senate Bill S1697

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Requires school districts to establish a language assistance program for limited English proficient parents of students

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee


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Jan 08, 2020 referred to education
Jan 15, 2019 referred to education

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S1697 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §305, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S8634

S1697 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires school districts to establish a language assistance program for limited English proficient parents of students; requires record keeping and annual reporting; permits districts to jointly establish such programs.

S1697 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1697 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  1697

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 15, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. SEPULVEDA -- 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 requiring public
  school districts to provide language  assistance  to  limited  English
  proficient parents of students

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

  Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 57 to read as follows:
  57. A. ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS SHALL ESTABLISH    A  LANGUAGE  ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM  WHERE  LIMITED  ENGLISH PROFICIENT PARENTS WOULD HAVE EFFECTIVE
ACCESS TO COMMUNICATE WITH TEACHERS AND SCHOOL PERSONNEL.  THIS  COMPRE-
HENSIVE PROGRAM SHALL INCLUDE, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO:
  (1) PROVIDING THAT ALL FREQUENTLY USED FORMS AND OTHER WRITTEN MATERI-
ALS  THAT  ARE  SENT  HOME  TO LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT PARENTS ARE IN
THEIR PRIMARY LANGUAGE;
  (2)  PROVIDING  LANGUAGE  ASSISTANCE  TO  LIMITED  ENGLISH  PROFICIENT
PARENTS  IN  THEIR  PRIMARY  LANGUAGE  WHO CALL OR COME INTO SCHOOL WITH
CONCERNS RELATED TO THEIR CHILD'S SCHOOLING;
  (3) PROVIDING LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES TO LIMITED  ENGLISH  PROFI-
CIENT  PARENTS IN THEIR PRIMARY LANGUAGE TO FACILITATE PARENT ATTENDANCE
AT SCHOOL-SPONSORED PROGRAMS DESIGNED  FOR  COMMUNICATION  WITH  PARENTS
INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND
SCHOOL FAIRS.
  B.  A  NOTICE  OF THE AVAILABILITY OF THE LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
FOR LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT PARENTS ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH
A OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE MAILED  TO  THE  HOMES  OF  SUCH  LIMITED
ENGLISH  PROFICIENT  PARENTS  IN  A  NOTICE  WRITTEN  IN  THEIR  PRIMARY
LANGUAGE.
  C. EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL KEEP A RECORD DOCUMENTING  ITS  LANGUAGE
ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  AND  SHALL  SUBMIT A SUMMARY REPORT ANNUALLY TO THE

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

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