A02896 Summary:

BILL NOA02896
 
SAME ASSAME AS S03126
 
SPONSOREnglebright
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSRCeretto
 
Amd S355, Ed L
 
Creates a service learning program for students serving as active volunteer firefighters or volunteer ambulance workers, and mandates certain features of such program.
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A02896 Actions:

BILL NOA02896
 
01/20/2015referred to education
01/06/2016referred to education
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A02896 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A2896
 
SPONSOR: Englebright (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to certain service learn- ing, internship, or independent study programs   PURPOSE: To allow community colleges and State University of New York (SUNY) schools to implement programs that would provide academic credit for successful completion of a service learning, internship, or independent study program in relation to the volunteer fire service, as prescribed by regulations established by the state university trustees.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends section 355 of the education law to direct the state university trustees to adopt regulations to establish a service learning, internship, or independent study program for students that serve as active volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers. Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Colleges and universities often offer internships and independent study programs so students can earn academic credit while obtaining real-life work experience. Service learning programs are an emerging and growing teaching method on college campuses and these programs are also effec- tive in combining academic learning and real-life experiences. One of the most critical community services provided by New York resi- dents is volunteer fire protection and emergency services. Many younger individuals may be interested in volunteering for their local fire department or ambulance company, but are discouraged from doing so due to the time demands of being a college student. This bill provides a common-sense approach to combining community service and academic learn- ing which will lead to greater volunteerism and more well-rounded and experienced college students. Under this legislation, the state university trustees will establish regulations that create guidelines for a service learning, internship or independent study program for active volunteer firefighters and ambu- lance workers. Such programs must include a service requirement and an academic requirement. Through involvement in the volunteer fire service, a student not only provides vital community services, but can also be exposed to and learn a number of valuable principles in various academic areas. For example, common issues in the volunteer fire service include not-for-profit corporation governance, municipal government, licensing and permitting, charitable giving, record-keeping, compliance with safe- ty and other laws, insurance, taxes, budgeting, and management. This bill provides valuable skills and learning opportunities for students while encouraging more volunteerism to serve our communities. The skills and knowledge gained through the volunteer fire service are significant and valuable, and worthy of academic credit through properly developed and structured service learning, internship and independent study programs. This legislation allows SUNY schools and community colleges to recognize this by offering students the opportunity to participate in such programs, as prescribed by the state university trustees.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013-14 A8989 referred to education   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the 90th day after it shall have become a law.
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A02896 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          2896
 
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 20, 2015
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. ENGLEBRIGHT -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
          CERETTO -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education
 
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to certain service learn-
          ing, internship, or independent study programs
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Section 355 of the education law is amended by adding a new
     2  subdivision 20 to read as follows:
     3    20. The state university trustees shall adopt regulations to establish
     4  a  service  learning,  internship,  or  independent  study  program  for
     5  students that serve  as  active  volunteer  firefighters  and/or  active
     6  volunteer  ambulance workers. Each state-operated institution and commu-
     7  nity college may, as determined by its president, offer such  a  service
     8  learning,  internship, or independent study program to eligible students
     9  in accordance with the regulations prescribed by  the  state  university
    10  trustees.  Such  program shall consist of (a) a community service compo-
    11  nent that may be completed through no less than twenty hours of  verifi-
    12  able volunteer firefighting activities, volunteer ambulance or emergency
    13  response  activities,  or  other activities related to volunteer fire or
    14  ambulance service as determined by the state  university  trustees,  and
    15  (b) an academic component related to such volunteer activity that may be
    16  completed  through a written report or journal, or other written assign-
    17  ment as determined by the state university trustees. Such program  shall
    18  be  open  to  any  student  enrolled  in  an  associate or baccalaureate
    19  degree-producing program on a full-time or part-time basis  that  is  an
    20  active  volunteer  firefighter  as defined in subdivision one of section
    21  two hundred fifteen of the general municipal law or an active  volunteer
    22  ambulance  worker  as  defined  in  subdivision  fourteen of section two
    23  hundred nineteen-k of the general municipal  law.    No  more  than  six
    24  academic credits shall be awarded to a student for successful completion
    25  of  such  service  learning, internship or independent study program. In
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02132-01-5

        A. 2896                             2
 
     1  developing the service learning, internship or independent study program
     2  described in this subdivision, the state university trustees may, in its
     3  discretion, consult with the New York state office  of  fire  prevention
     4  and control and/or any statewide organization that represents the inter-
     5  ests of the volunteer fire service or the volunteer ambulance service.
     6    §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
     7  have become a law; provided however  that,  effective  immediately,  the
     8  state  university  trustees  are  authorized  and directed to add, amend
     9  and/or repeal any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of
    10  this act on its effective date.
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