senate Bill S2352

Relates to instruction on the history of people with disabilities

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  • 19 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 24 / May / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1186
  • 16 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 16 / Jun / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 16 / Jun / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 07 / Feb / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 18 / Apr / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.522
  • 19 / Apr / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 25 / Apr / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 30 / Apr / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 30 / Apr / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 30 / Apr / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Relates to instruction on the history of people with disabilities.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8466
Versions:
S2352
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง801, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S7930, A10852

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2352 REVISED 05/16/11

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to instruction on the history of
people with disabilities

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would promote greater
awareness and understanding of people with disabilities by amending
current education law (Chapter 265 of the Laws of 2000) which
requires the NYS Education Department to make available to elementary
schools suitable curriculum materials to aid in the instruction on
the understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities. This
amendment will require the department to provide the curriculum to
secondary schools.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Subdivision 5 of section 801 of the
education law is amended to include grades seven to twelfth grades in
the instruction in the understanding and acceptance of people with
disabilities.

JUSTIFICATION:
Chapter 265 of the laws of 2000 was enacted to promote
the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act which requires a
less restrictive educational environment for students with
disabilities. As more students with disabilities are placed in
mainstream classrooms, the need to promote tolerance and acceptance
is a core component of teaching good citizenship. with the rise of
violence in schools this bill will influence and change how students
view and interact with others of differing abilities.

Current law requires the NYS Board of Regents to create a curriculum
that promotes mutual respect and understanding of people with
disabilities to elementary school students. The intent of chapter 265
is to teach tolerance and, acknowledge the impact and contributions
that individuals with disabilities have had on society. When students
learn that people with disabilities are more similar than different,
have strengths and talents, and want to participate in school
activities, a foundation for good citizenship begins to develop.
Disability History curriculum will provide a forum for discussion and
inspires respect for individual differences and ultimately provides a
roadmap for creating an accepting society.

It is the state's responsibility to provide a sound basic education
to all students. Included in the NYS Board of Regents learning
standards are goals to provide the educational framework that
promotes citizenship and civic responsibility. Chapter 265 made it
possible for elementary schools (grades kindergarten through sixth

grade) to better prepare young students to be more tolerant to the
differences that make each of us unique.

The "Museum of Disability History" located in Western New York has
worked with teachers, special educators, advocates and parents of
children with disabilities to establish a curriculum for grades K-l2
that highlights the history of people with disabilities, with a
strong focus on awareness, sensitivity and diversity. Pilot programs
in WNY area schools have shown the
curriculum to be effective in the classroom. This curriculum is free
and readily accessible on the web, adding no cost to schools or the
state.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.7930 of 2010.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of July next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law, and shall
apply to all school years which commence on or after its effective
date.

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

                                  2352

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 19, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GRISANTI -- 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  instruction  on  the
  history of people with disabilities

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 5 of section 801 of the education law, as added
by chapter 265 of the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows:
  5. The regents shall make available to all  elementary  AND  SECONDARY
schools  in  the  state  suitable  curriculum  materials  to  aid in the
instruction of pupils in grades kindergarten through [six] TWELVE in the
understanding and acceptance of children with disabilities as defined in
section forty-four hundred one of this chapter.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July  next  succeeding
the  date  on  which  it shall have become a law, and shall apply to all
school years which commence on or after its effective date.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06862-01-1

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