senate Bill S7347

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes the Buffalo school district to require minors five years of age to attend kindergarten

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jul 23, 2014 signed chap.189
Jul 11, 2014 delivered to governor
Jun 18, 2014 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.423
substituted for a10002
Jun 11, 2014 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 03, 2014 advanced to third reading
Jun 02, 2014 2nd report cal.
May 29, 2014 1st report cal.1036
May 13, 2014 referred to education

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S7347 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10002
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3205, Ed L

S7347 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes the Buffalo school district to require minors five years of age to attend kindergarten.

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BILL NUMBER:S7347

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
authorizing the Buffalo school district to require minors five years
of age to attend kindergarten

PURPOSE:

To permit the Buffalo School District to require kindergarten
attendance.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

This bill amends Education Law to allow the Buffalo School District to
require attendance in kindergarten.

JUSTIFICATION:

The Buffalo Public Schools currently provide children a full day
kindergarten program in keeping with the numerous studies documenting
the educational benefit and related long-term success of early quality
education. Unfortunately, too many kindergarten children are absent
from school during the year, leaving them without the benefit of this
educational experience.

The Buffalo Board of Education recently approved a motion to support
State Legislative action to allow the District to make Kindergarten
mandatory.

This measure is designed to address the kindergarten attendance issue
in the Buffalo School District requiring five-year-old children to
benefit from the District's kindergarten initiative for long-term
academic success.

A similar provision in Education Law was adopted for the Syracuse City
School District over 25 years ago and recently for the Rochester and
New York City School Districts.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7347

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 13, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GRISANTI -- 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  authorizing  the
  Buffalo  school district to require minors five years of age to attend
  kindergarten

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

  Section  1. Paragraph c of subdivision 2 of section 3205 of the educa-
tion law, as separately amended by chapters 157 and 167 of the  laws  of
2012, is amended to read as follows:
  c. The board of education of the Syracuse city school district and the
board  of  education of the city school district of the city of New York
and the board of education of the city school district of  the  city  of
Rochester  AND THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE
CITY OF BUFFALO are hereby authorized to require  minors  who  are  five
years of age on or before December first to attend kindergarten instruc-
tion.  However, the provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to:
  (i)  Minors whose parents elect not to enroll their children in school
until the following September.
  (ii) Students enrolled in non-public schools or in home instruction.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15160-01-4

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