|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 06, 2016||referred to education|
senate Bill S6291
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee
- In Committee
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S6291 (ACTIVE) - Details
S6291 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S6291 TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the education law, in relation to required instruction in non-public schools PURPOSE : OF THE BILL: This bill creates an enforcement mechanism for education standards in non-public schools. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section one of the bill amends section 3204 of the education law as it relates to clarifying that a student's education in a non-public school must be substantially equivalent to the public school district where the school is located rather than where the minor resides. Section two of the bill amends the education law by adding a new section 3204-a as it relates to required instruction in non-public schools. All non public students shall receive an education that is substantially equivalent to that in the public schools with respect to rigor, allotted time and subject. It provides parents, students, teachers and residents a method to file a complaint if they feel a non-public school is failing to provide a substantially equivalent education. The commissioner of education must investigate a substantiated complaint to determine if the non-public school is providing an appropriate education. The section provides the commissioner with several remedies to ensure that the school complies with the required educational standards already set by law.
S6291 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 6291 I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 6, 2016 ___________ Introduced by Sen. CARLUCCI -- 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 required instruction in non-public schools THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 3204 of the education law, as amended by chapter 827 of the laws of 1982, is amended to read as follows: 2. Quality and language of instruction; text-books. Instruction may be given only by a competent teacher. In the teaching of the subjects of instruction prescribed by this section, English shall be the language of instruction, and text-books used shall be written in English, except that for a period of three years, which period may be extended by the commissioner with respect to individual pupils, upon application there- for by the appropriate school authorities, to a period not in excess of six years, from the date of enrollment in school, pupils who, by reason of foreign birth or ancestry have limited English proficiency, shall be provided with instructional programs as specified in subdivision two-a of this section and the regulations of the commissioner. The purpose of providing such pupils with instruction shall be to enable them to devel- op academically while achieving competence in the English language. Instruction given to a minor elsewhere than at a public school shall be at least substantially equivalent to the instruction given to minors of like age and attainments at the public schools of the city or district where the SCHOOL IS LOCATED OR IF HOME SCHOOLED, WHERE THE minor resides. S 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 3204-a to read as follows: S 3204-A. INSTRUCTION REQUIRED IN NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS. 1. ALL STUDENTS ATTENDING A NON-PUBLIC SCHOOL SHALL BE GIVEN INSTRUCTION THAT IS SUBSTANTIALLY EQUIVALENT TO THE INSTRUCTION THAT IS GIVEN TO STUDENTS OF SIMILAR AGE AND ATTAINMENT IN THE DISTRICT IN WHICH THE SCHOOL IS EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
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