senate Bill S8701

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Establishes a task force to study school start times

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May 10, 2018 referred to education

S8701 (ACTIVE) - Details

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S8701 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes a task force to study the feasibility of all middle schools and high schools in New York state beginning their school day at 8:30 a.m. or later.

S8701 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8701 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 10, 2018

Introduced by Sen. SEPULVEDA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to establish a task force to study school start times


  Section 1. a. A task force is hereby established to study  the  feasi-
bility of all middle schools and high schools beginning their school day
at 8:30 a.m. or later.
  b. The task force shall:
  (i)  study  the  feasibility  of all New York state middle schools and
high schools beginning their school day at 8:30 a.m. or later;
  (ii) determine the amount of New York state middle  schools  and  high
schools that currently begin their school day before 8:30 a.m. and those
that begin after, in addition to:
  (1) the socio-economic environment of such schools; and
  (2)  the  logistical  justifications  such  schools may have for their
start time;
  (iii) study data on sleep deprivation of middle school and high school
students, and the effect of school start  times  on  such  sleep  depri-
vation; and
  (iv)  determine  if  any  encumbrances  exist  that  would inhibit the
department of education from implementing such a measure, such as:
  (1) union-related contracts or local regulations;
  (2) school bus and logistical issues; and
  (3) after-school sports and activities.
  c. No later than one year after the effective date of  this  act,  the
task  force  shall  report its findings to the governor and the legisla-
ture, as described under subdivision b this section.
  § 2. a. The task force shall be comprised of:
  (i) two members appointed by the governor;
  (ii) two members appointed by the temporary president of the senate;
  (iii) two members appointed by the speaker of the assembly; and
  (iv) one member appointed by the commissioner  of  the  department  of

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets


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