New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Introduction 1486-2017: School Seat Application, Acceptance, and Enrollment Tracking

The proposed legislation would require the Department of Education (DOE) to track and report information on applications, offers of admission, and enrollment citywide, disaggregated by school, and further disaggregated by grade level, community school district of residence, council district of residence and zip code. The proposed legislation would also require DOE to report on anticipated seats available citywide and at each school in the next academic year.

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A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of education to report information on school applications, offers of admission, enrollment and school seats available


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 11 to read as follows:

Chapter 11. Reporting on School Applications, Offers of Admission, Enrollment and Available Seats

§ 21-973 Reporting on school applications, offers of admission, enrollment and available seats.

a. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

“School” means a school of the city school district of the city of New York that contains any combination of grades from and including kindergarten through grade 12.

"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 as school is defined in this subdivision, not including a pre-kindergarten student or a preschool child as preschool child is defined in section 4410 of the education law.

b. Not later than November 1, 2017, and annually thereafter on or before November 1, the department shall submit to the speaker of the council and post conspicuously on the department’s website, a report for the preceding academic year, which shall include but not be limited to the following:

1. The total number of applicants who applied for admission, aggregated citywide;

2. The total number of offers of admission granted, aggregated citywide;

3. The total number of students enrolled, aggregated citywide;

4. The total number of seats anticipated to be available in the following academic year, aggregated citywide.

c. The data required to be reported pursuant to paragraphs one through four of subdivision b of this section shall be disaggregated by school. For the data required to be reported pursuant to paragraphs one through three of subdivision b of this section, such school level data shall further be disaggregated by (i) grade level; (ii) community school district of residence of students; (iii) council district of residence of students and (iv) zip code of residence of students.

 d. No information that is otherwise required to be reported pursuant to this section shall be reported in a manner that would violate any applicable provision of federal, state or local law relating to the privacy of student information or that would interfere with law enforcement investigations or otherwise conflict with the interests of law enforcement. If a category contains between 1 and 5 students, or contains an amount that would allow the amount of another category that is five or less to be deduced, the number shall be replaced with a symbol.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.




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