senate Bill S1014

Requires public schools to incorporate instruction in Indo-Caribbean studies into their existing curriculum

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Requires public schools to incorporate instruction in Indian Subcontinent/Indo-Caribbean studies into their existing curriculum.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A268A
Versions:
S1014
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง801-b, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S4615A, S4823A, A8126

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BILL NUMBER:S1014 REVISED 5/30/13

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
requiring public schools to incorporate instruction in Indian
Subcontinent/Indo-Caribbean studies into the existing curriculum

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The legislation will allow public
schools to include, as part of their social studies or literature,
instruction regarding South Asian studies, regarding the history,
literature and/or culture of groups originating in the Indian
subcontinent.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends the education law by adding a new section
801-b which sets forth details for the component of Indian
Subcontinent/Indo-Caribbean Studies curriculum.

Section 2 provides for this act to take effect immediately and shall
apply to all school years commencing on or after July 1, 2014.

JUSTIFICATION: The South Asian population in New York is rapidly
growing, with over 200,000 residents of Indian Subcontinent /
Indo-Caribbean descent in Queens alone. It is important that our
students are receiving a well-rounded education exposing them to the
heritage and tradition of a vast array of cultures.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Same As A.268-A (Miller) (2013)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall
apply to all school years commencing on or after July 1, 2014.

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

                                  1014

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. AVELLA, ADDABBO -- 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  requiring  public
  schools       to      incorporate      instruction      in      Indian
  Subcontinent/Indo-Caribbean studies into the existing curriculum

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

  Section  1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 801-b
to read as follows:
  S  801-B.  EDUCATION  REGARDING   INDIAN   SUBCONTINENT/INDO-CARIBBEAN
STUDIES.  1.  ALL  PUBLIC  SCHOOLS SHALL BE AUTHORIZED TO INCLUDE, AS AN
INTEGRAL PART OF SOCIAL STUDIES  OR  LITERATURE,  INSTRUCTION  REGARDING
INDIAN SUBCONTINENT/INDO-CARIBBEAN STUDIES. THE CONTENT MAY BE VARIED TO
MEET  THE NEEDS OF PARTICULAR SCHOOL DISTRICTS, OR PORTIONS THEREOF, AND
NEED NOT BE UNIFORM THROUGHOUT THE STATE.
  2.  AS  USED  IN  THIS  SECTION,  "INDIAN  SUBCONTINENT/INDO-CARIBBEAN
STUDIES"  MEANS  EDUCATION  REGARDING  THE  HISTORY,  LITERATURE  AND/OR
CULTURE OF GROUPS OF PERSONS HAVING ORIGINS IN THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT.
  3. THE REGENTS SHALL DETERMINE HOW TO INCORPORATE  SUCH  COMPONENT  IN
EXISTING CURRICULA AND THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE ANY REGULATIONS
NEEDED TO CARRY OUT SUCH DETERMINATION OF THE REGENTS AND TO ESTABLISH A
CURRICULUM FOR INSTRUCTION IN INDIAN SUBCONTINENT/INDO-CARIBBEAN STUDIES
TO BE AVAILABLE IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS.
  S  2.  This  act  shall take effect immediately and shall apply to all
school years commencing on or after July 1, 2014.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01026-02-3

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