“The state would have real power to force schools to comply with fire safety guidelines and verify inspections if legislation proposed by Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, D-New City, passes.
“If a school is unwilling to follow the law, we must put in place specific consequences,” Zebrowski said in a released statement.
Although schools must submit annually a fire safety report to the state Department of Education, there are no consequences for those that do not comply, Zebrowski said. The legislation, he said, would empower the education department to take action against negligent schools.
If a private school does not file within 90 days of the Dec. 16 deadline, the education commissioner must have the school inspected.
If a school refuses access to inspectors or does not correct violations in a timely manner, aid will be withheld until the school complies with the law.
If a school district fails to correct violations after an inspection, the commissioner may revoke a public school building’s certificate of occupancy.
State Sen. David Carlucci, D-New City, said he was interested in supporting the bill.
“Assemblyman Zebrowski and I are determined to ensure that every child in New York has the ability to learn in a safe and secure classroom,” Carlucci said in a released statement.”
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