senate Bill S560

Relates to instruction on the history of people with disabilities

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

Summary

Relates to instruction on the history of people with disabilities.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S560
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง801, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S942

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BILL NUMBER:S560

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:
To include the history of people with disabilities in the state's
mandatory curriculum.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one: adds "the history of people with disabilities in New York
State" to the list of mandatory subjects to be taught. It also
provides that the instruction should be concentrated, but not limited
to the third full week in October to coincide with the state's
Disability History Week.

JUSTIFICATION:
Among the list of mandatory subjects in school are patriotism, human
rights, the Holocallst, and the mass starvation in Ireland. This bill
adds the history of people with disabilities to that important list.

It is important for our youth to understand the history in order to
appreciate how individuals with disabilities were once viewed and
treated. The bill would authorize the board of Regents to adopt a
statewide curriculum that would provide students with the opportunity
to learn how people with disabilities were instrumental in changing
history, and how they became active participants in changing societal
attitudes about their needs, desires, and capabilities. By teaching
disability history in schools we are taking the necessary steps to
ensure that history is not repeated and that there continues to be
movement towards and even more accessible society in future
generations.

Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, North
Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington have all
followed the precedent set by West Virginia in establishing the third
week of October as Disability History Week. New York has established
that week also as Disability History Week, and this legislation will
ensure the educational aspect.

This legislation lays the foundation for good citizenship and inspires
respect for individual differences and will create a road map for an
accepting society in New York State.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
05/06/08 REFERRED TO EDUCATION

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.


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

                                   560

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- 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. Subdivisions 1 and 3 of section 801 of the  education  law,
as  amended  by  chapter 574 of the laws of 1997, are amended to read as
follows:
  1. In order to promote a spirit of patriotic  and  civic  service  and
obligation  and  to foster in the children of the state moral and intel-
lectual qualities which are essential in preparing  to  meet  the  obli-
gations of citizenship in peace or in war, the regents of The University
of  the  State  of  New  York  shall prescribe courses of instruction in
patriotism, citizenship, and human rights issues, with particular atten-
tion to the study of the inhumanity of genocide, slavery (including  the
freedom  trail  and  underground  railroad), the Holocaust, and the mass
starvation in Ireland from 1845 to 1850, AND THE HISTORY OF PEOPLE  WITH
DISABILITIES,  TO  BE  CONCENTRATED DURING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE THIRD
FULL WEEK OF OCTOBER, to be maintained and followed in all  the  schools
of the state. The boards of education and trustees of the several cities
and  school districts of the state shall require instruction to be given
in such courses, by the teachers employed in the  schools  therein.  All
pupils attending such schools, over the age of eight years, shall attend
upon such instruction.
  Similar  courses  of instruction shall be prescribed and maintained in
private schools in the state, and all pupils in such schools over  eight
years  of age shall attend upon such courses. If such courses are not so
established and maintained in a private school, attendance upon instruc-
tion in such school shall not  be  deemed  substantially  equivalent  to

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01984-01-1

S. 560                              2

instruction  given  to  pupils  of like age in the public schools of the
city or district in which such pupils reside.
  3.  The  regents  shall  determine the subjects to be included in such
courses of instruction in  patriotism,  citizenship,  and  human  rights
issues,  with  particular  attention  to  the study of the inhumanity of
genocide, slavery (including the freedom  trail  and  underground  rail-
road),  the  Holocaust,  and the mass starvation in Ireland from 1845 to
1850, THE HISTORY  OF  PEOPLE  WITH  DISABILITIES,  TO  BE  CONCENTRATED
DURING,  BUT  NOT  LIMITED TO THE THIRD FULL WEEK OF OCTOBER, and in the
history, meaning, significance and  effect  of  the  provisions  of  the
constitution  of the United States, the amendments thereto, the declara-
tion of independence, the constitution of the state of New York and  the
amendments  thereto, and the period of instruction in each of the grades
in such subjects. They shall adopt rules providing for  attendance  upon
such instruction and for such other matters as are required for carrying
into  effect  the objects and purposes of this section. The commissioner
shall be responsible for the enforcement of such section and shall cause
to be inspected and supervise  the  instruction  to  be  given  in  such
subjects. The commissioner may, in his OR HER discretion, cause all or a
portion  of  the  public school money to be apportioned to a district or
city to be withheld for  failure  of  the  school  authorities  of  such
district  or  city  to provide instruction in such courses and to compel
attendance upon such instruction, as herein prescribed, and for  a  non-
compliance with the rules of the regents adopted as [herein] provided IN
THIS SECTION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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