Bill Text: NY S04485 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Provides that undergraduate and/or graduate students who are matriculated in an approved graduate or undergraduate program at degree granting institutions located in the state of New York leading to a career as a primary or secondary teacher in a school providing special education, shall be eligible for an award.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Republican 4-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-13 - REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION [S04485 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S04485-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     March 13, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sens.  RANZENHOFER, FELDER, FUNKE, HELMING, ORTT -- read
          twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
          Committee on Higher Education
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to incentive programs for
          teaching those with disabilities
          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 a new section  669-i
     2  to read as follows:
     3    §  669-i.  New  York  state teaching those with disabilities incentive
     4  program. 1. Eligibility. Notwithstanding subdivision five of section six
     5  hundred sixty-one of this part, undergraduate and/or  graduate  students
     6  who are matriculated in an approved undergraduate or graduate program at
     7  degree  granting institutions located within the state of New York lead-
     8  ing to a career as a primary or secondary teacher in, or  leading  to  a
     9  license  to provide therapeutic support of students in, a school provid-
    10  ing special education as defined in this section, shall be eligible  for
    11  an award under this section, provided the applicant:
    12    (a)  signs  a  contract  with the corporation agreeing to teach in the
    13  classroom or provide therapeutic services on a full-time basis for  five
    14  years in a school providing special education as defined in this section
    15  located within New York; and
    16    (b)  complies  with  the applicable provisions of this article and all
    17  requirements promulgated by the corporation for  the  administration  of
    18  the program.
    19    2.  Amount.  Within  amounts  appropriated  therefor,  awards shall be
    20  granted to applicants that the corporation has certified are eligible to
    21  receive such awards. Up to five hundred awards may be made to new recip-
    22  ients annually. Such awards  shall  be  made  to  recipients  after  the
    23  successful  completion  of  each academic year, as defined by the corpo-
    24  ration.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    3. Duration. An award shall entitle the recipient to  annual  payments
     2  for  not  more than four academic years of full-time undergraduate study
     3  and one academic year of full-time graduate  study  leading  to  certif-
     4  ication  as a classroom teacher or a license to provide therapeutic care
     5  in a school providing special education as defined in this section.
     6    4.  Conditions.  Recipients  shall  receive  an annual payment for the
     7  successful completion of an academic year, equal to the  annual  tuition
     8  charged  to  state  resident students attending an undergraduate program
     9  full-time at the  state  university  of  New  York,  or  actual  tuition
    10  charged, whichever is less.
    11    5. Recipient. The corporation shall convert to a student loan the full
    12  amount  of  the  award  given  pursuant  to this section, plus interest,
    13  according to a schedule to be determined by the corporation if:
    14    (a) two years after the completion of the degree program  and  receipt
    15  of initial certification it is found that a recipient is not teaching or
    16  providing  therapeutic  services in a school providing special education
    17  as defined in this section located within New York state on a  full-time
    18  basis; or
    19    (b)  a  recipient has not taught or provided therapeutic services in a
    20  school providing special education as defined in  this  section  located
    21  within  New  York state on a full-time basis for five of the seven years
    22  after the completion of  the  degree  program  and  receipt  of  initial
    23  certification or license; or
    24    (c) a recipient fails to complete his or her degree program or changes
    25  majors  to  an  undergraduate  degree  program  other than in primary or
    26  secondary education or other therapeutic service in a  school  providing
    27  special education as defined in this section; or
    28    (d)  a  recipient  fails to receive or maintain their teaching certif-
    29  icate or license to provide therapeutic treatment in New York state; or
    30    (e) a recipient fails to respond to requests by  the  corporation  for
    31  the  status  of  his or her academic or professional progress. The terms
    32  and conditions of this subdivision shall  be  deferred  for  any  inter-
    33  ruption  in undergraduate or graduate study or employment as established
    34  by the rules and regulations  of  the  corporation.  Any  obligation  to
    35  comply  with  such  provisions  as  outlined  in  this  section shall be
    36  cancelled  upon  the  death  of  the  recipient.    Notwithstanding  any
    37  provisions  of  this  subdivision  to  the  contrary, the corporation is
    38  authorized to promulgate rules and regulations to provide for the waiver
    39  or suspension of any financial obligation which  would  involve  extreme
    40  hardship.
    41    6.  Authorization.  The  corporation is authorized to promulgate rules
    42  and regulations necessary for the implementation of  the  provisions  of
    43  this  section,  including  the criteria for the provision of awards on a
    44  competitive basis and the rate of interest charged for repayment of  the
    45  student loan.
    46    7. Definitions. For the purposes of this section:
    47    (a)  "school providing special education" shall be defined as a school
    48  created by chapter eight hundred fifty-three of  the  laws  of  nineteen
    49  hundred  seventy-six,  a school created by a special act of the legisla-
    50  ture for the purpose of providing education  services  to  students  who
    51  reside  in  child care institutions, state supported schools established
    52  by the legislature pursuant to section four thousand two hundred one  of
    53  this  chapter  or state operated schools established pursuant to article
    54  eighty-seven of this chapter; and

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     1    (b) "therapeutic support" shall be defined  as  counselling,  clinical
     2  support,  nursing, behavior therapy, speech therapy, occupational thera-
     3  py, physical therapy or social work.
     4    §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
     5  have become a law.