senate Bill S5087

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes the commissioner of education to disregard a reduction in the apportionment of public money to the Clarkstown central school district

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Dec 18, 2013 signed chap.540
Dec 06, 2013 delivered to governor
Jun 21, 2013 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.641
substituted for a7226
Jun 17, 2013 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1393
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jun 04, 2013 reported and committed to finance
May 08, 2013 referred to education

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S5087 - Bill Details

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A7226
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Rockland County

S5087 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes the commissioner of education to disregard a reduction in the apportionment of public money to the Clarkstown central school district.

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BILL NUMBER:S5087

TITLE OF BILL: An act to authorize the commissioner of education to
disregard a reduction in the apportionment of public money to the
Clarkstown central school district

PURPOSE: Provides that the Clarkstown central school district shall be
entitled to full aid notwithstanding the fact that they were in session
for only 179 days.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill provides that, notwith-
standing the fact that the Clarkstown central school district was only
in session for one hundred seventy-nine days in the 2012-2013 school
year, the Commissioner of Education is authorized to disregard the
reduction of state aid required pursuant to section 3604 of the Educa-
tion Law and shall pay the Clarkstown central school district it's
apportionment as if it had been in session for the required one hundred
eighty days. Section 2 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: The Clarkstown Central School District failed to meet the
minimum of 180 session days due to devastating weather conditions caused
by Super-Storm Sandy and an unexpected snowstorm on March 8, 2013. Under
ordinary circumstances, Education Law requires that districts utilize
scheduled vacation days to make-up any days of instruction to fulfill
the 180-day requirement. However, Clarkstown was unable to reschedule
days during available vacation days during "Spring Break" due to possi-
ble infringement of religious practices surrounding the holidays of
Passover and Easter. Large numbers of people from both the Jewish and
Christian faiths reside in the district, and require those vacation days
to observe religious customs and be with their families. Being away from
school, and together with family, is an essential part of growing up and
is not something that Clarkstown school district was comfortable inter-
rupting by scheduling a make-up day. This legislation will authorize the
Commissioner of Education to disregard a reduction in state aid due to
the extraordinary and unique circumstances, which caused the school
district to be in session only one day less than the required 180.
Furthermore this legislation is essential to prevent the burden of lost
foundation aid being placed onto the local taxpayers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to state; prevents the loss of $110,000 in aid
to the Clarkstown central school district.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

    S. 5087                                                  A. 7226

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                               May 8, 2013
                               ___________

IN  SENATE  --  Introduced  by  Sen.  CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Educa-
  tion

IN  ASSEMBLY  --  Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  ZEBROWSKI -- read once and
  referred to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to  authorize  the  commissioner  of  education  to  disregard  a
  reduction  in  the  apportionment  of  public  money to the Clarkstown
  central school district

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

  Section 1. Notwithstanding the fact that the Clarkstown central school
district  was  only  in session for one hundred seventy-nine days in the
2012-2013 school year, the commissioner of education  is  authorized  to
disregard  the  reduction of state aid required pursuant to section 3604
of the education law and shall pay such school district  its  apportion-
ment  as if the school district had been in session for the required one
hundred eighty days.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10793-01-3

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