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A02525 Summary:

BILL NOA02525
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORFahy
 
COSPNSROtis, Lupardo, Cahill, Thiele, Barrett, Colton, Seawright, Braunstein
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add 61.15, Arts & Cul L
 
Relates to the provision of financial assistance to museums, zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums and other cultural institutions located in low-income urban, suburban or rural communities, or that provide educational services to students from such communities.
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A02525 Actions:

BILL NOA02525
 
01/19/2021referred to tourism, parks, arts and sports development
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A02525 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A2525
 
SPONSOR: Fahy
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the arts and cultural affairs law, in relation to providing financial assistance to museums, zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums and other cultural institutions located in low-income urban, suburban or rural communities, or that provide educational services to students from such communities   PURPOSE: Museums and other eligible institutions would have access to grant fund- ing to conduct curriculum-based educational programs for students and teachers in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve and adults enrolled in continuing education programs. The grants are competitive in nature and can be used for the production of curricula, acquisition of special- ized educational or interpretive skills, the acquisition of specialized educational technology, the preparation of specialized educational exhi- bition or public programming, the development and delivery of continuing education programs, the transportation of students to a museum, histor- ical society, zoo, botanical garden or aquarium, and other programs that support the development and delivery of curriculum-based programs in museums and other eligible institutions with collections. Grants would be limited to proposals that serve students and adult learners from low-income communities.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 Statement of legislative findings and intent. Section 2 Short Title "museum education act" Section 3 Arts and cultural affairs law amended by adding a new section 61.15 to direct the commissioner of education to develop and implement a museum education grant program. Section 4 Contains the effective date   JUSTIFICATION: New York State has more museums, historical societies, zoos, botanical gardens and aquaria than any other state, many of which are among the leading art, history, science, and natural history institutions in the world. As many as 60 million visitors, including over 6 million school children, visit New York's museums and institutions each year, the economic impact of which is well into the billions of dollars statewide. However, many of our tourist and educational destinations are struggling financially to keep their doors open and provide the services students and adult learners need. Since 2008, school districts statewide have been forced to cut their budgets and many have unfortunately cut trans- portation budgets once used to transport students to their local and regional museums and in situations. This unfortunate reality has effec- tively cutoff many of New York's students from learning field trips and, in turn, harmed the museums and institutions they once visited. The MEA will help reverse this trend and get our students and adult learners back to the museums and institutions eager to serve them -at no cost to local school districts. In doing so, the MEA will strengthen the educa- tional competitiveness of New York's students and adult learners while strengthening local economies in the process.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A9695 2019-20   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Subject to appropriation.   EFFECTIVE DATE: The act takes effect one year after it becomes law.
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A02525 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          2525
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 19, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. FAHY, OTIS, LUPARDO, CAHILL, THIELE, BARRETT,
          COLTON, SEAWRIGHT, BRAUNSTEIN -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development
 
        AN ACT to amend the arts  and  cultural  affairs  law,  in  relation  to
          providing  financial  assistance  to museums, zoos, botanical gardens,
          aquariums and other cultural institutions located in low-income urban,
          suburban or rural communities, or that provide educational services to
          students from such communities
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1. Statement of legislative findings and intent. The legisla-
     2  ture finds and declares that the state of  New  York  is  home  to  vast
     3  educational  resources in museums, historical societies, zoos, botanical
     4  gardens, aquaria and cultural arts institutions that offer a  wealth  of
     5  ways to engage children and adults and instill in them a lasting love of
     6  learning.
     7    The  legislature  finds that over 1,500 museums, historical societies,
     8  zoos, botanical gardens, aquaria and cultural arts institutions in  this
     9  state  now  provide  instruction  to over six million children, and that
    10  children in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve and  adults  enrolled
    11  in  continuing  education programs should have broad and equal access to
    12  such services.
    13    The legislature further finds  that  community  cultural  arts  insti-
    14  tutions, in collaboration with teachers and schools, must design new and
    15  innovative  programs  to  engage  learners  in  such  pressing issues as
    16  science, anthropology, history and arts literacy.
    17    It is the intent of the legislature that the state  provide  financial
    18  assistance  to cultural arts institutions serving under-resourced urban,
    19  suburban or rural communities to  expand  educational  services  through
    20  access  to  museum  collections,  scholarship  and  virtual learning and
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03214-02-1

