|SAME AS||SAME AS S04161-A|
|COSPNSR||Barron, Brabenec, Butler, Crouch, DiPietro, Duprey, Friend, Goodell, Graf, Hawley, Johns, Katz, Kearns, Lalor, Lopez, Lupinacci, McDonough, McLaughlin, Palmesano, Ra, Walter, Murray, Palumbo, Curran|
|MLTSPNSR||Barclay, Blankenbush, Ceretto, Garbarino, Lawrence, Malliotakis, Saladino, Stec, Tenney, Thiele, Wozniak|
|Amd §305, Ed L|
|Enacts the common core parental refusal act.|
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6025--A 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY March 11, 2015 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. TEDISCO, BARRON, BRABENEC, BUTLER, CROUCH, DiPIE- TRO, DUPREY, FRIEND, GOODELL, GRAF, HAWLEY, JOHNS, KATZ, KEARNS, LALOR, LOPEZ, LUPINACCI, McDONOUGH, McLAUGHLIN, NOJAY, PALMESANO, RA, WALTER, MURRAY, PALUMBO, CURRAN -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. BARCLAY, BLANKENBUSH, CERETTO, GARBARINO, LAWRENCE, MALLIOTAKIS, SALA- DINO, STEC, TENNEY, THIELE, WOZNIAK -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education -- recommitted to the Committee on Education in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit- tee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to enacting the "common core parental refusal act" The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "common 2 core parental refusal act". 3 § 2. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new 4 subdivision 51-b to read as follows: 5 51-b. The commissioner shall ensure that school districts notify 6 parents of students in grades three through eight, either by email 7 and/or a mailed letter, that such students may refuse to participate in 8 all state testing provided by Pearson or any other state testing based 9 on common core standards. Such notification shall be given no sooner 10 than fourteen days and no later than seven days prior to the scheduled 11 administration of such testing. Such notification shall read as 12 follows: 13 "It is the right of every parent to direct the upbringing and educa- 14 tion of their children. Parents may refuse to permit their children to 15 take state testing provided by Pearson or any other state testing based 16 on common core standards. Parents who refuse to permit their children to 17 take such tests may fill out and return the attached form. No punitive EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09318-07-6A. 6025--A 2 1 measures may be taken against students who refuse to participate in such 2 testing, nor shall students who do participate in such testing receive 3 any incentive or reward for doing so." 4 The text of such notification shall be posted on school district 5 websites. 6 The response form, which shall be contained within the notification, 7 shall read as follows: 8 "As the parent or legal guardian of ___________(child's full name), I 9 respectfully and formally state my refusal to permit my child to take 10 part in testing provided by Pearson or any other state testing based on 11 common core standards. My child shall be scored as a 'refusal', rather 12 than as 'absent', in accordance with the student information repository 13 system, and therefore my child will continue to receive a free and 14 appropriate public education in his/her regular classroom environment 15 during the administration of all makeup test periods as this letter 16 provides written verification of a 'refusal' for all tests." 17 Notwithstanding any other law, rule or regulation to the contrary, it 18 shall be unlawful for any school district to require a student to 19 participate in testing provided by Pearson or any other state testing 20 based on common core standards. It shall further be unlawful for any 21 school district to take punitive measures against students who refuse to 22 participate in such testing, or provide any form of incentive or reward 23 for students who do so participate. School districts shall provide 24 students whose parents refuse to permit their testing participation with 25 an alternate educational activity during scheduled state testing times. 26 It shall be unlawful for school districts to require such students to be 27 placed in a testing room or environment during scheduled state testing 28 times or makeup times. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision 29 two of section three hundred six of this article, state aid for schools 30 shall not be contingent on or in any way affected by the student partic- 31 ipation rate for testing provided by Pearson or any other state testing 32 based on common core standards. Notwithstanding any other law, rule or 33 regulation to the contrary, score results on Pearson or any other state 34 testing based on common core standards shall not constitute grounds or 35 be considered as a factor for determining whether a school is a chron- 36 ically underperforming or failing school. Nor shall a school district 37 give any consideration to classroom participation rates in such testing 38 when evaluating teacher performance or making personnel decisions. It 39 shall likewise be unlawful for a school district to re-allocate funding 40 among or between schools within such district based on student partic- 41 ipation rates for such testing. 42 § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.