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A04538 Summary:

COSPNSRHevesi, Stirpe, Wallace, Lifton, Colton, Griffin, Epstein, Steck, Lupardo, DiPietro, Reyes
Amd 210-a, Ed L
Relates to the cumulative grade point average admission requirement for graduate-level teacher and educational leader programs.
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A04538 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 4, 2019
        Introduced by M. of A. GLICK, HEVESI, STIRPE, WALLACE, LIFTON, COLTON --
          Multi-Sponsored  by  -- M. of A. RAIA -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Higher Education
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the  cumulative  grade
          point  average  admission  requirement  for graduate-level teacher and
          educational leader programs

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Section 210-a of the education law, as amended by chapter
     2  454 of the laws of 2017, is amended to read as follows:
     3    § 210-a. Admission requirements for graduate-level teacher and  educa-
     4  tional  leader  programs.  Each institution registered by the department
     5  with graduate-level teacher and leader education  programs  shall  adopt
     6  rigorous  selection criteria geared to predicting a candidate's academic
     7  success in its program, including but not limited to, a minimum score on
     8  the graduate record examination or a substantially equivalent  admission
     9  examination,  as  determined  by  the  institution, and achievement of a
    10  minimum cumulative grade point average [of 3.0 or higher] in the  candi-
    11  date's  undergraduate  program;  provided, however, such graduate record
    12  examination or substantially equivalent admission  examination  require-
    13  ment  shall in no case apply to certified teachers or school administra-
    14  tors who already hold a graduate degree. Each program may exempt no more
    15  than fifteen percent  of  any  incoming  class  of  students  from  such
    16  selection criteria set forth in this section based on a student's demon-
    17  stration  of  potential to positively contribute to the teaching profes-
    18  sion or other extenuating circumstances pursuant to the  regulations  of
    19  the commissioner. A program shall report to the department the number of
    20  students  admitted pursuant to such exemption and the selection criteria
    21  used for such exemptions.
    22    § 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day  after  it  shall
    23  have become a law.

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