S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
I N S E N A T E
May 13, 2010
Introduced by Sen. OPPENHEIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and
when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education
AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the dissection of
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 809 of the education law, as
amended by chapter 542 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as
4. Dissection of animals. Any student expressing a moral or religious
objection to the performance or witnessing of the dissection of an
animal, either wholly or in part, shall be provided the opportunity to
undertake and complete an alternative project that shall be approved by
such student's teacher; provided, however, that such objection is
substantiated in writing by the student's parent or legal guardian.
Students who perform alternative projects who do not perform or witness
the dissection of animals shall not be penalized. THE BOARD OF EDUCA-
TION OR TRUSTEES OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL DEVELOP A POLICY TO GIVE
REASONABLE NOTICE TO ALL STUDENTS AND STUDENTS' PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDI-
ANS ABOUT THEIR RIGHTS UNDER THIS SUBDIVISION. SUCH NOTICE SHALL BE
MADE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST AT THE SCHOOL AND DISTRIBUTED TO PARENTS AND
STUDENTS AT LEAST ONCE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.
S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.