senate Bill S7738

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to admission to a special high school in the city school district of the city of New York

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S7738 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9979
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง2590-h, Ed L

S7738 - Bill Texts

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Relates to admission to a special high school in the city school district of New York.

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BILL NUMBER:S7738

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
admission to a special high school in the city school district of the
city of New York; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon
expiration thereof

PURPOSE: To establish procedures and standards for admission to the
special high schools of New York City which will consist of multiple
objective measures of student merit including grade point averages,
school attendance records, school admission test scores and state test
scores.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Sections 1 and 2 of the bill requires the New York City Board to
establish procedures and standards for admission to the special high
schools of New York City which shall consist of multiple measures of
student merit including grade point average of applicant, attendance
records, school admission test scores, and state test scores,
provided, however, approved school absences are not to be included as
part of the analysis. This section also requires the City Board or
Chancellor to provide written explanation of the weightings of the
factors selected and make such explanation publicly available. It also
requires the Chancellor conspicuously posts notice of the special high
schools' entrance examination. Finally, this section provides that the
principal of a special high school may admit a student who has
satisfactorily completed a discovery program, subject to regulations.

Section 3 of the bill is the effective date and provides for a five
year sunset.

JUSTIFICATION: Students seeking admission into one of New York City's
specialized high schools must take the Specialized High School
Admission Test (SHSAT). Currently, the results of this exam are the
only factor considered for student admission. This legislation would
create multiple objective measures of student merit weighted by the
City Board or Chancellor including the grade point average of
applicants, school attendance records, school admission test scores,
and state test scores.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of July next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law, and shall
expire and be deemed repealed 5 years after such effective date.

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

                                  7738

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 3, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. FELDER, ESPAILLAT -- 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 admission to a special
  high  school  in the city school district of the city of New York; 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.  Paragraph  (b)  of subdivision 1 of section 2590-h of the
education law, as amended by chapter 345 of the laws of 2009, is amended
to read as follows:
  (b) all specialized [senior] high schools. The  special  high  schools
shall include the present schools known as:
  The  Bronx  High  School  of Science, Stuyvesant High School, Brooklyn
Technical High School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School  of  Music  and
the Arts in the borough of Manhattan, BROOKLYN LATIN SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL
FOR MATH, SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING AT CITY COLLEGE, HIGH SCHOOL OF AMERI-
CAN  STUDIES  AT  LEHMAN COLLEGE, QUEENS HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE SCIENCES AT
YORK  COLLEGE,  AND  STATEN  ISLAND  TECHNICAL  HIGH  SCHOOL,  and  such
[further]  ADDITIONAL  schools  which  the city board may designate from
time to time. THE CITY BOARD SHALL ESTABLISH  PROCEDURES  AND  STANDARDS
FOR  ADMISSION  TO  THE SPECIAL HIGH SCHOOLS OF THE CITY DISTRICT, WHICH
SHALL CONSIST OF MULTIPLE MEASURES OF STUDENT MERIT INCLUDING THE  GRADE
POINT  AVERAGES  OF APPLICANTS, SCHOOL ATTENDANCE RECORDS, SCHOOL ADMIS-
SION TEST  SCORES,  AND  STATE  TEST  SCORES;  PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,  THAT
APPROVED SCHOOL ABSENCES SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED AS A MEASURE OF STUDENT
MERIT  FOR  ATTENDANCE  PURPOSES.  THE  CITY  BOARD  OR CHANCELLOR SHALL
PROVIDE WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF THE WEIGHTINGS SELECTED,  AND  MAKE  SUCH
EXPLANATION  PUBLICLY AVAILABLE, INCLUDING VIA THE CITY BOARD'S OFFICIAL
INTERNET WEBSITE. THE  CHANCELLOR  SHALL  ENSURE  THAT  NOTICE  OF  SUCH
SPECIAL  HIGH  SCHOOLS' ENTRANCE EXAMINATION IS WIDELY AND CONSPICUOUSLY
POSTED IN A MANNER TO MAXIMIZE THE NUMBER OF AFFECTED  INDIVIDUALS  THAT
RECEIVE  NOTICE,  INCLUDING  PROVIDING  NOTICE  TO  AFFECTED PARENTS AND
STUDENTS. The special schools shall be [permitted] REQUIRED to  maintain
a  discovery  program  [in accordance with the law in effect on the date
preceding the effective date of this section; admissions to the  special
schools  shall  be conducted in accordance with the law in effect on the
date preceding the effective date of this section;]. THE PRINCIPAL OF  A

