A02185 Summary:

BILL NOA02185
 
SAME ASSAME AS S00441
 
SPONSORCarroll
 
COSPNSRColton, Seawright, Simon, Dinowitz, Rodriguez, De La Rosa, Lupardo, Williams, Dickens, Griffin, Abinanti, Epstein, Sayegh, Jones, Ra, Taylor, Barron, Davila, McMahon, Reyes, Jean-Pierre, Ashby, Fall, Englebright, Anderson, Jackson, McDonald
 
MLTSPNSRCook, Frontus, Hyndman, Sillitti, Thiele
 
Add §§4407-a & 4407-b, Ed L
 
Establishes a dyslexia task force to develop guidelines for the appropriate screening of students for dyslexia and related disorders, provide guidelines regarding the appropriate interventions and classroom support for students deemed at risk, and to develop a program of study for teachers to better help students with dyslexia; requires such task force to issue a report to the governor and the legislature of its findings, conclusions, recommendations and activities.
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A02185 Actions:

BILL NOA02185
 
01/14/2021referred to education
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A02185 Committee Votes:

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A02185 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A02185 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          2185
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 14, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  CARROLL, COLTON, SEAWRIGHT, SIMON, DINOWITZ,
          RODRIGUEZ, DE LA ROSA, LUPARDO, WILLIAMS, DICKENS, GRIFFIN,  ABINANTI,
          EPSTEIN,  SAYEGH,  JONES,  RA, TAYLOR, BARRON, DAVILA, McMAHON, REYES,
          JEAN-PIERRE, ASHBY, FALL -- Multi-Sponsored  by  --  M.  of  A.  COOK,
          ENGLEBRIGHT, FRONTUS, HYNDMAN, THIELE -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Education
 
        AN  ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing a dysle-
          xia task force and implementing the findings of such task force
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  The  education  law is amended by adding two new sections
     2  4407-a and 4407-b to read as follows:
     3    § 4407-a. Dyslexia; task force. 1. The task force on dyslexia is here-
     4  by created within the department to develop guidelines for the appropri-
     5  ate screening of students for dyslexia and  related  disorders,  provide
     6  guidelines regarding the appropriate interventions and classroom support
     7  for  students  deemed  at  risk,  and  to develop a program of study for
     8  teachers to better help students with dyslexia.
     9    2. For the purposes of this section, the following  terms  shall  have
    10  the following meanings:
    11    (a) The term "dyslexia" shall mean an unexpected difficulty in reading
    12  for  an  individual who has the intelligence to be a much better reader,
    13  most commonly caused by a difficulty in the phonological processing, the
    14  appreciation of the individual sounds of spoken language, which  affects
    15  the ability of an individual to speak, read, and spell.
    16    (b)  The  term  "screening  program"  shall  mean a dyslexia screening
    17  program which is: (i)  evidence  based  with  proven  psychometrics  for
    18  validity; (ii) efficient and low cost; and (iii) readily available.
    19    (c)  The  term  "related disorders" shall mean disorders similar to or
    20  related to dyslexia including, but not limited to, developmental audito-
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02478-01-1

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     1  ry imperception, dysphasia, specific  developmental  dyslexia,  develop-
     2  mental dysgraphia, and developmental spelling disability.
     3    (d)  The  term  "support" shall mean low-cost and effective best prac-
     4  tices including, but not limited  to,  oral  examinations  and  extended
     5  test-taking  periods  used  to support students who have dyslexia or any
     6  related disorder.
     7    3. (a) Such task force shall consist of ten members, each to serve for
     8  a term of three calendar years.  Such  members  shall  be  appointed  as
     9  follows:  four  members  shall be appointed by the governor; two members
    10  shall be appointed by the temporary president of the senate; one  member
    11  shall  be  appointed  by  the minority leader of the senate; two members
    12  shall be appointed by the speaker of the assembly; and one member  shall
    13  be appointed by the minority leader of the assembly.  Appointments shall
    14  be  made  on or before July first, two thousand twenty-one. Vacancies in
    15  the task force shall be filled  in  the  manner  provided  for  original
    16  appointments.
    17    (b)  Such  members shall include: two physicians and/or scientists who
    18  work with dyslexic persons; two educators who  specialize  in  educating
    19  dyslexic  persons;  one  parent  advocate;  one dyslexic person; and one
    20  person who works for the state university who is an expert in  dyslexia.
    21  All  appointments  shall  be  coordinated to ensure geographic represen-
    22  tation from the entire state.
    23    (c) The task force shall consist of a chair, vice-chair and any  other
    24  necessary  officers  shall  be  elected  from  among  all  the appointed
    25  members.
    26    (d) A majority of the members of the task force then in  office  shall
    27  constitute  a  quorum for the transaction of business or the exercise of
    28  any power or function of the task force. An act, determination or  deci-
    29  sion  of  the  majority  of the members present during the presence of a
    30  quorum shall be held to be the act, determination, or  decision  of  the
    31  task force.
    32    (e)  The  task  force shall meet at least quarterly at the call of the
    33  chair. Meetings may be held via teleconference. Special meetings may  be
    34  called  by  the chair at the request of a majority of the members of the
    35  task force.
    36    (f) Members of the task force shall receive no compensation for  their
    37  services  but  shall be reimbursed for their actual expenses incurred in
    38  the performance of their duties in the work of the task force.
    39    4. The task force established shall:
    40    (a) Study screening programs for identifying dyslexic persons;
    41    (b) Study intervention and classroom  support  services  for  dyslexic
    42  persons;
    43    (c)  Develop  guidelines  for  appropriate  screening programs, inter-
    44  vention services and classroom support for dyslexic persons; and
    45    (d) Develop a program of study in the  diagnosis  and  remediation  of
    46  reading  and  language arts that includes supervised practicum hours and
    47  instruction in the detection  and  recognition  of,  and  evidence-based
    48  structured  literacy interventions for, students with dyslexia and other
    49  related disorders.
    50    5. The task force may, as it deems appropriate, request that  studies,
    51  surveys,  or  analyses relating to the task force's powers and duties be
    52  performed by any state department, commission, agency or public authori-
    53  ty. All state departments, commissions, agencies or  public  authorities
    54  shall  provide  information  and advice in a timely manner and otherwise
    55  assist the task force with its work.

