senate Bill S5509A

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Directs the commissioner of education to establish an online learning committee to make recommendations for establishment of a statewide online and blended learning program

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Dec 17, 2014 signed chap.513
Dec 05, 2014 delivered to governor
Jun 18, 2014 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.358
substituted for a8845a
Jun 17, 2014 referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 11, 2014 amended on third reading (t) 5509c
Jun 02, 2014 advanced to third reading
May 29, 2014 2nd report cal.
May 28, 2014 1st report cal.952
Feb 04, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Jan 23, 2014 print number 5509b
amend and recommit to education
Jan 08, 2014 referred to education
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 11, 2013 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 10, 2013 advanced to third reading
Jun 05, 2013 2nd report cal.
amended 5509a
Jun 04, 2013 1st report cal.973
May 16, 2013 referred to education

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Feb 4, 2014 - Education committee Vote

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Absent
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Jun 4, 2013 - Education committee Vote

S5509
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committee
18
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Nay
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Absent
0
Excused
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Abstained
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S5509 - Bill Details

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Directs the commissioner of education to establish an online learning advisory council to make recommendations for establishment of a statewide online and blended learning program.

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BILL NUMBER:S5509

TITLE OF BILL: An act to direct the commissioner of education to
establish an online learning advisory committee to make
recommendations on establishing a statewide online and blended
learning program

PURPOSE:

This bill directs the Commissioner of Education to establish an online
learning advisory committee to make recommendation for the
establishment of a statewide online and blended learning program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 sets forth the legislative intent.

Section 2 sets forth guidelines to be followed by the commissioner of
education, in consultation with the New York state broadband program
office, New York State Energy Research and Development Agency, and the
New York State Public Services Commission, to establish an online
learning advisory committee, consisting of twelve members, that will
make recommendations relating to the implementation of a statewide
online and blending learning program.

Section 3 directs the advisory committee to submit preliminary
recommendations by January 1, 2014 to the Executive, legislature and
Chair of the legislative Commission on Rural Resources for
consideration in the SFY 2014/15 Executive Budget. A final report must
be submitted to the Executive, legislature and Chair of the
legislative Commission on Rural Resources by October 1, 2014.

Section 4 sets an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

An unfortunate consequence of the recent fiscal climate has been the
significant challenges presented to our New York schools. Many have
faced difficult decisions with respect to programming and services.
Online and blended learning initiatives, however, offer the
opportunity for students in our most rural districts to receive
instruction on cutting-edge and innovative topics through a fiscally
responsible medium. New York is home to successful projects in online
and blended learning including those in New York City as well as
pockets of upstate New York. Nevertheless, there has been a
demonstrated need for a comprehensive, statewide program to encourage
the delivery of services to all New York schools.

In September 2011, the New York State Education Department convened a
group of education leaders to examine opportunities provided by online
and blended learning. The New York State Online and Blended Learning
Summit identified a "roadmap" as a top priority for the development of
these programs in the state. This legislation builds upon the
recommendations of this group and establishes an advisory committee,
formed by the Commissioner of Education, NYSERDA, the Public Service
Commission, and the Broadband Program Office, to be charged with
making a statewide online and blended learning program. Among the


considerations to be reviewed by the committee are broadband access,
seat-time requirements, administrative barriers, among others.

By enabling a cohesive program for virtual and online learning
statewide, all students will be given the opportunity to capitalize on
advancements throughout the state, gain critical experience with
technology, and gain the skills necessary to compete in our 21s1
century world.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Undetermined

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5509

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. YOUNG -- (at request of the Legislative Commission on
  Rural  Resources)  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed
  to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to direct the commissioner of education to  establish  an  online
  learning  advisory committee to make recommendations on establishing a
  statewide online and blended learning program

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

  Section  1.  Legislative intent. The legislature recognizes that there
is a demonstrated need to reevaluate the delivery of  education  in  New
York  state  in  light of educational advancements and a more technolog-
ically driven economy. In light of academic discrepancies for  those  in
the  most  rural  and underrepresented areas within the state as well as
the unstable economic times, we believe that there is a need to  advance
emerging  technologies  and the potential for implementation of a state-
wide online and blended learning program. This will provide an  opportu-
nity  to  highlight  the  state's most successful programs and make them
universally accessible. A statewide online and blended learning  program
will  not  only have the potential to provide equal educational opportu-
nities to the most remote areas of the state, but help all  students  as
they transition into a competitive marketplace.
  S  2. The commissioner of education, in consultation with the New York
state broadband program office of the empire  state  development  corpo-
ration, the New York state energy research and development authority and
the  public service commission, shall establish an online learning advi-
sory committee which shall develop recommendations for establishment  of
a statewide online and blended learning program. Such advisory committee
shall  be composed of 12 members appointed by the commissioner of educa-
tion. Provided that three members shall be appointed upon the  recommen-
dation of the governor, three members shall be appointed upon the recom-
mendation  of  the  temporary president of the senate, and three members

