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S00441 Summary:

BILL NOS00441
 
SAME ASSAME AS A02185
 
SPONSORHOYLMAN
 
COSPNSRHINCHEY, JACKSON, MYRIE, SKOUFIS
 
MLTSPNSR
 
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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S00441 Actions:

BILL NOS00441
 
01/06/2021REFERRED TO EDUCATION
06/04/2021AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
06/04/2021PRINT NUMBER 441A
11/16/2021AMEND BY RESTORING TO ORIGINAL PRINT 441
01/05/2022REFERRED TO EDUCATION
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S00441 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           441
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                    IN SENATE
 
                                       (Prefiled)
 
                                     January 6, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by Sens. HOYLMAN, JACKSON, SKOUFIS -- read twice and ordered
          printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Educa-
          tion
 
        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-
    21  ry imperception, dysphasia, specific  developmental  dyslexia,  develop-
    22  mental dysgraphia, and developmental spelling disability.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02478-01-1

        S. 441                              2
 
     1    (d)  The  term  "support" shall mean low-cost and effective best prac-
     2  tices including, but not limited  to,  oral  examinations  and  extended
     3  test-taking  periods  used  to support students who have dyslexia or any
     4  related disorder.
     5    3. (a) Such task force shall consist of ten members, each to serve for
     6  a  term  of  three  calendar  years.  Such members shall be appointed as
     7  follows: four members shall be appointed by the  governor;  two  members
     8  shall  be appointed by the temporary president of the senate; one member
     9  shall be appointed by the minority leader of  the  senate;  two  members
    10  shall  be appointed by the speaker of the assembly; and one member shall
    11  be appointed by the minority leader of the assembly.  Appointments shall
    12  be made on or before July first, two thousand twenty-one.  Vacancies  in
    13  the  task  force  shall  be  filled  in the manner provided for original
    14  appointments.
    15    (b) Such members shall include: two physicians and/or  scientists  who
    16  work  with  dyslexic  persons; two educators who specialize in educating
    17  dyslexic persons; one parent advocate;  one  dyslexic  person;  and  one
    18  person  who works for the state university who is an expert in dyslexia.
    19  All appointments shall be coordinated  to  ensure  geographic  represen-
    20  tation from the entire state.
    21    (c)  The task force shall consist of a chair, vice-chair and any other
    22  necessary officers  shall  be  elected  from  among  all  the  appointed
    23  members.
    24    (d)  A  majority of the members of the task force then in office shall
    25  constitute a quorum for the transaction of business or the  exercise  of
    26  any  power or function of the task force. An act, determination or deci-
    27  sion of the majority of the members present during  the  presence  of  a
    28  quorum  shall  be  held to be the act, determination, or decision of the
    29  task force.
    30    (e) The task force shall meet at least quarterly at the  call  of  the
    31  chair.  Meetings may be held via teleconference. Special meetings may be
    32  called by the chair at the request of a majority of the members  of  the
    33  task force.
    34    (f)  Members of the task force shall receive no compensation for their
    35  services but shall be reimbursed for their actual expenses  incurred  in
    36  the performance of their duties in the work of the task force.
    37    4. The task force established shall:
    38    (a) Study screening programs for identifying dyslexic persons;
    39    (b)  Study  intervention  and  classroom support services for dyslexic
    40  persons;
    41    (c) Develop guidelines  for  appropriate  screening  programs,  inter-
    42  vention services and classroom support for dyslexic persons; and
    43    (d)  Develop  a  program  of study in the diagnosis and remediation of
    44  reading and language arts that includes supervised practicum  hours  and
    45  instruction  in  the  detection  and  recognition of, and evidence-based
    46  structured literacy interventions for, students with dyslexia and  other
    47  related disorders.
    48    5.  The task force may, as it deems appropriate, request that studies,
    49  surveys, or analyses relating to the task force's powers and  duties  be
    50  performed by any state department, commission, agency or public authori-
    51  ty.  All  state departments, commissions, agencies or public authorities
    52  shall provide information and advice in a timely  manner  and  otherwise
    53  assist the task force with its work.
    54    6.  The  department shall provide staff services to the task force and
    55  such other administrative assistance as may be necessary  for  the  task
    56  force to carry out its duties, functions and powers.

        S. 441                              3
 
     1    7.  The  task force shall hold a minimum of three public hearings each
     2  year: one in New York city; one in western New York; and one in  upstate
     3  eastern New York.  The task force may hold additional public hearings in
     4  other locations as it deems appropriate.
     5    8.  The task force shall issue a report to the governor and the legis-
     6  lature of its  findings,  conclusions,  recommendations  and  activities
     7  already  undertaken  by  the task force, not later than September first,
     8  two thousand twenty-two and shall submit with  its  reports  legislative
     9  proposals  as  it  deems necessary to implement its recommendations, the
    10  guidelines developed under paragraph (c) of  subdivision  four  of  this
    11  section,  and  the  program  of  study  developed under paragraph (d) of
    12  subdivision four of this section.
    13    9. On or before December thirty-first, two  thousand  twenty-two,  the
    14  department  shall  promulgate  rules  and  regulations  to implement the
    15  guidelines and program of study developed by the task force  which  were
    16  submitted in the task force's report.
    17    10.  Nothing  in this section shall require a student with dyslexia to
    18  obtain an individualized education program unless the student has other-
    19  wise met the federal conditions necessary.
    20    § 4407-b. Dyslexia; screening and intervention. 1. For the purposes of
    21  this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
    22    (a) The term "dyslexia" shall mean an unexpected difficulty in reading
    23  for an individual who has the intelligence to be a much  better  reader,
    24  most commonly caused by a difficulty in the phonological processing, the
    25  appreciation  of the individual sounds of spoken language, which affects
    26  the ability of an individual to speak, read, and spell.
    27    (b) The term "screening  program"  shall  mean  a  dyslexia  screening
    28  program  which  is:  (i)  evidence  based  with proven psychometrics for
    29  validity; (ii) efficient and low cost; and (iii) readily available.
    30    (c) The term "related disorders" shall mean disorders  similar  to  or
    31  related to dyslexia including, but not limited to, developmental audito-
    32  ry  imperception,  dysphasia,  specific developmental dyslexia, develop-
    33  mental dysgraphia, and developmental spelling disability.
    34    (d) The term "support" shall mean low-cost and  effective  best  prac-
    35  tices  including,  but  not  limited  to, oral examinations and extended
    36  test-taking periods used to support students who have  dyslexia  or  any
    37  related disorder.
    38    2.  On  or  before  July first, two thousand twenty-three, each public
    39  school shall conduct a dyslexia  screening  program  and  shall  provide
    40  interventions  based  on  the  rules  and  regulations promulgated under
    41  subdivision nine of section forty-four hundred seven-a of this article.
    42    3. On or before July first, two thousand twenty-three,  any  certified
    43  educator  applying  for  a comprehensive special education or integrated
    44  early childhood and special education endorsement or  applicant  for  an
    45  initial,  provisional or professional educator certificate and a compre-
    46  hensive special education or  integrated  early  childhood  and  special
    47  education  endorsement  shall  have  completed a program of study in the
    48  diagnosis and remediation of reading and  language  arts  that  includes
    49  supervised practicum hours and instruction in the detection and recogni-
    50  tion  of,  and  evidence-based  structured  literacy  interventions for,
    51  students with dyslexia and other related disorders.
    52    4. Nothing in this act shall require a student with dyslexia to obtain
    53  an individualized education program unless the student has otherwise met
    54  the federal conditions necessary.
    55    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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