A03229 Summary:  Provides for the temporary emergency educational assistance to school districts which lack the fiscal resources necessary to provide a sound basic education

SAME AS    Same as Uni. S 1702                                                 

                                                                               

SPONSOR    Clark                                                               

                                                                               

COSPNSR    Aubry, Espaillat, Ortiz, Pheffer, Seddio                            

                                                                               

MLTSPNSR   Brennan, Cook, Diaz R, Gordon, Lavelle, Mayersohn, Stringer, Wright

                                                                               

Add Art 73-A SS3650-f & 3650-g, Ed L; add S91-g, St Fin L                      

Provides for the provision of temporary emergency educational assistance to school districts which fail to provide a sound basic education to the students in such district; provides such assistance shall be in addition to any other state aid provided to the school district; provides the board of regents shall, upon application of a school district, determine eligibility for such assistance; establishes the temporary emergency educational fund.              


A03229 Actions:

02/01/2005 referred to education                                               


A03229 Votes:


A03229 Memo:

TITLE  OF BILL:  An act to amend the education law and the state finance       

law, in relation to establishing a temporary emergency educational  fund       

to provide assistance to underfunded school districts; and providing for       

the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof                      

                                                                               

PURPOSE  OR  GENERAL  IDEA OF BILL:   To establish a temporary emergency       

fund to meet the immediate educational needs of public  school  children       

pending  resolution  of  ongoing school finance litigation involving New       

York State.                                                                    

                                                                               

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:  The education law would be  amended  by       

establishing  a  temporary  emergency  educational fund to enable under-       

funded school districts to provide a sound basic education to students.        

                                                                               

Moneys from the fund shall be used by school districts only for  specif-       

ically  enumerated  purposes such as acquiring textbooks, school library       

books, classroom supplies and equipment, laboratory equipment, computers       

and related hardware and software.                                             

                                                                               

Moneys from the fund shall be apportioned through a competitive  process       

that  takes  into  account  the  severity  of the shortage of a school`s       

educational resources. In allocating funds, a school district shall give       

priority in the following order: (1) first, to a school under  registra-       

tion  review;  (2)  second, to any school performing significantly below       

state standards as defined by the commissioner; and (3)  third,  to  any       

school  that is determined by the commissioner to need emergency funding       

to address a severe lack of educational  resources.  However,  not  more       

than 60% of the funds allocated pursuant to this act shall go to any one       

school district.                                                               

                                                                               

State funds provided pursuant to this act shall not supplant local funds       

for any similar purpose. Instead, school districts receiving funds under       

this  section  are  required  to  maintain their local effort in funding       

programs that fall within the purview of this act.                             

                                                                               

To apply for emergency assistance funds, a school district must file  an       

application with the State Education Commissioner. Such application must       

detail  how  the  district  plans  to  use the funds requested, how such       

expenditures are consistent with the purposes of this act,  and  include       

an  accountability  system  which explains how the district will monitor       

the funds to ensure that they are being  used  in  a  manner  that  will       

improve student academic achievement.                                          

                                                                               

This  act  shall  expire  when a judicial resolution of the Campaign for       

Fiscal Equity v. New York State lawsuit is reached and a funding  system       

which  enables  every  district  to  provide  a sound basic education is       

established and fully implemented.                                             

                                                                               

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER:   The education  law       

is  amended  by  adding  a  new  article  73-A. The state finance law is       

amended by adding a new section 91-e.                                          

                                                                               

JUSTIFICATION:    Decades  of  experience  have  shown  that the state`s       

current school funding system has consistently underfunded  hundreds  of       

public  schools  across  the state. Currently the state is involved in a       

school finance lawsuit in which the constitutionality,  sufficiency  and       

social  impact of the state`s school funding system are at issue. Unfor-       

tunately, it could take years before the case  is  ultimately  resolved.       

Meanwhile,  time  marches  on and millions of schoolchildren continue to       

attend public schools which lack the resources needed  to  prepare  them       

for  productive  citizenship in the 21st century. These children, caught       

between legal and political crossfire, are being  denied  the  monetary,       

educational,  psychological  and social resources they desperately need,       

and as a result are being exposed to irreparable harm.                         

