Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 05, 2022||
referred to libraries
|Jan 25, 2021||
committee discharged and committed to libraries
|Jan 06, 2021||
referred to education
Senate Bill S53
2021-2022 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Libraries Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2021-S53 (ACTIVE) - Details
2021-S53 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S53 SPONSOR: KAPLAN TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to librarians of school libraries; and to repeal certain provisions of such law relating thereto PURPOSE: To ensure that each elementary and secondary school in New York State maintains a school library and employs a certified school librarian. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill repeals Section 275 and adds a new section 275 of the Educa- tion Law to require all school districts to maintain a school library in each elementary and secondary school and to employ a certified school library media specialist for each such school library. The bill also provides a waiver process that can be used by districts that fall within a designated shortage area for library media specialists.
2021-S53 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 53 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 6, 2021 ___________ Introduced by Sens. KAPLAN, BROOKS, GOUNARDES, HARCKHAM, SERRANO, SKOUF- IS -- 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 librarians of school libraries; and to repeal certain provisions of such law relating ther- eto THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 275 of the education law is REPEALED and a new section 275 is added to read as follows: § 275. LIBRARIANS OF SCHOOL LIBRARIES. 1. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISIONS OF LAW, AND SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY-FOUR OF THIS PART, AND SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION, EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE STATE SHALL HAVE AND MAINTAIN A SCHOOL LIBRARY IN EACH ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL IN THE DISTRICT, AND SHALL EMPLOY A CERTIFIED SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST FOR EACH SUCH SCHOOL LIBRARY WITHIN THREE YEARS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION. 2. EMPLOYMENT OF CERTIFIED SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALISTS SHALL BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FOLLOWING STANDARDS: A. IN EACH ELEMENTARY OR SECONDARY SCHOOL WITH AN ENROLLMENT OF NOT MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED PUPILS, A CERTIFIED SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIAL- IST SHALL BE EMPLOYED AS FIFTEEN HUNDREDTHS OF A FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT STAFF MEMBER; B. IN EACH ELEMENTARY OR SECONDARY SCHOOL WITH AN ENROLLMENT OF MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED BUT NOT MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED PUPILS, A CERTIFIED SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST SHALL BE EMPLOYED AS A THREE-TENTHS OF A FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT STAFF MEMBER; C. IN EACH ELEMENTARY OR SECONDARY SCHOOL WITH AN ENROLLMENT OF MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED BUT NO MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED PUPILS, A CERTIFIED EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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