S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
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.