LAWS OF NEW YORK, 2002 CHAPTER 408 AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to providing teachers and other service providers with a copy of a student's individualized education program.

Became a law August 13, 2002, with the approval of the Governor. Passed by a majority vote, three-fifths being present.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. Section 4402 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 7 to read as follows:

7. a. The board of education or trustees of each school district and the board of trustees of each charter school shall adopt a policy to ensure that each regular education teacher, special education teacher, related service provider, and other service provider who is responsible for the implementation of a student's individualized education program shall be given a copy of such student's individualized education program prior to the implementation of such program.

b. Such policy shall require that any copy of a student's individualized education program provided pursuant to this subdivision shall remain confidential and shall not be redisclosed to any other person, in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

c. Such policy shall require the chair of the committee on special education to designate a professional employee of the school district with knowledge of the student's disability and education program to, prior to the implementation of the individualized education program, inform each teacher, assistant and support staff person of his or her responsibility relating to the implementation of the individualized education program and the specific accommodations, modifications, and supports that must be provided for the student in accordance with the individualized education program.

2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the amendment, addition and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the timely implementation of this act on its effective date is hereby authorized and directed to be made on or before such effective date.