assembly Bill A791

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Establishes family literacy programs for economically disadvantaged families living in poverty areas or areas with low-performing public schools

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Jan 03, 2018 referred to education
Jan 09, 2017 referred to education

A791 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3641, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A2635
2011-2012: A2555
2013-2014: A4243, S5515
2015-2016: A1638, S1494
2019-2020: A3669, S4787
2021-2022: A1426, S5048

A791 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes family literacy programs for economically disadvantaged families living in poverty areas or areas with low-performing public schools; provides for competitive matching grants to establish a comprehensive program; requires commissioner of education to submit an annual report to the governor and legislature.

A791 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             January 9, 2017

Introduced  by M. of A. PRETLOW -- read once and referred to the Commit-
  tee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation  to  establishing  family
  literacy  programs  for  economically disadvantaged families living in
  poverty areas or in areas served by low-performing public schools


  Section  1. Legislative findings and declaration. It is the purpose of
this act to help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by  improving
the  educational  opportunities  for  New  York's low-income families by
funding family literacy programs that integrate early childhood develop-
ment, adult literacy or adult basic education, inter-generational learn-
ing and parenting education. The legislature finds and declares that the
provision of comprehensive  family  literacy  programs  will  help  many
parents  and  children  living  in  poverty  to improve their lives. The
legislature finds that, based on national  and  state  surveys,  persons
with  low  literacy  levels  are  most  likely to live in poverty and be
dependent on public assistance. The legislature  finds  that  a  compar-
atively  high  percentage  of  students  attending low-performing public
schools live in poverty or have parents with  limited  English  language
proficiency or poor literacy skills. The legislature finds that there is
inadequate  funding  to address the illiteracy problem in these communi-
ties.  Therefore, the legislature finds that it  is  necessary  to  fund
family literacy programs targeted to economically disadvantaged families
residing  in poverty areas or in attendance zones served by low-perform-
ing public schools to assist adults and children living in these  commu-
nities  to obtain the skills they need to lead successful and productive
  § 2. Section 3641 of the education law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
subdivision 17 to read as follows:

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