A10292 Summary:

COSPNSRCastro, Maisel, Stevenson, Pretlow, Markey, Espinal, Brook-Krasny, Galef, Clark, Crespo, Jacobs, Gibson, Barron, Camara, Rivera J, Ramos, Simotas, Boyland, Ortiz, Rivera N
MLTSPNSRBarrett, Farrell, Heastie, Latimer, Lentol, Nolan, Rivera P
Add S815, Ed L
Relates to conferring a state seal of biliteracy for students who achieve certain criteria in the language arts.
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A10292 Actions:

05/18/2012referred to education
06/07/2012amend and recommit to education
06/07/2012print number 10292a
06/13/2012reported referred to ways and means
06/14/2012reported referred to rules
06/18/2012rules report cal.329
06/18/2012ordered to third reading rules cal.329
06/18/2012passed assembly
06/18/2012delivered to senate
06/21/2012SUBSTITUTED FOR S7522A
06/21/20123RD READING CAL.1533
07/20/2012delivered to governor
07/31/2012signed chap.271
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A10292 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                      May 18, 2012
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  ARROYO,  CASTRO, MAISEL, STEVENSON, PRETLOW,
          BARRON,  CAMARA, J. RIVERA, RAMOS, SIMOTAS -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M.
          of A. BARRETT, HEASTIE, LATIMER, LENTOL, NOLAN, P. RIVERA -- read once
          and referred to the Committee on Education  --  committee  discharged,

          bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as amended and recommitted to said
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to a state seal of  bili-
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Legislative intent. (a) It is the intent of the legislature
     2  to encourage excellence for all pupils, and the  legislature  wishes  to
     3  publicly   recognize  pupils  for  exemplary  achievements  in  academic
     4  studies.
     5    (b) The study of  languages  other  then  English  in  elementary  and
     6  secondary  schools  should  be  encouraged  because  it contributes to a
     7  pupil's cognitive development and to our national economy and security.
     8    (c) Proficiency in multiple languages is critical in enabling New York

     9  to participate effectively in a global political, social,  and  economic
    10  context, and in expanding trade with other countries.
    11    (d) The demand for employees to be fluent in more than one language is
    12  increasing both in New York and throughout the world.
    13    (e)  The benefits to employers in having staff fluent in more than one
    14  language are clear: access to  an  expanded  market,  allowing  business
    15  owners  to  better serve their customers' needs, and the sparking of new
    16  marketing ideas that better target a  particular  audience  and  open  a
    17  channel of communication with customers.
    18    (f)  It  is the intent of the legislature to promote linguistic profi-
    19  ciency and cultural literacy in one or more  languages  in  addition  to
    20  English and to provide recognition of the attainment of those needed and
    21  important skills through the establishment of the state seal of biliter-

    22  acy.  A  state  seal  of  biliteracy would be affixed on the high school
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  diplomas and transcripts of graduating pupils attaining  proficiency  in
     2  one or more languages in addition to English.
     3    §  2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 815 to read
     4  as follows:
     5    § 815. State seal of biliteracy. 1. (a) The state seal  of  biliteracy
     6  is  established  to  recognize high school graduates who have attained a
     7  high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading,  and  writing

     8  in one or more languages in addition to English. The state seal of bili-
     9  teracy  shall  be  awarded  by the commissioner. School district partic-
    10  ipation in this program is voluntary.
    11    (b) The purposes of the state seal of biliteracy are as follows:
    12    (1) To encourage pupils to study languages.
    13    (2) To certify attainment of biliteracy.
    14    (3) To provide employers with a  method  of  identifying  people  with
    15  language and biliteracy skills.
    16    (4)  To  provide  universities  with an additional method to recognize
    17  applicants seeking admission.
    18    (5) To prepare pupils with twenty-first century skills.
    19    (6) To recognize the value of foreign  language  and  native  language

    20  instruction  in public schools.  For the purpose of this section foreign
    21  language means any language other  than  English  (LOTE)  including  all
    22  modern   languages,  Latin,  American  Sign  Language,  Native  American
    23  languages and native languages.
    24    (7) To strengthen intergroup relationships, affirm the value of diver-
    25  sity, and honor the multiple cultures and languages of a community.
    26    2. (a) The state seal of biliteracy certifies  attainment  of  a  high
    27  level  of  proficiency  by a graduating high school pupil in one or more
    28  languages, in addition to English.
    29    (b) The board of regents shall  promulgate  such  regulations  of  the
    30  commissioner as may be necessary to establish the criteria that students

    31  must  achieve to earn a state seal of biliteracy, which may include, but
    32  is not limited to attainment of units of credit in English language arts
    33  and languages other  than  English,  passage  of  state  assessments  in
    34  English  language  arts  and language other than English, and passage of
    35  such additional assessments of foreign language proficiency  as  may  be
    36  approved by the commissioner for this purpose.
    37    (c)  For purposes of this section, foreign language means any language
    38  other than English (LOTE) including all modern languages, Latin,  Ameri-
    39  can Sign Language, Native American languages and native languages.
    40    3. The commissioner shall do both of the following:
    41    (a) Prepare and deliver to participating school districts an appropri-

    42  ate  insignia  to  be affixed to the diploma and transcript of the pupil
    43  indicating that the pupil has been awarded a state seal of biliteracy by
    44  the commissioner.
    45    (b) Provide other information he or she  deems  necessary  for  school
    46  districts to successfully participate in the program.
    47    4.  A  school  district  that  participates  in the program under this
    48  section shall do both of the following:
    49    (a) Maintain appropriate records in order to identify pupils who  have
    50  earned a state seal of biliteracy.
    51    (b)  Affix  the  appropriate insignia to the diploma and transcript of
    52  each pupil who earns a state seal of biliteracy.
    53    5. No fee shall be charged to a pupil pursuant to this section.

    54    § 3. This act shall  take  effect  on  the  first  of  September  next
    55  succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
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