senate Bill S6733

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the funding of supplementary aides attending certain schools for severely disabled and medically at risk students

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 12, 2014 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 11, 2014 ordered to third reading cal.1344
committee discharged and committed to rules
Apr 29, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Mar 04, 2014 referred to education

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Jun 11, 2014 - Rules committee Vote

S6733
21
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committee
21
Aye
0
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
2
Excused
0
Abstained
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Apr 29, 2014 - Education committee Vote

S6733
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committee
17
Aye
0
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S6733 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9041
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Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
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S6733 - Bill Texts

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Relates to the funding of supplementary aides attending certain schools for severely disabled and medically at risk students.

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BILL NUMBER:S6733

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the
funding of supplementary aids for students attending certain schools
for severely disabled and medically at risk students

PURPOSE:

This bill would clarify that the funding spent for supplementary aides
to accompany the severely disabled students is eligible for state aid.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill creates a new § 4313-a of the Education Law,
requiring that where certain school districts have students residing
in such districts, including students residing in a city with a
population of one million or more, who attend a school whose student
body is comprised of students with severe physical disabilities and
severe medical conditions and receive state operating aid, such
district shall, where it is deemed medically necessary by such school,
provide for supplementary school personnel as a supplementary aide to
accompany certain students to such school, and be present and
assistive during the course of the school day as the medical condition
of such students requires. In addition, section 1 sets forth that such
districts will be eligible for reimbursement by the department for the
costs of such supplementary aides at the rate of ninety percent. The
commissioner is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations to
implement the supplementary aide reimbursement provisions of this
section.

Section 2 sets the effective date

JUSTIFICATION:

The Henry Viscardi School was established (then Human Resources
School) in March of 1963 and became eligible for state aid under the
provisions of Chapter 1060 of the laws of 1974. It is funded as if it
were a school for the blind and deaf. The school serves students from
Long Island, throughout New York City, and its northern suburbs, who
have severe physical disabilities and/or chronic medical conditions.

Some of the students' medical conditions require that an aide
accompany him or her to school each day. Some of these aides are even
nurses because that is the level of care that is needed. Without these
aides, these students could not continue to attend school, and likely
would be home bound. They would be denied a regular school experience,
and receive limited instruction at home. Some also may be
institutionalized. These aides have been provided for many years and
have been paid for by the student's home school district. In the Fall
of 2013, the City of New York informed the Viscardi School that it
must discontinue the provision of the aides for the approximately 30
students from the City that require these aides. The City of New York
stated that it had been informed by the State Education department
that the City was being improperly reimbursed for the cost of the
aides.


After several meetings last year involving the City and State, it was
agreed that the aides and the reimbursement would continue until the
end of the 2013-2014 school year. This bill does not increase funding
because the money for the aides (approx. $1.7M) has been spent for
many years and is being spent this year. The legislation, however,
clarifies that this expense is an aidable expense and that it is
clearly authorized under the education law.

FISCAL IMPACT:

To be determined.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to school years
beginning on or after July 1, 2014.

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

                                  6733

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 4, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MARTINS -- 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 the funding of supple-
  mentary aids for students attending certain schools for severely disa-
  bled and medically at risk students

  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 4313-a
to read as follows:
  S 4313-A. SUPPLEMENTARY AIDES.  SCHOOL DISTRICT FINANCIAL RESPONSIBIL-
ITY FOR SUPPLEMENTARY SCHOOL PERSONNEL AS AIDES FOR STUDENTS WITH SEVERE
DISABILITIES   AND   MEDICAL  CONDITIONS.    NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  OTHER
PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, WHERE CERTAIN  SCHOOL  DISTRICTS  HAVE
STUDENTS  RESIDING  IN  SUCH DISTRICTS, INCLUDING STUDENTS RESIDING IN A
CITY WITH A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE, WHO ATTEND A SCHOOL WHOSE
STUDENT BODY IS COMPRISED OF STUDENTS WITH SEVERE PHYSICAL  DISABILITIES
AND SEVERE MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND RECEIVE STATE OPERATING AID IN ACCORD-
ANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION FORTY-TWO HUNDRED ONE OF THIS TITLE,
AS  ORIGINALLY  AUTHORIZED  BY CHAPTER ONE THOUSAND SIXTY OF THE LAWS OF
NINETEEN HUNDRED SEVENTY-FOUR, SUCH DISTRICT SHALL, WHERE IT  IS  DEEMED
MEDICALLY  NECESSARY  BY  SUCH  SCHOOL, PROVIDE FOR SUPPLEMENTARY SCHOOL
PERSONNEL AS A SUPPLEMENTARY AIDE TO ACCOMPANY CERTAIN STUDENTS TO  SUCH
SCHOOL, AND BE PRESENT AND ASSISTIVE DURING THE COURSE OF THE SCHOOL DAY
AS THE MEDICAL CONDITION OF SUCH STUDENTS REQUIRES. SUCH DISTRICTS SHALL
BE  ELIGIBLE  FOR  REIMBURSEMENT BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR THE COSTS OF SUCH
SUPPLEMENTARY AIDES AT THE RATE OF NINETY PER CENTUM.  THE  COMMISSIONER
IS  AUTHORIZED  TO  PROMULGATE  RULES  AND  REGULATIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE
SUPPLEMENTARY AIDE REIMBURSEMENT PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to  school
years beginning on or after July 1, 2014.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14240-01-4

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