ALL EVALUATIONS SUBMITTED BY THE COMMITTEE AND
SHALL CONSIDER THE EVALUATIONS IN  SELECTING  THE  FINAL  APPLICANTS  OR
CANDIDATES TO PROCEED TO THE INTERVIEWING STAGE OF THE APPLICATION PROC-
ESS.
  6.  AT  ANY  TIME DURING THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR A PARTICULAR POSI-
TION, THE COMMITTEE MAY, IN GOOD FAITH,  SUBMIT  A  WRITTEN  REQUEST  TO
REVIEW  ALL  APPLICATIONS  SUBMITTED  TO THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION FOR SUCH POSITION. THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT  OF  EDUCATION
SHALL  PERMIT  THE  COMMITTEE  TO REVIEW THE APPLICATIONS. THE COMMITTEE
SHALL BE PERMITTED TO PRESENT TO SUCH DEPARTMENT ANY OTHER  APPLICATIONS
DEEMED WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION.
  7. DURING THE INTERVIEW STAGE OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS, THE NEW YORK
CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SHALL PERMIT THE COMMITTEE TO INTERVIEW ALL
FINAL  CANDIDATES  FOR  THE  POSITION.  THE  NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION SHALL ARRANGE A SECOND INTERVIEW WITH THE CANDIDATES TO AFFORD
THE COMMITTEE AN OPPORTUNITY TO INTERVIEW SUCH CANDIDATES.  THE  COMMIT-
TEE,  BY  A  MAJORITY  VOTE, SHALL MAKE AT LEAST FIVE RECOMMENDATIONS TO
SUCH DEPARTMENT, WHICH SHALL, IN TURN,  MAKE  A  FINAL  SELECTION  OF  A
CANDIDATE FOR THE POSITION FROM THE COMMITTEE'S LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS.
  S  2.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
have become a law. Effective immediately, the chancellor of the New York
city school district shall promulgate any rules, regulations  or  amend-
ments necessary for the implementation of this act.

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