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S05608 Summary:

Add §4407-a, Ed L
Requires each school district to provide interventions and special curricula for children with dyslexia or other phonological learning differences or disabilities.
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S05608 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                       May 8, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen. JACKSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Education
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to curricula for students
          identified as dyslexic or as having any  other  phonological  learning
          difference or disability

          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 4407-a
     2  to read as follows:
     3    § 4407-a. Special provisions relating to instruction of children  with
     4  dyslexia or other phonological differences or disabilities. 1. The board
     5  of  education  or  trustees of each school district shall provide inter-
     6  vention services for any student who is identified  as  dyslexic  or  as
     7  having  any  other  phonological learning difference or disability. Such
     8  intervention services shall include a multi-sensory sequential  phonics-
     9  based curriculum, which shall be taught in addition to any other special
    10  instruction.
    11    2.  Curricula  established pursuant to subdivision one of this section
    12  shall:
    13    a. include explicit and direct instruction that is systematic, sequen-
    14  tial, cumulative, and follows a logical plan of presenting the alphabet-
    15  ic principle that targets the specific needs  of  each  student  without
    16  presuming any prior skills or knowledge;
    17    b.  include  meaning-based instruction directed at purposeful reading,
    18  with emphasis on student comprehension; and
    19    c. be structured to provide individual instruction  tailored  to  each
    20  student, or to a small group setting of ten students or less.
    21    3.  The  board  of  education  or trustees shall inform each student's
    22  parent or person in parental relation of the intervention services being
    23  implemented under this section.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    4. Each school district shall provide the  department  and  regents  a
     2  detailed  report on its curriculum and intervention services established
     3  pursuant to this section by the thirty-first day of July annually.
     4    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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