BILL NO A07013
SAME AS SAME AS S04921
COSPNSR Brindisi, Bronson, Fahy, Mayer, Ryan
Amd S211-f, Ed L
Relates to the takeover and restructuring of struggling and persistently
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
changes 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. Chapter 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 persistently 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 accountability statuses.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill; amends Chapter 56 of the Laws of
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.