senate Bill S657

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to providing funding for transitional programs for students from English-speaking Caribbean countries

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S657 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3035
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3641, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S687, A2323
2009-2010: S149, A2485

S657 - Bill Texts

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Relates to providing funding for transitional programs for students from English-speaking Caribbean countries who are not eligible for limited English proficiency programs.

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BILL NUMBER:S657

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to funding for programs to
assist students transitioning from the English-speaking countries of the
Caribbean.

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To create transitional programs for
students from English-speaking countries of the Caribbean who do not
qualify for programs for limited English proficiency. School
districts in cities having populations in excess of sixty-five
thousand inhabitants upon application to the commissioner therefore,
and· within amounts appropriated for such purpose, shall be eligible
for grants to fund programs conducts by such districts which are
designed and intended for the purpose of aiding the cultural and
academic transition of students from English-speaking countries of
the Caribbean into schools in New York State.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The bill will be effective for City
School districts in cities having populations in excess of sixty-five
thousand inhabitants upon application to the commissioner therefore,
and within amounts appropriated for such purpose, shall be eligible
for grants to fund programs conducted by such districts which are
designed and intended for the purpose of aiding the cultural and
academic transition of students from English-speaking countries of
the Caribbean. Such programs shall provide support and additional
instruction to facilitate the adjustment of such and immigrant
students who do not qualify for programs for limited English
proficiency. Such districts shall file a plan with the commissioner
which shall detail procedures for identifying pupils who have
recently immigrated from English-speaking Caribbean countries and
detailing services to be provided for such students. Preference
shall be given to programs providing instruction, support and
services to students who received limited or interrupted formal
education in their country of origin. The commissioner shall adopt
regulations for the implementation of this grant program.

JUSTIFICATION:
This bill seeks to assist English-speaking Caribbean
students who require extra help in transitioning into New York State
Schools but do not qualify for programs for limited English
proficiency, in school districts of cities having populations in
excess of sixty-five thousand inhabitants. These programs will
provide support and additional instruction to facilitate the
adjustment for such immigrant students.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.7495 of 2008
04/10/08 REFERRED TO EDUCATION
S.687 of 2011
01/05/11 REFERRED TO EDUCATION
01/04/12 REFERRED TO EDUCATION


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Unknown at present time.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of July next
succeeding the date on which it shall become a law.

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

                                   657

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SAMPSON -- 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 funding  for  programs
  to  assist  students transitioning from the English-speaking countries
  of the Caribbean

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

  Section  1.  Section  3641 of the education law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 16 to read as follows:
  16. TRANSITION PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS FROM  ENGLISH-SPEAKING  COUNTRIES
OF  THE CARIBBEAN. A. CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN CITIES HAVING POPULATIONS
IN EXCESS OF SIXTY-FIVE THOUSAND INHABITANTS  UPON  APPLICATION  TO  THE
COMMISSIONER   THEREFORE,  AND  WITHIN  AMOUNTS  APPROPRIATED  FOR  SUCH
PURPOSE, SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR GRANTS TO FUND PROGRAMS CONDUCTED BY SUCH
DISTRICTS WHICH ARE DESIGNED AND INTENDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF AIDING  THE
CULTURAL AND ACADEMIC TRANSITION OF STUDENTS FROM ENGLISH-SPEAKING COUN-
TRIES  OF  THE  CARIBBEAN  INTO SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK STATE. SUCH PROGRAMS
SHALL PROVIDE SUPPORT  AND  ADDITIONAL  INSTRUCTION  TO  FACILITATE  THE
ADJUSTMENT  OF  SUCH  IMMIGRANT STUDENTS WHO DO NOT QUALIFY FOR PROGRAMS
FOR LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY.
  B. SUCH DISTRICTS SHALL FILE A PLAN WITH THE COMMISSIONER WHICH  SHALL
DETAIL  PROCEDURES  FOR  IDENTIFYING PUPILS WHO HAVE RECENTLY IMMIGRATED
FROM ENGLISH-SPEAKING CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES AND DETAILING SERVICES  TO  BE
PROVIDED  FOR  SUCH  STUDENTS.  PREFERENCE  SHALL  BE  GIVEN TO PROGRAMS
PROVIDING INSTRUCTION, SUPPORT AND SERVICES  TO  STUDENTS  WHO  RECEIVED
LIMITED OR INTERRUPTED FORMAL EDUCATION IN THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.
  C.  THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ADOPT REGULATIONS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF
THIS GRANT PROGRAM.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July  next  succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00843-01-3

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