senate Bill S4729A

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Relates to policies that allow students with disabilities to participate in a high school graduation ceremony

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Current Bill Status Via A1595 - Passed Senate & Assembly


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 21, 2017 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.2160
substituted for s4729a
Jun 21, 2017 substituted by a1595a
ordered to third reading cal.2160
committee discharged and committed to rules
Apr 27, 2017 print number 4729a
amend and recommit to education
Feb 24, 2017 referred to education

S4729 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1595A
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §4402, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2015-2016 Legislative Session:
S7982, A10484A

S4729 - Summary

Directs the board of education or the board of trustees to establish policies and procedures to allow any student with a disability to participate in the graduation ceremony and all related activities.

S4729 - Sponsor Memo

S4729 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  4729

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 24, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LARKIN -- 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  policies  that  allow
  students  with disabilities to participate in a high school graduation
  ceremony

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

  Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
"Zachary's law".
  S 2. Section 4402 of the education law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
subdivision 9 to read as follows:
  9.  THE  BOARD  OF  EDUCATION  OR THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF EACH SCHOOL
DISTRICT THAT OPERATES A HIGH SCHOOL SHALL ESTABLISH A POLICY AND  ADOPT
PROCEDURES  TO  ALLOW  ANY STUDENT WITH A DISABILITY IN SUCH DISTRICT TO
PARTICIPATE IN THE GRADUATION CEREMONY  OF  THE  STUDENT'S  HIGH  SCHOOL
GRADUATING  CLASS  AND  ALL  RELATED ACTIVITIES IF SUCH STUDENT HAS BEEN
ISSUED A SKILLS AND ACHIEVEMENT  COMMENCEMENT  CREDENTIAL  BUT  HAS  NOT
OTHERWISE  QUALIFIED  FOR  A REGENTS OR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA.  SUCH
STUDENT SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IF THE STUDENT'S INDIVIDUALIZED
EDUCATION PROGRAM PRESCRIBES  SPECIAL  EDUCATION,  TRANSITION  PLANNING,
TRANSITION  SERVICES,  OR  RELATED  SERVICES  BEYOND  THE STUDENT'S FOUR
ACADEMIC YEARS AFTER THE STUDENT'S ENTRY INTO HIGH SCHOOL.   THE  POLICY
AND  PROCEDURES SHALL PROVIDE ANNUAL WRITTEN NOTICE TO ALL STUDENTS WITH
DISABILITIES AND THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS ABOUT THE SCHOOL  DISTRICT'S
POLICY AND PROCEDURES ADOPTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS SUBDIVISION. NOTH-
ING  IN  THIS  SUBDIVISION  SHALL  COMPEL A STUDENT WITH DISABILITIES TO
PARTICIPATE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONY AND  ACTIVITIES.  THE
SUPERINTENDENT  SHALL  CONSIDER  THE  RECOMMENDATION,  IF  ANY,  OF  THE
STUDENT'S COMMITTEE ON SPECIAL EDUCATION AS WELL AS  THE  STUDENT'S  OWN
EXPRESSED PREFERENCE. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, A STUDENT'S HIGH

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04000-01-7

Co-Sponsors

S4729A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1595A
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §4402, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2015-2016 Legislative Session:
S7982, A10484A

S4729A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the board of education or the board of trustees to establish policies and procedures to allow any student with a disability to participate in the graduation ceremony and all related activities.

S4729A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4729A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 4729--A

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 24, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LARKIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Education  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend the education law, in relation to policies that allow
  students with disabilities to participate in a high school  graduation
  ceremony

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

  Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
"Zachary's law".
  S  2.  Section  4402  of  the education law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 9 to read as follows:
  9. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OR THE BOARD  OF  TRUSTEES  OF  EACH  SCHOOL
DISTRICT  SHALL  ESTABLISH  A  POLICY  AND ADOPT PROCEDURES TO ALLOW ANY
STUDENT WITH A DISABILITY IN SUCH DISTRICT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE  GRADU-
ATION  CEREMONY  OF  THE  STUDENT'S HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING CLASS AND ALL
RELATED ACTIVITIES IF SUCH STUDENT HAS BEEN ISSUED A SKILLS AND ACHIEVE-
MENT COMMENCEMENT CREDENTIAL  OR  CAREER  DEVELOPMENT  AND  OCCUPATIONAL
STUDIES  COMMENCEMENT  CREDENTIAL  BUT HAS NOT OTHERWISE QUALIFIED FOR A
REGENTS OR LOCAL DIPLOMA. SUCH STUDENT SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO  PARTICIPATE
IF  THE  STUDENT'S  INDIVIDUALIZED  EDUCATION PROGRAM PRESCRIBES SPECIAL
EDUCATION, TRANSITION PLANNING, TRANSITION SERVICES, OR RELATED SERVICES
BEYOND THE STUDENT'S FOUR ACADEMIC YEARS AFTER THE STUDENT'S ENTRY  INTO
HIGH  SCHOOL.    THE  POLICY AND PROCEDURES SHALL PROVIDE ANNUAL WRITTEN
NOTICE TO ALL STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR PARENTS OR  GUARDIANS
ABOUT  THE SCHOOL DISTRICT'S POLICY AND PROCEDURES ADOPTED IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THIS SUBDIVISION.  NOTHING  IN  THIS  SUBDIVISION  SHALL  COMPEL  A
STUDENT  WITH  DISABILITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION
CEREMONY AND ACTIVITIES. THE SUPERINTENDENT SHALL CONSIDER THE RECOMMEN-
DATION, IF ANY, OF THE STUDENT'S COMMITTEE ON SPECIAL EDUCATION AS  WELL

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04000-05-7

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