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10800-02-3

S. 5509                             2

shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the speaker of the  assem-
bly.  The  members  of  the committee shall have demonstrated experience
with or expertise in one of  the  following  areas:  private  or  public
online  providers,  accreditation  of programming, boards of cooperative
educational services, school administration, educational delivery  in  a
rural  setting, existing online and blended learning program development
or institutions of higher education. The recommendations of the advisory
committee shall include, but not be limited to:
  (a) definitions of online and blended learning;
  (b) connecting modules throughout the  state  in  order  to  create  a
statewide  online and blended learning system including, but not limited
to, remote and rural school districts;
  (c) model school district policies, as well as model agreements to  be
used  by  school  districts  in  implementation of an online and blended
learning program including, but not limited to, agreements that  address
billing,  fees,  responsibilities  of online course providers and school
districts;
  (d) best practices from throughout the state that can be  modeled  and
replicated;
  (e)  implementation guidelines and policies for schools without online
and blended learning programs;
  (f) state and federal funding opportunities  for  online  and  blended
learning programs, as well as a review of state aid to online and blend-
ed learning programs;
  (g) regulatory review and development of new regulations pertaining to
online and blended learning programs;
  (h) content and course evaluation;
  (i)  identifiable  academic  programming suited for online and blended
learning that have been eliminated from course offerings within the past
five years including, but not  limited  to,  foreign  language  courses,
technology  classes,  art  and  music,  and  career  and  college  ready
programs;
  (j) partnerships with institutions of higher education  for  workforce
opportunities using online and blended learning;
  (k)  teaching  and  professional  development  requirements  including
recommendations regarding licensure, and compliance with  current  state
laws;
  (l)  technology  support,  including but not limited to, technological
delivery and broadband access to remote and underrepresented  geographic
areas;
  (m) quality assessment and licensing of online providers;
  (n) operational and administrative support guidelines;
  (o)  addressing  barriers  to the implementation of online and blended
learning programs; and
  (p) local school district flexibility  including  recommendations  for
compliance with seat-time and graduation requirements.
  S 3. The advisory committee shall convene on October 1, 2013 to devel-
op  its  recommendations.  On  or  before January 1, 2014, the committee
shall submit a preliminary report of its recommendations  for  consider-
ation  in the executive budget for the 2014-2015 state fiscal year, and,
on or before October 1, 2014, shall submit a final report of its  recom-
mendations  to  the governor, the temporary president of the senate, the
speaker of the assembly and the chairmen of the  legislative  commission
on the development of rural resources.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

S5509A - Bill Details

Law Section:
Education

S5509A - Bill Texts

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Directs the commissioner of education to establish an online learning advisory council to make recommendations for establishment of a statewide online and blended learning program.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S5509A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to direct the commissioner of education to
establish an online learning advisory committee to make
recommendations on establishing a statewide online and blended
learning program

PURPOSE: This bill directs the Commissioner of Education to establish
an online learning committee to make recommendation for establishment
of a statewide online and blended learning program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 sets forth the legislative intent.

Section 2 sets forth guidelines to be followed by the commissioner of
education, in consultation with the New York state broadband program
office, New York State Energy Research and Development Agency, and the
New York State Public Services Commission, to establish an online
learning advisory committee, consisting of twelve members, that will
make recommendations relating to the implementation of a online and
blending learning program using specific considerations. The advisory
committee must convene on or before August 1, 2013.

Section 4 directs the advisory committee to submit preliminary
recommendations by January 1, 2014 to the Executive, legislature and
Chairs of the legislative Commission on Rural Resources for
consideration in the SFY 2014/15 Executive Budget. A final report must
be submitted to the Executive, legislature and Chairs of the
legislative Commission on Rural. Resources by October 1, 2014.

Section 5 sets an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Rural and geographically isolated schools have faced
significant fiscal challenges in recent years. Many school budgets
have included difficult choices to cut programming. With dwindling
course offerings, many students are unable to receive an education
that is competitive in the job market or when vying for acceptance at
a college.

