Bill Text: NY A04818 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires the New York city department of education to create more gifted and talented programs and classes in all school districts with elementary kindergarten through fifth grade and intermediate sixth through eighth grade with four or more classes per grade for students who shall gain entry through academic merit rather than through an admissions examination; authorizes automatic admission to a gifted and talented program in intermediate sixth through eighth grade for those students in elementary grades kindergarten through fifth grade who are currently enrolled in such program; makes related provisions.

Spectrum: Strong Partisan Bill (Democrat 23-2)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-05 - referred to education [A04818 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A04818-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          4818
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 5, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced by M. of A. COLTON -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Education
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  administrative code of the city of New York, in
          relation to requiring the New York city  department  of  education  to
          create more gifted and talented programs and classes
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The administrative code of the city of New York is  amended
     2  by adding a new section 21-974.1 to read as follows:
     3    §  21-974.1 Gifted and talented programs and classes.  Notwithstanding
     4  any other provision of law, rule, regulation or local law to the contra-
     5  ry, the department shall direct:
     6    a. All schools with elementary kindergarten through fifth  grade  with
     7  four  or  more classes per grade shall have at least one class per grade
     8  for top performing students who gain entry through academic merit rather
     9  than through an admissions examination. All  schools  with  intermediate
    10  sixth  through  eighth  grade  with four or more classes per grade shall
    11  have at least one class per grade for top performing students  who  gain
    12  entry  through academic merit rather than through an admissions examina-
    13  tion.
    14    b. All school districts shall have at least one  district  gifted  and
    15  talented  program  for  elementary kindergarten through fifth grade with
    16  admissions  based  on  the  current  admissions  standard.  All   school
    17  districts  shall  have at least one district gifted and talented program
    18  for intermediate sixth through eighth grade with admissions based on  an
    19  examination  that uses a competitive and objective measure of scholastic
    20  achievement; provided,  however,  that  any  student  in  a  gifted  and
    21  talented  program for elementary kindergarten through fifth grade pursu-
    22  ant to this subdivision shall receive automatic admission  to  a  gifted
    23  and talented program for intermediate sixth through eighth grade.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD04739-01-9

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     1    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
     2  it shall have become a law.  Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
     3  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
     4  tation  of  this act on its effective date are authorized to be made and
     5  completed on or before such effective date.
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