senate Bill S1291

Amended

Mandates comprehensive, medically accurate and age appropriate sex education be taught in all public schools, grades one through twelve

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 11 / Mar / 2013
    • NOTICE OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION - REQUESTED
  • 16 / Apr / 2013
    • DEFEATED IN EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 03 / Feb / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 03 / Feb / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 1291A

Summary

Mandates comprehensive, medically accurate and age appropriate sex education be taught in all public schools, grades one through twelve; provides that the commissioner of education will create and establish a curriculum to accomplish such goal within one year of the effective date of this legislation.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1291
S1291A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง816, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S71
2009-2010: S1295

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BILL NUMBER:S1291

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
mandating sex education in elementary and high schools

PURPOSE: To establish and implement a comprehensive, medically
accurate and age appropriate sex education curriculum in grades one
through twelve in all public and charter schools.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds a new section 816 to the Education Law requiring the
Commissioner of Education to collaborate with the Commissioners of
Health and Mental Health to create an age comprehensive, medically
accurate and age-appropriate sex education curriculum for all grades
and requires that schools teach sex education. The section also grants
local boards of education or the Chancellor of the New York City
School System the option of adopting their own curriculum upon
approval of the Commissioner.

Section 2 establishes the enactment date.

JUSTIFICATION: According to a U.S. Government report released in
April 2007, abstinence-only sex education does not keep teenagers from
having sex. The independent study determined that the more than 2,000
teens who took part in the programs as elementary and middle schools
students were just as likely to have sex as those who did not
participate in them.

Similarly, a report of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
found no credible evidence to support the claim that abstinence-only
programs delay the onset of sexual activity or reduce its frequency.
Rather, the report revealed that abstinence-only programs put teens in
harm's way of contracting sexually transmitted infections and HIV /
AIDS, and fail to provide information about contraceptive methods that
could prevent pregnancy.

A poll conducted by Zogby International reveal that 77 percent of New
York voters believe that comprehensive age appropriate, medically
accurate sex education should be taught in public schools. The State
has a responsibility to bring this instruction into the classroom to
keep our youth healthy and safe, and give them the tools they need to
make healthy lifestyle choices.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2007-2008: Died in Committee
2009-1010: Referred to and died in the Senate Committee on Education.
2011-2012: S.71 Died in Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: The effective date is immediate.

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

                                  1291

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  MONTGOMERY,  HASSELL-THOMPSON,  KRUEGER,  PARKER,
  PERKINS -- 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 mandating sex educa-
  tion in elementary and high schools

  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 816 to
read as follows:
  S  816.  COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION.  1. THE COMMISSIONER, WORKING IN
CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONERS OF HEALTH AND MENTAL  HEALTH,  SHALL
CREATE  AND ESTABLISH A COMPREHENSIVE, MEDICALLY ACCURATE AND AGE APPRO-
PRIATE SEX EDUCATION CURRICULUM WHICH SHALL  BE  TAUGHT  IN  GRADES  ONE
THROUGH  TWELVE IN ALL PUBLIC AND CHARTER SCHOOLS. SUCH CURRICULUM SHALL
BE READY FOR USE WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION.
  2. THE CHANCELLOR OF THE NEW YORK CITY SCHOOL SYSTEM, OR  A  BOARD  OF
EDUCATION  MAY  ADOPT  THEIR OWN CURRICULUM UPON APPROVAL OF THE COMMIS-
SIONER, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE COMMISSIONER SHALL NOT  APPROVE  ANY
CURRICULUM  WHICH  DOES  NOT  SUBSTANTIALLY  COMPLY  WITH THE CURRICULUM
CREATED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION.
  3. SCHOOLS SHALL BEGIN TEACHING THE CURRICULUM ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO
THIS SECTION IN THE FIRST SCHOOL YEAR  FOLLOWING  CERTIFICATION  BY  THE
COMMISSIONER THAT SUCH CURRICULUM HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03892-01-3

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