However, today's technology-driven world has proven that a classroom
is no longer limited to a single location. Pockets of programs across
the state offer students the opportunity to access a multitude of
course offerings and learning structures.

By enabling a cohesive program for virtual and online learning
statewide, students will receive a more robust quality education, gain
critical experience with technology, and ultimately become more viable
in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Virtual education has the
opportunity to provide equal education for all students, from those
living in the Adirondacks to those tucked away in western New York.

The legislation directs the Commissioner of Education, in conjunction
with the New York State Broadband Program Office, NYSERDA and the
Public Service Commission, to establish an Online Learning Advisory
Committee and to make recommendations regarding the development and
delivery of such services. Ultimately, the goal is to bring the


findings and subsequent recommendations to the Executive and the
Legislature to be considered for inclusion in the 2014-2015 executive
budget so that we may better prepare students across the state to meet
the demands of our 21st century world.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 5509--A
    Cal. No. 973

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. YOUNG -- (at request of the Legislative Commission on
  Rural  Resources)  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed
  to be committed to the Committee on Education  --  reported  favorably
  from said committee, ordered to first report, amended on first report,
  ordered  to a second report and ordered reprinted, retaining its place
  in the order of second report

AN ACT to direct the commissioner of education to  establish  an  online
  learning  advisory committee to make recommendations on establishing a
  statewide online and blended learning program

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

  Section  1.  Legislative intent. The legislature recognizes that there
is a demonstrated need to reevaluate the delivery of  education  in  New
York  state  in  light of educational advancements and a more technolog-
ically driven economy. In light of academic discrepancies for  those  in
the  most  rural  and underrepresented areas within the state as well as
the unstable economic times, we believe that there is a need to  advance
emerging  technologies  and the potential for implementation of a state-
wide online and blended learning program. This will provide an  opportu-
nity  to  highlight  the  state's most successful programs and make them
universally accessible. A statewide online and blended learning  program
will  not  only have the potential to provide equal educational opportu-
nities to the most remote areas of the state, but help all  students  as
they transition into a competitive marketplace.
  S  2. The commissioner of education, in consultation with the New York
state broadband program office of the empire  state  development  corpo-
ration, the New York state energy research and development authority and
the  public service commission, shall establish an online learning advi-
sory committee which shall develop recommendations for establishment  of
a statewide online and blended learning program. Such advisory committee
shall  be composed of 12 members appointed by the commissioner of educa-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10800-03-3

S. 5509--A                          2

tion. Provided that  of  such  12  members:    three  members  shall  be
appointed  upon  the recommendation of the governor, three members shall
be appointed upon the recommendation of the temporary president  of  the
senate,  three members shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the
speaker of the assembly, and the remaining members shall be appointed in
the sole discretion of the commissioner of education. The members of the
committee shall have demonstrated experience with or expertise in one of
the following areas: private or public online  providers,  accreditation
of  programming,  boards  of  cooperative  educational  services, school
administration, educational delivery in a rural setting, existing online
and blended learning program development, institutions of higher  educa-
tion,  or as a teacher certified pursuant to article 61 of the education
law. The recommendations of the advisory committee  shall  include,  but
not be limited to:
  (a) definitions of online and blended learning;
  (b)  connecting  modules  throughout  the  state  in order to create a
statewide online and blended learning system including, but not  limited
to, remote and rural school districts;
  (c)  model school district policies, as well as model agreements to be
used by school districts in implementation  of  an  online  and  blended
learning  program including, but not limited to, agreements that address
billing, fees, responsibilities of online course  providers  and  school
districts;
  (d)  best  practices from throughout the state that can be modeled and
replicated;
  (e) implementation guidelines and policies for schools without  online
and blended learning programs;
  (f)  state  and  federal  funding opportunities for online and blended
learning programs, as well as a review of state aid to online and blend-
ed learning programs;
  (g) regulatory review and development of new regulations pertaining to
online and blended learning programs;
  (h) content and course evaluation;
  (i) identifiable academic programming suited for  online  and  blended
learning that have been eliminated from course offerings within the past
five  years  including,  but  not  limited to, foreign language courses,
technology  classes,  art  and  music,  and  career  and  college  ready
programs;
  (j)  partnerships  with institutions of higher education for workforce
opportunities using online and blended learning;
  (k)  teaching  and  professional  development  requirements  including
recommendations  regarding  licensure, and compliance with current state
laws;
  (l) technology support, including but not  limited  to,  technological
delivery  and broadband access to remote and underrepresented geographic
areas;
  (m) quality assessment and licensing of online providers;
  (n) operational and administrative support guidelines;
  (o) addressing barriers to the implementation of  online  and  blended
learning programs; and
  (p)  local  school  district flexibility including recommendations for
compliance with seat-time and graduation requirements.
  S 3. The members of the advisory committee shall  receive  no  compen-
sation  for their services, but shall be allowed their actual and neces-
sary expenses incurred in the performance of their  duties  pursuant  to
this act.

