Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Dec 04, 2020||
referred to education
Assembly Bill A11180
2019-2020 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Assembly Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2019-A11180 (ACTIVE) - Details
2019-A11180 (ACTIVE) - Summary
Enacts the "E-Let's Expand Access to Remote Now (E-LEARN) Act" to ensure all children have access to the delivery of technology through high-quality broadband internet connectivity in support of the constitutional education obligations of the state; imposes assessments on telecommunications providers; creates a state fund to accomplish objectives.
2019-A11180 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 11180 I N A S S E M B L Y December 4, 2020 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. BENEDETTO -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, the tax law, the state finance law and the public service law, in relation to ensuring all children have access to the delivery of technology through high-quality broadband internet connectivity in support of the constitutional education obli- gations of the state; 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. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "E-Let's Expand Access to Remote Now (E-LEARN) Act". § 2. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds and declares that the COVID-19 pandemic has plagued the health, economy and education systems throughout New York and impacted the livelihood of every resi- dent of the state with an extensive, protracted and disproportionate impact on students in every region. The legislature further finds the unprecedented closure of school buildings for the last quarter of the 2019-20 school year coupled with increasing COVID-19 public health and safety concerns throughout the summer and into the beginning of the 2020-21 school year have continued to present logistical challenges for the delivery of education and support services especially for students who are living in poverty. The legislature further finds Article XI of the New York state Consti- tution which stipulates 'The Legislature shall provide for the mainte- nance and support of a system of free common schools, wherein all the children of the state may be educated' must be continuously upheld even throughout the ensuing pandemic period. The legislature further finds schools across the state had to quickly implement technological programs and devices to deliver remote learning options to students during the closed down period and many schools are required to, or are requested to, continue distance learning modality as an instructional delivery model. The legislature further finds lack of high-quality internet access has had and continues to have a disequalizing impact on children who are poor, homeless and without the resources to support their educational
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