Power of Ten 6/11/18: Meeting on June 12 to Discuss Rockland Cty Resolution re Education Oversight

Power of Ten Special Edition:

Reminder: Tonight (Tuesday June 12) at 6:30 at the Rockland Legislature

Please attend this meeting, to show support for this essential action to protect every child’s right to education.

When: June 12 at 6:30 PM

Where: 11 New Hempstead Rd, New City

RESOLUTION NO. __ OF 2018

URGING THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE TO PASS BILLS A.1305

AND S.1733 CREATING AN ENFORCEMENT MECHANISM FOR NONPUBLIC

SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS

WHEREAS, In 2015, Parents of students and former students of several religious

schools in the East Ramapo School District filed a class action lawsuit alleging that

school and education officials failed to provide boys with a sound basic education; and

WHEREAS, The lawsuit claimed that the students were only provided a limited

number of hours of secular education per week and asked the Court to compel these

schools to raise their educational standards; and

WHEREAS, Currently, New York State Education Law requires that a student in

a non-public school must be provided with a substantially equivalent education. The

purpose of this requirement is to ensure that all children are afforded a quality and basic

education regardless of where they receive instruction; and

WHEREAS, · New York State Education Law, however, does not provide an

enforcement mechanism to ensure that a non-public school complies with required

standards leaving parents and students with no remedy; and

WHEREAS, Assembly Bill A.1305 and Senate Bill S.1733 clarifies that a

student’s education in a non-public school must be substantially equivalent to the public

school district where the school is located rather than where the minor resides and

creates a comp’9int process whereby parents, students, teachers and/or residents can

file a complaint with the Department of Education if they believe a non-public school is

failing to comply with the educational standards already set in place; and

WHEREAS, the Committee has met, considered and by a

vote, approved this resolution; now therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Legislature of Rockland County hereby urges the New York

Legislature to pass Bills A.1305 and S.1733 to amend the Education Law by creating an

enforcement mechanism for education standards in non-public schools; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Clerk to the Legislature be and is hereby authorized and

directed to send a copy of this resolution to Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the

State of New York; Hon. David Carlucci, Hon. William J. Larkin, Jr., New York State

Senators, Hon. Kenneth P. Zebrowski, Jr., Hon. Ellen C. Jaffee, Hon. James G. Skoufis,

and Hon. Karl Brabanec, Members of the New York State Assembly; the President Pro

Tern of the New York State Senate; the Speaker of the New York State Assembly; the

Majority and Minority Leaders of the New York State Senate and Assembly; and to such

other persons as the Clerk, in his discretion, may deem proper in order to effectuate the

purpose of this resolution.

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