                                                                               

This act addresses the need to protect  students  from  the  potentially       

irreparable harm they are exposed to due to a severe lack of educational       

resources  In  public  schools.  Accordingly,  this act seeks to provide       

emergency funding for critical  educational  resources  to  benefit  the       

millions of children who cannot wait until protracted legal disputes are       

resolved  before  receiving  the  tools  they  need  in  order  to  meet       

resource-driven academic standards.                                            

                                                                               

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:                                                     

                                                                               

1/9/02 - A.7584 referred to Assembly Education Committee.                      

1/7/04 - A.3579 referred to Assembly Education Committee.                      

                                                                               

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:  To be determined.        

                                                                               

EFFECTIVE DATE:  This act shall take effect immediately.

S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K

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           S. 1702                                                  A. 3229    

                                                                               

                              2005-2006 Regular Sessions                       

                                                                               

                             S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y                     

                                                                               

                                   February 1, 2005                            

                                      ___________                              

                                                                               

       IN  SENATE  --  Introduced  by  Sens.  MONTGOMERY, ANDREWS, BROWN, DIAZ,

         DILAN, DUANE, HASSELL-THOMPSON, ONORATO, PARKER,  SAMPSON,  SCHNEIDER-

         MAN,  A. SMITH,  M. SMITH  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when

         printed to be committed to the Committee on Education                 

                                                                               

       IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. CLARK,  AUBRY,  ESPAILLAT,  ORTIZ,

         PHEFFER,  SEDDIO  --  Multi-Sponsored  by  --  M. of A. BRENNAN, COOK,

         R. DIAZ, GORDON, LAVELLE, MAYERSOHN, STRINGER, WRIGHT -- read once and

         referred to the Committee on Education                                

                                                                               

       AN ACT to amend the education law and the state finance law, in relation

         to establishing a temporary  emergency  educational  fund  to  provide

         assistance  to  underfunded  school  districts;  and providing for the

         repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof                 

                                                                               

         THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-

       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:                                               

                                                                               

    1    Section  1.  Legislative  intent.  The  legislature  hereby finds that

    2  decades of experience have shown that the state`s current school funding

    3  system has consistently underfunded hundreds of  public  schools  across

    4  the  state.  Currently the state is involved in a school finance lawsuit

    5  (CAMPAIGN FOR FISCAL EQUITY, ET AL. V. THE STATE OF NEW YORK, ET AL.) in

    6  which the  constitutionality,  sufficiency  and  social  impact  of  the

    7  state`s school funding system are at issue. Unfortunately, it could take

    8  years  before  the case is ultimately resolved.  Meanwhile, time marches

    9  on and millions of schoolchildren  continue  to  attend  public  schools

   10  which  lack the resources needed to prepare them for productive citizen-

   11  ship in the twenty-first century. These children, caught  between  legal

   12  and  political  crossfire,  are  being denied the monetary, educational,

   13  psychological and social resources  they  desperately  need,  and  as  a

   14  result are being irreparably harmed.                                    

   15    The  legislature  declares that this act addresses the need to protect

   16  students from the potentially irreparable harm they are exposed  to  due

                                                                               

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

                             { } is old law to be omitted.                     

                                                                  LBD03130-01-5

                                                                               

       S. 1702                             2                            A. 3229

                                                                               

    1  to a severe lack of educational resources in public schools.  According-

    2  ly, this act seeks to provide emergency funding for critical educational

    3  resources  to  benefit  the  millions  of children who cannot wait until

    4  protracted  legal  disputes are resolved before receiving the tools they

    5  need in order to meet resource-driven academic standards.               

    6    S 2. The education law is amended by adding a new article 73-A to read

    7  as follows:                                                             

    8                                ARTICLE 73-A                              

    9                       TEMPORARY EMERGENCY EDUCATIONAL                    

   10                                 ASSISTANCE                               

   11  SECTION 3650-F. DEFINITIONS.                                            

   12          3650-G. TEMPORARY EMERGENCY EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE.             

   13    S 3650-F. DEFINITIONS. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE, THE  FOLLOWING

   14  TERMS SHALL MEAN:                                                       

   15    1.  "FUND"  SHALL MEAN THE TEMPORARY EMERGENCY EDUCATIONAL FUND ESTAB-

   16  LISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION NINETY-ONE-G OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW.       

