Bill Text: NY A08211 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Establishes a commission for the educational advancement of multilingual learners in New York.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-20 - substituted by s4031b [A08211 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A08211-Amended.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                         8211--A

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                      June 7, 2019
                                       ___________

        Introduced by M. of A. ARROYO -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on  Education -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted
          as amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN ACT to establish a commission  for  the  educational  advancement  of
          multilingual  learners  in  New  York; and providing for the repeal of
          such provisions upon expiration thereof

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Commission  established. (a) A commission, to be known as
     2  the commission for the educational advancement of multilingual learners,
     3  hereafter referred to as the commission, is hereby created to study  and
     4  prepare  a  report on the best practices and legislative recommendations
     5  to close the achievement gap and high school  graduation  rates  between
     6  multilingual learners and their English proficient peers from prekinder-
     7  garten  through  twelfth  grade. The report will advise the legislature,
     8  governor, board of regents, and New York state  education  officials  on
     9  the  best  practices,  provide policy and legislative recommendations to
    10  close the achievement gap; and the feasibility  and  cost  to  implement
    11  such practices in schools.
    12    (b)  The  commission shall be composed of eleven members, appointed as
    13  follows: (i) two members shall be appointed by the  governor;  (ii)  two
    14  members  shall  be  appointed  by the speaker of the assembly; (iii) two
    15  members shall be appointed by the temporary  president  of  the  senate;
    16  (iv)  one member shall be appointed by the minority leader of the assem-
    17  bly; (v) one member shall be appointed by the  minority  leader  of  the
    18  senate;  (vi)  two  members  shall be appointed by the chancellor of the
    19  board of regents; and (vii) one member shall be the commissioner of  the
    20  New York state education department or appointed thereof who shall serve
    21  as  chairperson  of the commission.   Vacancies in the membership of the
    22  commission shall be filled within 30 days in  the  manner  provided  for
    23  original appointments.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD10122-07-9

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     1    (c)  The  commission  shall  be made up of at least: (i) one education
     2  professional who specializes in English to Speakers of  Other  Languages
     3  and Bilingual Programs; (ii) one teacher who has experience working with
     4  multilingual  students; (iii) one education professional who has experi-
     5  ence working with early childhood multilingual learners; (iv) one educa-
     6  tion  professional  who  has  experience with multilingual newcomers and
     7  high school graduation; and  (v)  one  education  professional  who  has
     8  expertise in education equity of New York state students.
     9    (d)  The  members  of the commission shall receive no compensation for
    10  their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses
    11  incurred in the performance of their duties hereunder.
    12    § 2. Appointments to commission. The  governor,  the  speaker  of  the
    13  assembly,  the temporary president of the senate, the minority leader of
    14  the assembly, the minority leader of the senate, the chancellor  of  the
    15  board  of  regents, and the commissioner of education shall submit their
    16  appointments no later than 120 days after this act becomes a law.
    17    § 3. Commission staff and agency liaison. The commissioner  of  educa-
    18  tion  shall  designate  such employees of the department of education as
    19  are reasonably necessary to provide support services to the  commission.
    20  The  commissioner of education shall appoint one or more representatives
    21  of the department of education to serve as liaison between such  depart-
    22  ment and the commission.
    23    § 4. Accomplishment of purpose. The commission shall be authorized and
    24  empowered  to  undertake  any  studies,  surveys or analyses it may deem
    25  relevant. The commission shall meet and hold at least five public  hear-
    26  ings,  pursuant  to  subdivision  (a) of section one of this act, one in
    27  each of the following regions of the state: Long Island, the city of New
    28  York, the city of Buffalo, the city of Syracuse and the city of Yonkers.
    29    § 5. Report on best practices  and  legislative  recommendations.  The
    30  commission  shall make a report of its findings, including any recommen-
    31  dations for legislative action as it may deem necessary and appropriate,
    32  to the governor, the temporary president of the senate, the  speaker  of
    33  the  assembly, the chairperson of the senate committee on education, the
    34  chairperson of the senate committee on  New  York  City  education,  the
    35  chairperson  of  the  assembly  committee  on  education,  the  board of
    36  regents, and the commissioner of education no later than one year  after
    37  all appointments to the commission have been made.
    38    §  6. This act shall take effect April 1, 2020 and shall expire and be
    39  deemed repealed two years after such date, provided,  however,  that  if
    40  upon  such  date  an  appropriation  to the education department for the
    41  purposes of implementing section one of this act  shall  not  have  been
    42  made,  this  act  shall  take  effect  on the forty-fifth day after such
    43  appropriation is made and shall expire and be deemed repealed two  years
    44  after  such date, provided further that the director of the budget shall
    45  notify the legislative bill drafting commission upon the  occurrence  of
    46  such appropriation in order that the commission may maintain an accurate
    47  and  timely  effective data base of the official text of the laws of the
    48  state of New York in  furtherance  of  effectuating  the  provisions  of
    49  section  44  of the legislative law and section 70-b of the public offi-
    50  cers law.
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