senate Bill S1875

Requires school districts to establish and maintain peace/conflict resolution centers

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  • 13 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Requires school districts to establish and maintain peace/conflict resolution centers.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1875
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง1504-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S7625

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S1875

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to peace/conflict resolution
centers

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This legislation would require school districts to establish and
maintain peace/conflict resolution centers.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The education law is amended by adding a new section l504-a.

JUSTIFICATION:
The mission of a peer mediation program is to enable students to
resolve conflicts peacefully in order to promote mutual understanding
of individuals and groups throughout the school. The program's design
is to enhance the climate of the school by providing each person
opportunities to learn that conflict is natural and the appropriate
means to peaceful solutions.

Peer mediation develops leadership skills among pupils and enables
them to apply those skills immediately in their schools. Students
offer the support and run the program with a Faculty/Staff advisor.
Peer mediators should be students that represent the student body and
exhibit attributes of leadership who are respected by their
classmates. Referrals can be made by administrators, counselors,
teachers and other students. Peer mediation issues are treated
confidentially. Issues, discussions and outcomes will not be divulged
except in cases which may be illegal or life threatening. A pair of
trained volunteer student mediators will meet with the two parties to
help them reach an agreement.

Peace/Conflict resolution centers already in operation at Luperon and
Heritage High schools in Washington Heights have demonstrated that
mediation of disputes can reduce violence in schools, reduce the
number of suspensions, and promote constructive conflict management.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                  1875

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 13, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. ESPAILLAT -- 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 peace/conflict resol-
  ution centers

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

  Section  1.  Legislative  intent.  Peace/conflict  resolution  centers
already in operation at Luperon and Heritage High Schools in  Washington
Heights have demonstrated that mediation of disputes can reduce violence
in  schools,  reduce the number of suspensions, and promote constructive
conflict management. Peer mediation  develops  leadership  skills  among
pupils  and  enables  them  to  apply  those skills immediately in their
schools. This legislation requires every school district in the state to
maintain a peace/conflict resolution center.
  S 2. The education law is amended by adding a new  section  1504-a  to
read as follows:
  S  1504-A.  PEACE/CONFLICT RESOLUTION CENTERS. 1. ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS
ARE HEREBY REQUIRED TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN  A  PEACE/CONFLICT  RESOL-
UTION CENTER.
  2. SUCH PEACE/CONFLICT RESOLUTION CENTERS SHALL:
  (A) PROVIDE FOR THE SUPERVISED PEER MEDIATION OF CONFLICTS;
  (B) DEVELOP PUPIL LEADERSHIP SKILLS; AND
  (C) PROMOTE PEACEFUL ATMOSPHERES IN SCHOOLS AND THE SURROUNDING COMMU-
NITIES.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06301-01-1

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