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File #: Int 1565-2017    Version: Name: Requiring the DOE to distribute information regarding educational rights and departmental policies related to interactions with non-local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Education
On agenda: 4/25/2017
Enactment date: 12/1/2017 Law number: 2017/227
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of education to distribute information regarding educational rights and departmental policies related to interactions with non-local law enforcement
Sponsors: Daniel Dromm , Carlos Menchaca, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Stephen T. Levin, Ben Kallos, Margaret S. Chin, Vanessa L. Gibson, Andrew Cohen, Deborah L. Rose
Council Member Sponsors: 10
Summary: The proposed legislation would require the Department of Education (DOE) to annually distribute information related to students’ and parents’ educational rights and the DOE’s policies and procedures related to interactions with non-local law enforcement. Such information would include information on: available legal resources to help students and parents understand their rights and options regarding their educational rights, privacy rights, circumstances under which students may have the right to refuse to speak with non-local law enforcement, immigration legal assistance, and DOE’s protocol and policies with regard to interactions with non-local law enforcement, including procedures for when a student’s parent has been detained or otherwise separated from a family; the number of staff trained on such policies; and the method by which parents may update a student’s emergency contact information. The bill would require the DOE to notify any student whose directory information may be released pursuant to the family educational rights and privacy act what information may be released, and to whom, and how students or their parents may opt out of such release of information. The bill would also require the DOE to, upon any request by non-local law enforcement for access to a student or student’s records, notify the student’s parent of such request (unless notification is prohibited by law) and provide information to the student and student’s parent about available resources for seeking legal assistance.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1565-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1565, 3. April 25, 2017 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Int. No. 1565, 5. Committee Report 4/26/17, 6. Hearing Testimony 4/26/17, 7. Hearing Transcript 4/26/17, 8. Proposed Int. No. 1565-A - 10/30/17, 9. Committee Report 10/30/17, 10. Hearing Testimony 10/30/17, 11. Hearing Transcript 10/30/17, 12. October 31, 2017 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 13. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 14. Fiscal Impact Statement, 15. Int. No. 1565-A (FINAL), 16. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 10-31-17, 17. Legislative Documents - Letter to the Mayor, 18. Local Law 227, 19. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - October 31, 2017
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12/1/2017ADaniel Dromm City Council City Charter Rule Adopted  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/20/2017ADaniel Dromm Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/31/2017ADaniel Dromm City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/31/2017ADaniel Dromm City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/30/2017*Daniel Dromm Committee on Education Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/30/2017*Daniel Dromm Committee on Education Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/30/2017*Daniel Dromm Committee on Education Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/30/2017ADaniel Dromm Committee on Education Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/26/2017*Daniel Dromm Committee on Public Safety Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/26/2017*Daniel Dromm Committee on Public Safety Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/26/2017*Daniel Dromm Committee on Immigration Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/26/2017*Daniel Dromm Committee on Immigration Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/26/2017*Daniel Dromm Committee on Education Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
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4/25/2017*Daniel Dromm City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/25/2017*Daniel Dromm City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 1565-A

 

By Council Members Dromm, Menchaca, Ferreras-Copeland, The Speaker (Council Member Mark-Viverito), Levin, Kallos, Chin, Gibson, Cohen and Rose

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of education to distribute information regarding educational rights and departmental policies related to interactions with non-local law enforcement

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

                     Section 1. Title 21-A of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new chapter 15 to read as follows:

Chapter 15. Distribution of Information Regarding Interactions with Non-Local Law Enforcement

                     § 21-977 Distribution of information regarding educational rights and departmental policies related to interactions with non-local law enforcement. a. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

                     School. The term “school” means a school of the city school district of the city of New York.

                     Student. The term “student” means any pupil under the age of twenty-one as of September first of the academic period being reported, who does not have a high school diploma and who is enrolled in a school.

                     b. The department shall annually distribute to each school, for distribution to every student of such school, the following information in writing, in hard copy or electronically if distribution of other similar documents occurs electronically, using plain and simple language:

 

1. information about available legal resources that may help parents and students to understand their legal rights and options with respect to: (i) educational rights that may be guaranteed regardless of citizenship or immigration status; (ii) the circumstances in which personally identifiable information from a student’s education record, the disclosure of which is subject to the family educational rights and privacy act, may be disclosed to third parties, including, but not limited to, non-local law enforcement; (iii) circumstances under which students may have the right to refuse to speak with non-local law enforcement; (iv) the application process for obtaining nonimmigrant status under subparagraphs (T) and (U) of paragraph (15) of subsection (a) of section 1101 of title 8 of the United States code, or successor statutes, and for the self-petition process pursuant to the violence against women act; and (v) resources available to assist students and their families seeking immigration-related legal assistance, including, but not limited to, contact information for the mayor’s office of immigrant affairs;

2. information regarding the department’s protocol and policies with regard to interactions with non-local law enforcement, including the number of staff who received training administered by the department relating to such protocol and policies; and

3. information regarding the department’s protocol and policies in the event that a parent of a student is detained or otherwise separated pursuant to actions by non-local law enforcement, and information regarding how a parent of a student may update relevant emergency contact information.

c. Prior to the release of any directory information pursuant to the family educational rights and privacy act, the department shall distribute, in writing, in hard copy or electronically if distribution of other similar documents occurs electronically, to any student whose information may be released, or to such student’s parent, (i) the categories of information the department has designated as directory information; (ii) how a parent of a student under age 18, or a student age 18 or over, may notify the department that such directory information pertaining to his or her child, or to himself or herself, may not be disclosed; and (iii) the circumstances in which such directory information may be disclosed to third parties, including, but not limited to, non-local law enforcement, and the third parties to whom it would be disclosed, if a parent of a student under age 18, or a student age 18 or over, does not opt out of disclosure of such information pertaining to such student.

d. The department shall ensure that the information required to be distributed by subdivision b is additionally available in each school, each office where the department provides enrollment assistance and on the department's website.

e. Upon any request by non-local law enforcement for access to a student or a student’s records, the department shall notify such student’s parent of such request unless such notification is prohibited by law or by a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena, and shall provide such student and parent with information on available resources for seeking legal assistance in response to such request.

                     § 2.                     This local law takes effect 60 days after it becomes law.

 

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LS # 9735

10/16/17