   17    2. "SOUND BASIC EDUCATION" SHALL MEAN THOSE FOUNDATIONAL  SKILLS  THAT

   18  PUBLIC  SCHOOL  STUDENTS  NEED  TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS CAPABLE OF

   19  CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND SUSTAINING COMPETITIVE  EMPLOYMENT,  AS  DETERMINED

   20  PURSUANT TO THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER.              

   21    S  3650-G.  TEMPORARY EMERGENCY EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE. 1. IN ADDITION

   22  TO ANY MONEYS A SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL RECEIVE PURSUANT TO ARTICLE SEVEN-

   23  TY-THREE OF THIS TITLE, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL APPORTION SUCH ADDITIONAL

   24  FUNDING TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS AS SHALL BE NECESSARY  TO  ENABLE  ANY  SUCH

   25  DISTRICT TO PROVIDE A SOUND BASIC EDUCATION TO STUDENTS.                

   26    IN  ALLOCATING FUNDS PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, A SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL

   27  GIVE PRIORITY IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER:  (I)  FIRST,  TO  A  SCHOOL  UNDER

   28  REGISTRATION REVIEW; (II) SECOND, TO ANY SCHOOL PERFORMING SIGNIFICANTLY

   29  BELOW  STATE  STANDARDS AS DEFINED BY THE COMMISSIONER; AND (III) THIRD,

   30  TO ANY SCHOOL THAT IS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER TO  NEED  EMERGENCY

   31  FUNDING TO ADDRESS A SEVERE LACK OF EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES.              

   32    2.  MONEYS  IN THE FUND SHALL BE APPORTIONED TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS WHICH

   33  MEET THE CRITERIA SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF  THIS  SECTION  TO  BE

   34  USED BY SUCH DISTRICTS FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES:                      

   35    (A) THE EMPLOYMENT OF A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF QUALIFIED TEACHERS, PRIN-

   36  CIPALS AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL PERSONNEL;                                 

   37    (B) THE REDUCTION OF CLASS SIZES;                                     

   38    (C)  THE  CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION, REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE OF ADEQUATE

   39  AND ACCESSIBLE SCHOOL BUILDINGS WITH SUFFICIENT SPACE TO  ENSURE  APPRO-

   40  PRIATE CLASS SIZES AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A SOUND CURRICULUM;            

   41    (D) THE ACQUISITION OF EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMIT-

   42  ED  TO,  TEXTBOOKS,  SCHOOL LIBRARY BOOKS, CLASSROOM SUPPLIES AND EQUIP-

   43  MENT, LABORATORY EQUIPMENT, REMEDIAL PROGRAMS, AND EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLO-

   44  GY SUCH AS COMPUTERS, THE RELATED HARDWARE AND APPROPRIATE SOFTWARE;    

   45    (E) THE PROVISION OF SUITABLE CURRICULA; AND                          

   46    (F) THE PROVISION OF RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS WITH EXTRAORDINARY NEEDS.

   47    3. (A) MONEYS FROM THE FUND SHALL BE APPORTIONED THROUGH A COMPETITIVE

   48  PROCESS THAT TAKES INTO CONSIDERATION THE SEVERITY OF SHORTAGE OF EDUCA-

   49  TIONAL RESOURCES NECESSARY TO PROVIDE A SOUND  BASIC  EDUCATION.  MONEYS

   50  APPORTIONED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE USED ONLY FOR THE PURPOSES

   51  ENUMERATED IN THIS SECTION.                                             

   52    (B)  NOT  MORE  THAN  SIXTY PERCENT OF THE FUNDS ALLOCATED PURSUANT TO

   53  THIS SECTION SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO ANY ONE SCHOOL DISTRICT.        

   54    (C) ANY SCHOOL DISTRICT RECEIVING FUNDS UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL MAIN-

   55  TAIN ANY LOCAL EFFORT IN THE CURRENT YEAR EQUIVALENT TO SUCH  EFFORT  IN

   56  THE  BASE  YEAR FOR ANY LOCAL PROGRAM THAT HAS PURPOSES THAT ARE SIMILAR

                                                                               

       S. 1702                             3                            A. 3229

                                                                               

