A07013 Summary:

BILL NOA07013
 
SAME ASSAME AS S04921
 
SPONSORNolan
 
COSPNSRBrindisi, Bronson, Fahy, Mayer, Ryan, Otis
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd S211-f, Ed L
 
Relates to the takeover and restructuring of struggling and persistently struggling schools.
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A07013 Actions:

BILL NOA07013
 
04/17/2015referred to education
04/29/2015reported
04/30/2015advanced to third reading cal.273
05/04/2015passed assembly
05/04/2015delivered to senate
05/04/2015REFERRED TO EDUCATION
06/08/2015SUBSTITUTED FOR S4921
06/08/2015PASSED SENATE
06/08/2015RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
11/30/2015delivered to governor
12/11/2015vetoed memo.283
12/11/2015tabled
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A07013 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A7013
 
SPONSOR: Nolan
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the takeover and restructuring of struggling schools   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill will provide that any schools eligible for an appointment of an external receiver would be designated as "struggling" or "persistently struggling" schools instead of "failing" or "persistently failing" schools.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 would make conforming chang- es to subpart H of part EE of Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2015 to the designation title of schools that would be eligible for appointment of an external receiver to be designated as "struggling" or "persistently struggling" schools from the current designation of "failing" or "persistently failing." Section 2 would provide that the effective date be immediate.   JUSTIFICATION: Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2015 designates schools that are eligible for appointment of an external receiver to be labeled as "failing" or "persistently failing." These schools have suffered from years of chronic underperformance and underfunding, which have resulted in these schools being placed in negative accountability statuses. Chap- ter 56 of the Laws of 2015 provides an opportunity for the current superintendent or Chancellor of these schools to obtain additional powers for a one or two year period to assist in turning these schools around, as well as $75 million in funding for schools that have been on the list of most underperforming schools over the last ten years. These schools are located in our highest needs districts and serve a large number of students with disabilities and English language learners, as well as students living in poverty. The stigma of being labeled as a failing or persistently failing school only further perpetuates the issues and difficulties these schools face. By changing the designation status from failing and persistently failing to struggling and persis- tently struggling, this indicates that this is a temporary situation for these schools and that additional management powers and funding will be associated with such schools in order to improve their overall academic performance in order to be removed from these more negative accountabil- ity statuses.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill; amends Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2015.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.
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