S. 5509--A                          3

  S  4. The advisory committee shall convene on or before August 1, 2013
to develop its recommendations.  On  or  before  January  1,  2014,  the
committee  shall  submit a preliminary report of its recommendations for
consideration in the executive budget for  the  2014-2015  state  fiscal
year,  and, on or before October 1, 2014, shall submit a final report of
its recommendations to the governor,  the  temporary  president  of  the
senate,  the  speaker  of the assembly and the chairs of the legislative
commission on the development of rural resources.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

S5509B - Bill Details

Law Section:
Education

S5509B - Bill Texts

view summary

Directs the commissioner of education to establish an online learning advisory council to make recommendations for establishment of a statewide online and blended learning program.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S5509B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to direct the commissioner of education to
establish an online learning advisory committee to make
recommendations on establishing a statewide online and blended
learning program

PURPOSE:

This bill directs the Commissioner of Education to establish an online
learning committee to make recommendation for establishment of a
statewide online and blended learning program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 sets forth the legislative intent.

Section 2 sets forth guidelines to be followed by the commissioner of
education, in consultation with the New York state broadband program
office, New York State Energy Research and Development Agency, and the
New York State Public Services Commission, to establish an online
learning advisory committee, consisting of twelve members, that will
make recommendations relating to the implementation of a online and
blending learning program using specific considerations. The advisory
committee must convene on or before August 1, 2014.

Section 4 directs the advisory committee to submit preliminary
recommendations by January 1, 2015 to the Executive, legislature and
Chairs of the legislative Commission on Rural Resources for
consideration in the SFY 2015/16 Executive Budget. A final report must
be submitted to the Executive, legislature and Chairs of the
legislative Commission on Rural. Resources by October 1, 2015.

Section 5 sets an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Rural and geographically isolated schools have faced significant
fiscal challenges in recent years. Many school budgets have included
difficult choices to cut programming. With dwindling course offerings,
many students are unable to receive an education that is competitive
in the job market or when vying for acceptance at a college.

However, today's technology-driven world has proven that a classroom
is no longer limited to a single location. Pockets of programs across
the state offer students the opportunity to access a multitude of
course offerings and learning structures.

By enabling a cohesive program for virtual and online learning
statewide, students will receive a more robust quality education, gain
critical experience with technology, and ultimately become more viable
in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Virtual education has the
opportunity to provide equal education for all students, from those
living in the Adirondacks to those tucked away in western New York.

The legislation directs the Commissioner of Education, in conjunction
with the New York State Broadband Program Office, NYSERDA and the


Public Service Commission, to establish an Online Learning Advisory
Committee and to make recommendations regarding the development and
delivery of such services. Ultimately, the goal is to bring the
findings and subsequent recommendations to the Executive and the
Legislature to be considered for inclusion in the 2015-2016 executive
budget so that we may better prepare students across the state to meet
the demands of our 21st century world.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013: S.5509-A PASSED SENATE

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Undetermined

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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

                                 5509--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. YOUNG -- (at request of the Legislative Commission on
  Rural  Resources)  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed
  to be committed to the Committee on Education  --  reported  favorably
  from said committee, ordered to first report, amended on first report,
  ordered  to a second report and ordered reprinted, retaining its place
  in the order of second report  --  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 direct the commissioner of education to  establish  an  online
  learning  advisory committee to make recommendations on establishing a
  statewide online and blended learning program