    1  TO ANY PURPOSE OF THIS SECTION OR THE DISTRICT  SHALL  PROVIDE  A  LOCAL

    2  MATCH  TO  STATE  FUNDS  RECEIVED  PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. STATE FUNDS

    3  PROVIDED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL NOT SUPPLANT LOCAL FUNDS FOR ANY

    4  PURPOSE SIMILAR TO THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION.                        

    5    4.  APPLICATIONS  BY  A  SCHOOL  DISTRICT FOR FUNDING PURSUANT TO THIS

    6  SECTION SHALL BE FILED WITH THE COMMISSIONER, IN A  FORM  DETERMINED  BY

    7  THE  COMMISSIONER,  BY  JUNE FIRST OF THE BASE YEAR AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS

    8  SHALL BE NOTIFIED OF THEIR AWARD OF TEMPORARY  EMERGENCY  ASSISTANCE  BY

    9  JUNE THIRTIETH OF THE BASE YEAR, PROVIDED THAT IN ANY YEAR SUCH APPLICA-

   10  TION AND AWARD DATES MAY BE MODIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR THE REASON-

   11  ABLE  ADMINISTRATION  OF  THE  PROGRAM. SUCH APPLICATION SHALL INCLUDE A

   12  PLAN BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE EXPENDITURE OF  THE  FUNDS  IN  EACH

   13  CATEGORY  OF  ALLOWABLE  EXPENSES  AUTHORIZED  BY THIS SECTION, AND SUCH

   14  EXPENDITURES SHALL BE CONSISTENT WITH SUCH PLAN AND  THE  PROVISIONS  OF

   15  THIS  SECTION.    SUCH  APPLICATION  SHALL ALSO INCLUDE A METHODOLOGY BY

   16  WHICH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL MONITOR THE EXPENDITURE OF ANY SUCH FUND-

   17  ING AND ENSURE THAT SUCH FUNDING WILL IMPROVE THE EDUCATION PROVIDED  BY

   18  THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.                                                    

   19    5.  THE  COMMISSIONER  IS AUTHORIZED TO PROMULGATE ANY RULES AND REGU-

   20  LATIONS NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.          

   21    S 3. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 91-g  to

   22  read as follows:                                                        

   23    S  91-G.  TEMPORARY  EMERGENCY  EDUCATIONAL  FUND.  1. THERE IS HEREBY

   24  ESTABLISHED IN THE CUSTODY OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER A SPECIAL FUND TO BE

   25  KNOWN AS THE "TEMPORARY EMERGENCY EDUCATIONAL FUND".                    

   26    2. SUCH FUND SHALL CONSIST OF ALL MONEYS APPROPRIATED THERETO, AND ALL

   27  OTHER MONEYS CREDITED OR TRANSFERRED THERETO  FROM  ANY  OTHER  FUND  OR

   28  SOURCE  PURSUANT  TO  LAW,  AND  ALL MONEYS RECEIVED FROM CONTRIBUTIONS,

   29  DONATIONS, GRANTS OR PAYMENTS FROM ANY SOURCE.                          

   30    3. MONEYS IN THE TEMPORARY EMERGENCY EDUCATIONAL FUND  SHALL  BE  KEPT

   31  SEPARATELY FROM AND SHALL NOT BE COMMINGLED WITH ANY OTHER MONEYS IN THE

   32  JOINT OR SOLE CUSTODY OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER.                         

   33    4.  THE  MONEYS  OF  THE  TEMPORARY  EMERGENCY EDUCATIONAL FUND, AFTER

   34  APPROPRIATION BY THE LEGISLATURE AND APPORTIONMENT BY THE  COMMISSIONER,

   35  SHALL  BE PAID OUT BY THE STATE COMPTROLLER PURSUANT TO ARTICLE SEVENTY-

   36  THREE-A OF THE EDUCATION LAW.                                           

   37    S 4. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  and  be

   38  deemed  repealed upon the final disposition of the cause of action enti-

   39  tled "CAMPAIGN FOR FISCAL EQUITY, ET AL. V. THE STATE OF  NEW  YORK,  ET

   40  AL."  and  the establishment and full implementation of a school funding

   41  system that funds every public school district in the state at  a  level

   42  that  enables such district to provide a sound basic education; provided

   43  that the attorney general shall notify  the  legislative  bill  drafting

   44  commission upon the occurrence of the final disposition of such cause of

   45  action in order that such commission may maintain an accurate and timely

   46  data  base  of the official text of the laws of the state of New York in

   47  furtherance of effecting the provisions of section 44 of the legislative

   48  law and section 70-b of the public officers law.                        

.SO DOC C 1702/3229     *END*                    BTXT                 2005