senate Bill S1578A

Requires teachers to be trained on combating bullying

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 10 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 13 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 13 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 1578A

Summary

Requires individuals applying for certification or licensure to be a teacher to complete a course of training in recognizing and responding to incidents of bullying and harassment.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1578
S1578A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3004, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S7759

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S1578A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to required training for
individuals applying for certification or licensure to be a teacher

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends education law by adding a new subdivision 2-a to
§3004 to require, as part of licensure and certification for teachers
a minimum of six hours of Course work or training in how to recognize
and respond to incidents of bullying, harassment and intimidation.
Each applicant shall provide the State Education Department with
documentation showing that they have successfully completed the
required training.

(2-b) requires coursework and training be provided by an institution
or provider which has been approved by the State Education Department.

(2-c) defines bullying, harassment and intimidation.

JUSTIFICATION:
Bullying at school is a pervasive problem that affects millions of
students every year. The National Center for Education Statistics
indicates student bullying is one of the most frequently reported
discipline problems at school: 21% of elementary schools, 43% of
middle schools, and 22% of high schools reported problems with
bullying in 2005-06.

A study cited in an American Medical Association report on bullying
found over two-thirds of students believe that schools respond poorly
to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult
help is infrequent and ineffective. These findings suggest that
teachers are simply unaware of much of the bullying that occurs
around them (likely because much of the bullying is difficult to
detect and because children frequently are reluctant to report
bullying to adults).

By requiring pre-service training, new teachers will be better
equipped to identify and respond to potentially damaging
victimization, as well as to implement positive feedback and modeling
to address appropriate social interactions.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
01/10/11 REFERRED TO EDUCATION
01/04/12 REFERRED TO EDUCATION

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This bill will take effect on the one hundred twentieth day following
the date on which it shall have become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1578--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  OPPENHEIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education  --  recom-
  mitted to the Committee on Education in accordance with Senate Rule 6,
  sec.  8  --  committee  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to required training  for
  individuals applying for certification or licensure to be a teacher

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1.  Section 3004 of the education law is amended by  adding  a
new subdivision 2-a to read as follows:
  2-A.  A.  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL PRESCRIBE REGULATIONS REQUIRING ALL
PERSONS APPLYING FOR CERTIFICATION OR A LICENSE TO BE A TEACHER,  ON  OR
AFTER  JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, TO HAVE COMPLETED A MINIMUM
OF SIX HOURS OF COURSEWORK AND TRAINING IN HOW TO RECOGNIZE AND  RESPOND
TO  INCIDENTS  OF  BULLYING, HARASSMENT AND INTIMIDATION. EACH APPLICANT
SHALL PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT WITH DOCUMENTATION SHOWING THAT THE  APPLI-
CANT  HAS  SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE REQUIRED TRAINING. SUCH COURSEWORK
OR TRAINING SHALL BE IN ADDITION TO ALL OTHER CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE
REQUIREMENTS.
  B. COURSEWORK AND TRAINING REQUIRED BY THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL: (I)  BE
PROVIDED  BY  AN  INSTITUTION OR PROVIDER WHICH HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE
DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE  SUCH  COURSEWORK  OR  TRAINING;  AND  (II)  SHALL
INCLUDE,  BUT  NOT  BE LIMITED TO, INFORMATION TO HELP TEACHERS IDENTIFY
AND APPROPRIATELY RESPOND  TO  INCIDENTS  OF  BULLYING,  HARASSMENT  AND
INTIMIDATION  IN  SCHOOLS,  AND  SHALL  PROVIDE  TEACHERS WITH SKILLS TO
PROMOTE POSITIVE AND APPROPRIATE SOCIAL INTERACTIONS, TOLERANCE, RESPECT
AND ACCEPTANCE OF DIVERSITY.
  C. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS SECTION, BULLYING,  HARASSMENT  AND  INTIM-
IDATION ARE DEFINED AS ANY AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR INCLUDING VERBAL OR PHYS-
ICAL CONDUCT, AND WRITTEN OR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION, THAT HAS OR WOULD

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05340-02-2

S. 1578--A                          2

HAVE  THE  EFFECT  OF  CREATING  A  HOSTILE  EDUCATIONAL  ENVIRONMENT BY
SUBSTANTIALLY INTERFERING WITH A STUDENT'S EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS,  OPPOR-
TUNITIES  OR  PERFORMANCE, OR WITH A STUDENT'S PHYSICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL
WELL-BEING, OR THAT REASONABLY CAUSES OR WOULD REASONABLY BE EXPECTED TO
CAUSE A STUDENT TO FEAR FOR HIS OR HER PHYSICAL SAFETY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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