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14478-04-4

S. 7738                             2

SPECIAL HIGH SCHOOL MAY ADMIT A STUDENT WHO HAS SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED
SUCH  A PROGRAM AT HIS OR HER SCHOOL, SUBJECT TO REGULATIONS OF THE CITY
BOARD.
  S 2. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 2590-h of the education
law,  as  amended by chapter 720 of the laws of 1996, is amended to read
as follows:
  (b) all specialized [senior] high schools. The  special  high  schools
shall include the present schools known as:
  The  Bronx  High  School  of Science, Stuyvesant High School, Brooklyn
Technical High School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School  of  Music  and
the Arts in the borough of Manhattan, BROOKLYN LATIN SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL
FOR MATH, SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING AT CITY COLLEGE, HIGH SCHOOL OF AMERI-
CAN  STUDIES  AT  LEHMAN COLLEGE, QUEENS HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE SCIENCES AT
YORK  COLLEGE,  AND  STATEN  ISLAND  TECHNICAL  HIGH  SCHOOL,  and  such
[further]  ADDITIONAL  schools  which  the city board may designate from
time to time. THE CITY BOARD SHALL ESTABLISH  PROCEDURES  AND  STANDARDS
FOR  ADMISSION  TO  THE SPECIAL HIGH SCHOOLS OF THE CITY DISTRICT, WHICH
SHALL CONSIST OF MULTIPLE MEASURES OF STUDENT MERIT INCLUDING THE  GRADE
POINT  AVERAGES  OF APPLICANTS, SCHOOL ATTENDANCE RECORDS, SCHOOL ADMIS-
SION TEST  SCORES,  AND  STATE  TEST  SCORES;  PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,  THAT
APPROVED SCHOOL ABSENCES SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED AS A MEASURE OF STUDENT
MERIT  FOR  ATTENDANCE  PURPOSES.  THE  CITY  BOARD  OR CHANCELLOR SHALL
PROVIDE WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF THE WEIGHTINGS SELECTED,  AND  MAKE  SUCH
EXPLANATION  PUBLICLY AVAILABLE, INCLUDING VIA THE CITY BOARD'S OFFICIAL
INTERNET WEBSITE. THE  CHANCELLOR  SHALL  ENSURE  THAT  NOTICE  OF  SUCH
SPECIAL  HIGH  SCHOOLS' ENTRANCE EXAMINATION IS WIDELY AND CONSPICUOUSLY
POSTED IN A MANNER TO MAXIMIZE THE NUMBER OF AFFECTED  INDIVIDUALS  THAT
RECEIVE  NOTICE,  INCLUDING  PROVIDING  NOTICE  TO  AFFECTED PARENTS AND
STUDENTS. The special schools shall be [permitted] REQUIRED to  maintain
a  discovery  program  [in accordance with the law in effect on the date
preceding the effective date of this section; admissions to the  special
schools  shall  be conducted in accordance with the law in effect on the
date preceding the effective date of this section]. THE PRINCIPAL  OF  A
SPECIAL HIGH SCHOOL MAY ADMIT A STUDENT WHO HAS SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED
SUCH  A PROGRAM AT HIS OR HER SCHOOL, SUBJECT TO REGULATIONS OF THE CITY
BOARD;
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of July  next  succeeding
the  date  on  which it shall have become a law, and shall expire and be
deemed repealed 5 years after such effective  date;  provided  that  the
amendments  to  paragraph  (b) of subdivision 1 of section 2590-h of the
education law, made by sections one and two of this act, shall apply  to
the Stuyvesant high school, the Bronx high school of science, the Brook-
lyn  technical high school, the Staten Island technical high school, the
Queens high school for the sciences at York college, the high school for
mathematics, science and engineering at city college,  the  high  school
for  American  studies at Lehman college, the Brooklyn Latin school, and
all additional schools that the board of education of  the  city  school
district of the city of New York designates as special high schools, not
including  the  Fiorello H. LaGuardia high school of music and the arts;
provided, further, that the amendments to paragraph (b) of subdivision 1
of section 2590-h of the education law made by section one of  this  act
shall  be subject to the expiration and reversion of such section pursu-
ant to subdivision 12 of section 17 of chapter 345 of the laws of  2009,
as  amended,  when  upon such date the provisions of section two of this
act shall take effect.

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