A05785 Summary:

BILL NO    A05785 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Paulin (MS)

COSPNSR    Jaffee, Pretlow, Zebrowski, Ramos, Steck, Roberts, Clark, Hevesi,
           Rivera, Scarborough, Sepulveda, Cook, Kellner, Mayer, Galef,
           Abinanti, Skoufis

MLTSPNSR   Ceretto, Farrell, Gottfried, Heastie, Millman

Amd SS1712, 2514, 2555, & 3602, Ed L

Requires kindergartens to operate full day programs.
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A05785 Actions:

BILL NO    A05785 

03/06/2013 referred to education
01/08/2014 referred to education
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A05785 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A5785

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the education law, in relation to full
day kindergarten

PURPOSE  OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To require school districts to offer
full-day kindergarten.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC  PROVISIONS:  Sections  one  through  three  amend
sections 1712, 2514 and 2555 of the education law to provide that each
school district shall maintain kindergartens and that beginning in the
201546 school year, all kindergartens shall be operated on a full-time
basis.

Section  four  amends  subdivision  9 of section 3602 of the education
law, pertaining to aid for conversion to  full  day  kindergarten,  to
provide  that  commencing  with  the  2015-16  school year, all school
districts shall make full-day kindergarten programs available  to  all
children.

Section five provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:    New York has long recognized the importance of early
education,  and  the  need  for  all  children  to  have   access   to
kindergarten  instruction.   All of New York State's nearly 700 school
districts offer kindergarten programs, though about  20  are  half-day
only.    Kindergarten is now mandatory in New York City, Rochester and
Syracuse.

Unfortunately, school districts facing budget cuts have threatened  to
eliminate  kindergarten  completely  or reduce instruction to half-day
only.  Amending  the  law  to  require  districts  to  offer  full-day
kindergarten  is  the  only  way  to  guarantee  that  kindergarten is
protected. We must ensure that each and every child in New  York  will
have the important benefits of full-day kindergarten.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE  DATE:   The first of July next succeeding the date on which
the bill shall have become a law.
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