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     1  extend their uniquely valuable educational resources to the children and
     2  lifelong learners of the state.
     3    §  2.  Short  title.  This  act shall be known and may be cited as the
     4  "museum education act".
     5    § 3. The arts and cultural affairs law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
     6  section 61.15 to read as follows:
     7    §  61.15. Education grants for museums. 1.  The commissioner of educa-
     8  tion shall develop and  implement,  with  consultation  and  input  from
     9  representatives  from  the  museum and cultural institution community, a
    10  museum and cultural organization  education  grant  program,  and  shall
    11  award,  within  the  amounts appropriated from the general fund for such
    12  purpose, competitive grants in accordance  with  this  section  for  the
    13  purpose  of  establishing or improving education programs in museums and
    14  cultural organizations designed to improve student performance in public
    15  and nonpublic elementary, middle  and  secondary  schools.  Such  grants
    16  shall be expended to support the production of curricula, acquisition of
    17  specialized  educational  or interpretive skills, acquisition and imple-
    18  mentation of technology, and preparation of  specialized  exhibition  or
    19  public  programs  that  are tailored to elementary, middle and secondary
    20  school students; the development and delivery  of  continuing  education
    21  programs;  provision  of student transportation; and other programs that
    22  support the development and delivery  of  curriculum-based  programs  in
    23  museums with collections.
    24    2.  As  used in this section, "eligible institution" shall mean: (a) a
    25  nonprofit institution chartered by the board of  regents,  or  otherwise
    26  incorporated as a museum, historical society, nature center, zoo, botan-
    27  ical  garden,  arboretum,  aquarium or other cultural education institu-
    28  tion, or a privately or municipally operated institution that meets  the
    29  applicable  registration  standards  established by the board of regents
    30  for museums or  historical  societies  with  collections,  and  that  is
    31  located  in  a low-income urban, suburban or rural community or provides
    32  educational services to students  and  adult  learners  from  low-income
    33  urban,  suburban  or  rural  communities;  (b)  a museum authorized by a
    34  special charter from the legislature of this state and that  is  located
    35  in  a  low-income  urban, suburban or rural community or provides educa-
    36  tional services to students and adult learners  from  low-income  urban,
    37  suburban or rural communities; or (c) a private not-for-profit community
    38  based  organization,  including  an incorporated institution the sole or
    39  primary purpose of which is the support of museums,  historic  sites  or
    40  historical  societies  located  in a low-income urban, suburban or rural
    41  community or that provides educational services to  students  and  adult
    42  learners  from  low-income  urban, suburban or rural communities; except
    43  that institutions operated by state or federal government agencies shall
    44  not be considered eligible under this section.
    45    3. The governing body or officer of an eligible institution requesting
    46  a grant pursuant to this section shall submit  an  application  at  such
    47  time,  and  in such form and containing such information, as the commis-
    48  sioner of education may require. Such commissioner shall  establish  the
    49  criteria  and  standards  by which applications for grants to be awarded
    50  pursuant to this section will be evaluated and made to  eligible  insti-
    51  tutions. The commissioner of education is authorized to promulgate regu-
    52  lations  for  the development and submission of applications for cooper-
    53  ative or collaborative grants, provided that a single institution serves
    54  as the applicant for such a grant and for multi-year grants.
    55    4. The commissioner of education shall award grants, subject to avail-
    56  able appropriations, in an amount not to exceed the allowable  costs  of

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     1  the  eligible institution as determined by such commissioner.  Allowable
     2  costs shall include, but need not be limited to, the reasonable cost  of
     3  salaries  and fringe benefits, materials and equipment. The commissioner
     4  of  education  shall  allocate  a  minimum of twenty-five percent of the
     5  amount appropriated for such grants to award  to  institutions  with  an
     6  operating  budget  of between ten thousand dollars and one hundred fifty
     7  thousand dollars per year. The commissioner of education shall  allocate
     8  a  minimum  of  twenty-five  percent of the amount appropriated for such
     9  grants to award to institutions with an operating budget of between  one
    10  hundred fifty thousand one dollars and five hundred thousand dollars per
    11  year.    The commissioner of education shall allocate a minimum of twen-
    12  ty-five percent of the amount appropriated for such grants to  award  to
    13  institutions  with  an operating budget of between five hundred thousand
    14  one dollars and one million dollars per year. The commissioner of educa-
    15  tion shall allocate a minimum  of  twenty-five  percent  of  the  amount
    16  appropriated  for such grants to award to institutions with an operating
    17  budget in excess of one million dollars per year.
    18    5. On or before March fifteenth, two thousand twenty-four  and  on  or
    19  before  March  first of each year thereafter, the commissioner of educa-
    20  tion shall submit to the chairs of the senate finance and  the  assembly
    21  ways  and  means  committees,  and  the director of the budget, a report
    22  detailing the implementation of the  provisions  of  this  section,  the
    23  extent  of  participation  by eligible institutions, the relationship of
    24  the programs provided to school curricula, and the geographic dispersion
    25  of funds and participating institutions.
    26    § 4. This act shall take effect on the three hundred  sixty-fifth  day
    27  after  it  shall  have become a law. Effective immediately the addition,
    28  amendment and/or repeal of any rule  or  regulation  necessary  for  the
    29  implementation  of  this  act on its effective date are authorized to be
    30  made and completed on or before such date.
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