senate Bill S6491

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides special supplemental apportionment for school age children receiving special education programs and services

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Jan 29, 2014 referred to education

S6491 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3551A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3602, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A2115
2009-2010: A2172

S6491 - Summary

Phases in over five years full state funding of school district costs for school age children receiving special education programs and services; requires school districts to reduce their real property tax levy in an amount equal to the increase in state assistance.

S6491 - Sponsor Memo

S6491 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  6491

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 29, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. TKACZYK -- 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  state  assistance  to
  school districts for each school age child receiving special education
  programs and services

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

  Section 1. Legislative findings and  purpose.  The  legislature  finds
that the costs to school districts and, indirectly, to real property tax
payers for providing special education programs and services is increas-
ingly  a  burden making the essential educational mission more difficult
to carry out. The legislature further finds that special education is  a
health based service and should more appropriately be borne by the state
government.  Therefore,  it  is the purpose of this act to phase-in over
five years the assumption by the state of the costs to school  districts
for  each child receiving special education programs and services and to
provide that school property taxes be reduced accordingly.
  S 2. Section 3602 of the education law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
subdivision 21 to read as follows:
  21. SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTAL APPORTIONMENT FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN RECEIV-
ING  SPECIAL  EDUCATION  PROGRAMS  AND  SERVICES. A. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY
OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO  THE  CONTRARY,  EACH  SCHOOL  DISTRICT  SHALL
RECEIVE  A  SPECIAL  SUPPLEMENTAL  APPORTIONMENT FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN
RECEIVING SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND SERVICES BEGINNING JULY  FIRST,
TWO  THOUSAND FIFTEEN AND THEREAFTER AS PROVIDED HEREIN. AS USED IN THIS
SUBDIVISION, THE BASE YEAR APPORTIONMENT SHALL BE THE AMOUNT PAYABLE FOR
EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT'S CLAIMS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN RECEIVING  SPECIAL
EDUCATION  PROGRAMS  AND  SERVICES  FOR  THE  SCHOOL YEAR BEGINNING JULY
FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN.  FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR BEGINNING JULY FIRST,
TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN, EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL RECEIVE THEIR BASE YEAR
APPORTIONMENT PLUS NOT  LESS  THAN  TWENTY  PERCENT  OF  THE  DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN  SUCH  APPORTIONMENT  AND  ITS  TOTAL COST FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION
PROGRAMS. FOR  THE  SCHOOL  YEAR  BEGINNING  JULY  FIRST,  TWO  THOUSAND
SIXTEEN,  EACH  SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL RECEIVE THEIR BASE YEAR APPORTION-

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

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