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

  Section  1.  Legislative intent. The legislature recognizes that there
is a demonstrated need to reevaluate the delivery of  education  in  New
York  state  in  light of educational advancements and a more technolog-
ically driven economy. In light of academic discrepancies for  those  in
the  most  rural  and underrepresented areas within the state as well as
the unstable economic times, we believe that there is a need to  advance
emerging  technologies  and the potential for implementation of a state-
wide online and blended learning program. This will provide an  opportu-
nity  to  highlight  the  state's most successful programs and make them
universally accessible. A statewide online and blended learning  program
will  not  only have the potential to provide equal educational opportu-
nities to the most remote areas of the state, but help all  students  as
they transition into a competitive marketplace.
  S  2. The commissioner of education, in consultation with the New York
state broadband program office of the empire  state  development  corpo-
ration, the New York state energy research and development authority and
the  public service commission, shall establish an online learning advi-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10800-08-4

S. 5509--B                          2

sory committee which shall develop recommendations for establishment  of
a statewide online and blended learning program. Such advisory committee
shall  be composed of 12 members appointed by the commissioner of educa-
tion.  Provided  that  of  such  12  members:    three  members shall be
appointed upon the recommendation of the governor, three  members  shall
be  appointed  upon the recommendation of the temporary president of the
senate, three members shall be appointed upon the recommendation of  the
speaker of the assembly, and the remaining members shall be appointed in
the sole discretion of the commissioner of education. The members of the
committee shall have demonstrated experience with or expertise in one of
the  following  areas: private or public online providers, accreditation
of programming,  boards  of  cooperative  educational  services,  school
administration, educational delivery in a rural setting, existing online
and  blended learning program development, institutions of higher educa-
tion, or as a teacher certified pursuant to article 61 of the  education
law.  The  recommendations  of the advisory committee shall include, but
not be limited to:
  (a) definitions of online and blended learning;
  (b) connecting modules throughout the  state  in  order  to  create  a
statewide  online and blended learning system including, but not limited
to, remote and rural school districts;
  (c) model school district policies, as well as model agreements to  be
used  by  school  districts  in  implementation of an online and blended
learning program including, but not limited to, agreements that  address
billing,  fees,  responsibilities  of online course providers and school
districts;
  (d) best practices from throughout the state that can be  modeled  and
replicated;
  (e)  implementation guidelines and policies for schools without online
and blended learning programs;
  (f) state and federal funding opportunities  for  online  and  blended
learning programs, as well as a review of state aid to online and blend-
ed learning programs;
  (g) regulatory review and development of new regulations pertaining to
online and blended learning programs;
  (h) content and course evaluation;
  (i)  identifiable  academic  programming suited for online and blended
learning that have been eliminated from course offerings within the past
five years including, but not  limited  to,  foreign  language  courses,
technology  classes,  art  and  music,  and  career  and  college  ready
programs;
  (j) partnerships with institutions of higher education  for  workforce
opportunities using online and blended learning;
  (k)  teaching  and  professional  development  requirements  including
recommendations regarding licensure, and compliance with  current  state
laws;
  (l)  technology  support,  including but not limited to, technological
delivery and broadband access to remote and underrepresented  geographic
areas;
  (m) quality assessment and licensing of online providers;
  (n) operational and administrative support guidelines;
  (o)  addressing  barriers  to the implementation of online and blended
learning programs; and
  (p) local school district flexibility  including  recommendations  for
compliance with seat-time and graduation requirements.

S. 5509--B                          3

  S  3.  The  members of the advisory committee shall receive no compen-
sation for their services, but shall be allowed their actual and  neces-
sary  expenses  incurred  in the performance of their duties pursuant to
this act.
  S  4. The advisory committee shall convene on or before August 1, 2014
to develop its recommendations.  On  or  before  January  1,  2015,  the
committee  shall  submit a preliminary report of its recommendations for
consideration in the executive budget for  the  2015-2016  state  fiscal
year,  and, on or before October 1, 2015, shall submit a final report of
its recommendations to the governor,  the  temporary  president  of  the
senate,  the  speaker  of the assembly and the chairs of the legislative
commission on the development of rural resources.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

S5509C (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

Law Section:
Education

S5509C (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Directs the commissioner of education to establish an online learning advisory council to make recommendations for establishment of a statewide online and blended learning program.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S5509C

TITLE OF BILL: An act to direct the commissioner of education to
establish an online learning advisory committee to make
recommendations on establishing a statewide online and blended
learning program; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon
expiration thereof

PURPOSE: This bill directs the Commissioner of Education to establish
an online learning committee to make recommendation for establishment
of a statewide online and blended learning program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 sets forth the legislative intent.