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     1    6. The department shall provide staff services to the task  force  and
     2  such  other  administrative  assistance as may be necessary for the task
     3  force to carry out its duties, functions and powers.
     4    7.  The  task force shall hold a minimum of three public hearings each
     5  year: one in New York city; one in western New York; and one in  upstate
     6  eastern New York.  The task force may hold additional public hearings in
     7  other locations as it deems appropriate.
     8    8.  The task force shall issue a report to the governor and the legis-
     9  lature of its  findings,  conclusions,  recommendations  and  activities
    10  already  undertaken  by  the task force, not later than September first,
    11  two thousand twenty-two and shall submit with  its  reports  legislative
    12  proposals  as  it  deems necessary to implement its recommendations, the
    13  guidelines developed under paragraph (c) of  subdivision  four  of  this
    14  section,  and  the  program  of  study  developed under paragraph (d) of
    15  subdivision four of this section.
    16    9. On or before December thirty-first, two  thousand  twenty-two,  the
    17  department  shall  promulgate  rules  and  regulations  to implement the
    18  guidelines and program of study developed by the task force  which  were
    19  submitted in the task force's report.
    20    10.  Nothing  in this section shall require a student with dyslexia to
    21  obtain an individualized education program unless the student has other-
    22  wise met the federal conditions necessary.
    23    § 4407-b. Dyslexia; screening and intervention. 1. For the purposes of
    24  this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
    25    (a) The term "dyslexia" shall mean an unexpected difficulty in reading
    26  for an individual who has the intelligence to be a much  better  reader,
    27  most commonly caused by a difficulty in the phonological processing, the
    28  appreciation  of the individual sounds of spoken language, which affects
    29  the ability of an individual to speak, read, and spell.
    30    (b) The term "screening  program"  shall  mean  a  dyslexia  screening
    31  program  which  is:  (i)  evidence  based  with proven psychometrics for
    32  validity; (ii) efficient and low cost; and (iii) readily available.
    33    (c) The term "related disorders" shall mean disorders  similar  to  or
    34  related to dyslexia including, but not limited to, developmental audito-
    35  ry  imperception,  dysphasia,  specific developmental dyslexia, develop-
    36  mental dysgraphia, and developmental spelling disability.
    37    (d) The term "support" shall mean low-cost and  effective  best  prac-
    38  tices  including,  but  not  limited  to, oral examinations and extended
    39  test-taking periods used to support students who have  dyslexia  or  any
    40  related disorder.
    41    2.  On  or  before  July first, two thousand twenty-three, each public
    42  school shall conduct a dyslexia  screening  program  and  shall  provide
    43  interventions  based  on  the  rules  and  regulations promulgated under
    44  subdivision nine of section forty-four hundred seven-a of this article.
    45    3. On or before July first, two thousand twenty-three,  any  certified
    46  educator  applying  for  a comprehensive special education or integrated
    47  early childhood and special education endorsement or  applicant  for  an
    48  initial,  provisional or professional educator certificate and a compre-
    49  hensive special education or  integrated  early  childhood  and  special
    50  education  endorsement  shall  have  completed a program of study in the
    51  diagnosis and remediation of reading and  language  arts  that  includes
    52  supervised practicum hours and instruction in the detection and recogni-
    53  tion  of,  and  evidence-based  structured  literacy  interventions for,
    54  students with dyslexia and other related disorders.

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     1    4. Nothing in this act shall require a student with dyslexia to obtain
     2  an individualized education program unless the student has otherwise met
     3  the federal conditions necessary.
     4    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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