|SAME AS||SAME AS S04465-A|
|COSPNSR||Barron, Boyland, Braunstein, Castro, Cook, Crespo, Jacobs, Jaffee, O'Donnell, Robinson, Stevenson, Titone, Weprin, Meng, Millman, Perry, Titus, Espinal, Cusick, Rosenthal, Colton, Moya|
|MLTSPNSR||Abbate, Brennan, DenDekker, Glick, Gottfried, Rivera P|
|Amd SS2590-h, 2590-g & 305, Ed L|
|Imposes a moratorium on the initiation of school closings in cities with a population of one million or more.|
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6158--B 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY March 8, 2011 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. JEFFRIES, BARRON, BOYLAND, BRAUNSTEIN, CASTRO, COOK, CRESPO, JACOBS, JAFFEE, O'DONNELL, ROBINSON, STEVENSON, TITONE, WEPRIN, MENG, MILLMAN, PERRY, TITUS -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ABBATE, BRENNAN, DenDEKKER, GLICK, GOTTFRIED, P. RIVERA -- 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 committee -- again reported from said committee with amendments, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to imposing a moratorium on the initiation of school closings in cities with a population of one million or more The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Paragraphs (a) and (f) of subdivision 2-a of section 2 2590-h of the education law, as amended by chapter 345 of the laws of 3 2009, are amended to read as follows: 4 (a) Notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary, prepare an 5 educational impact statement regarding any proposed school closing or 6 significant change in school utilization, including the phase-out, grade 7 reconfiguration, re-siting, or co-location of schools, for any public 8 school located within the city district; provided however that the chan- 9 cellor shall not be authorized to prepare or file an educational impact 10 statement for any proposed school closing, school phase-out, or grade 11 reconfiguration that would take effect during the two thousand thir- 12 teen--two thousand fourteen school year or the two thousand fourteen-- 13 two thousand fifteen school year. 14 (f) In the event that the chancellor determines that a school closing 15 or significant change in school utilization is immediately necessary for 16 the preservation of student health, safety or general welfare, the chan- EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09095-06-2A. 6158--B 2 1 cellor may temporarily close a public school or adopt a significant 2 change in the school's utilization on an emergency basis. Such emergency 3 school closing or significant change in school utilization shall only 4 remain in effect for six months, during such time the chancellor shall 5 comply with the requirements of this subdivision in order for such 6 school closure or significant change in school utilization to extend 7 beyond the six month period; provided that any emergency school closing 8 occurring during the two thousand thirteen--two thousand fourteen school 9 year or the two thousand fourteen--two thousand fifteen school year 10 shall only remain in effect during such time as absolutely necessary in 11 order to preserve student health, safety or general welfare. 12 § 2. Paragraph (h) of subdivision 1 of section 2590-g of the education 13 law, as amended by chapter 345 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read 14 as follows: 15 (h) approve proposals for all school closures or significant changes 16 in school utilization including the phase-out, grade reconfiguration, 17 re-siting, or co-location of schools, following any hearing pursuant to 18 subdivision two-a of section twenty-five hundred ninety-h of this arti- 19 cle; provided that the city board shall not approve any proposal for a 20 school closing, school phase-out, or grade reconfiguration that would 21 take effect during the two thousand thirteen--two thousand fourteen 22 school year or the two thousand fourteen--two thousand fifteen school 23 year. 24 § 3. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new 25 subdivision 43 to read as follows: 26 43. The commissioner shall establish a school closure evaluation and 27 review committee, which shall review the impacts relating to the number 28 of low-performing schools that have been closed in the city school 29 district located in a city of one million or more inhabitants including, 30 but not limited to, the impact to student educational experience and 31 achievement, and shall also consider whether alternative policies would 32 have a more positive impact on student achievement. The committee shall 33 include, but not be limited to, academicians who study educational 34 outcomes, psychometricians and education policy experts. The commission- 35 er shall report the committee's findings to the chairs of the senate and 36 assembly education committee and the chair of the senate finance commit- 37 tee and the chair of the assembly ways and means committee no later than 38 September thirtieth, two thousand fourteen. 39 § 4. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the amend- 40 ments made to sections 2590-h and 2590-g of the education law by 41 sections one and two of this act shall not affect the expiration of such 42 sections pursuant to chapter 345 of the laws of 2009 and shall expire 43 and be deemed repealed therewith.