Section 2 sets forth guidelines to be followed by the commissioner of
education, in consultation with the New York state broadband program
office, New York .State Energy Research and Development Agency, and
the New York State Public Services Commission, to establish an online
learning advisory committee, consisting of eleven members, that will
make recommendations relating to the implementation of a online and
blending learning program using specific considerations.

Section 3 directs the advisory committee to submit a final report must
be submitted to the Executive, legislature and Chairs of the
legislative Commission on Rural Resources by October 1, 2015.

Section 4 sets an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Rural and geographically isolated schools have faced
significant fiscal challenges in recent years. Many school budgets
have included difficult choices to cut programming. With dwindling
course offerings, many students are unable to receive an education
that is competitive in the job market or when vying for acceptance at
a college.

However, today's technology-driven world has proven that a classroom
is no longer limited to a single location. Pockets of programs across
the state offer students the opportunity to access a multitude of
course offerings and learning structures.

By enabling a cohesive program for virtual and online learning
statewide, students will receive a more robust quality education, gain
critical experience with technology, and ultimately become more viable
in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Virtual education has the
opportunity to provide equal education for all students, from those
living in the Adirondacks to those tucked away in western New York.

The legislation directs the Commissioner of Education, in conjunction
with the New York State Broadband Program Office, NYSERDA and the
Public Service Commission, to establish an Online Learning Advisory
Committee and to make recommendations regarding the development and
delivery of such services. Ultimately, the goal is to bring the
findings and subsequent recommendations to the Executive and the
Legislature to be considered for inclusion in the 2015-2016 executive


budget so that we may better prepare students across the state to meet
the demands of our 21st century world.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013: S.5509-A PASSED SENATE

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately with provisions.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                 5509--C
    Cal. No. 952

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. YOUNG -- (at request of the Legislative Commission on
  Rural  Resources)  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed
  to be committed to the Committee on Education  --  reported  favorably
  from said committee, ordered to first report, amended on first report,
  ordered  to a second report and ordered reprinted, retaining its place
  in the order of second report  --  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  --  reported  favorably  from  said  committee  and
  committed  to the Committee on Finance -- reported favorably from said
  committee, ordered to first and second  report,  ordered  to  a  third
  reading,  amended  and  ordered  reprinted, retaining its place in the
  order of third reading

AN ACT to direct the commissioner of education to  establish  an  online
  learning  advisory committee to make recommendations on establishing a
  statewide online and blended learning program; and providing  for  the
  repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section 1. 1. The commissioner of education shall establish  a  tempo-
rary  online  learning  advisory council which shall develop recommenda-
tions relating to a statewide online and blended learning network.  Such
advisory  council  shall  be  composed of 11 members of whom two members
shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the governor, two  members
shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the temporary president of
the  senate,  two  members shall be appointed upon the recommendation of
the speaker of the assembly and the remaining members shall be certified
teachers, principals and superintendents from rural, urban and  suburban
school districts appointed by the commissioner of education. The commis-
sioner shall appoint a chair of the advisory council. The members of the
advisory  council  shall  represent the diversity of school environments

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10800-12-4

S. 5509--C                          2

throughout the state and have demonstrated experience with expertise  in
one  or more of the following areas: development, programming and use of
online technology and blended learning for education in public  schools,
delivery  of online education in rural communities, regional educational
services, teaching with online and blended learning program  and  insti-
tutions  of higher learning that train teachers about online and blended
educational instruction.
  2. The recommendations of the advisory council shall include, but  not
be limited to:
  (a)  guidance  for  use  of  a  statewide  online and blended learning
network;
  (b) best practices and model school district policies from  throughout
the  state  and  nation  that  may  be considered by school districts in
implementation of an  online  and  blended  learning  program  including
broadband access;
  (c) academic programming suited for online and blended learning;
  (d) partnerships with institutions of higher education and other rele-
vant  stakeholders  for workforce opportunities using online and blended
learning; and
  (e) a review of teaching and  professional  development  policies  and
practices.
  S 2. The members of the advisory council shall receive no compensation
for  their  services,  but  shall  be allowed their actual and necessary
expenses incurred in the performance of their duties  pursuant  to  this
act,  provided  that the advisory council shall be authorized to conduct
meetings in a manner that minimizes travel and costs  as  determined  by
the commissioner of education.
  S  3. The advisory committee shall submit a final report of its recom-
mendations to the governor, the temporary president of the  senate,  the
speaker  of  the  assembly and the chairs of the education committees in
the assembly and senate on or before October 1, 2015.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  and  be
deemed repealed October 1, 2015.

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