senate Bill S1291A

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 ยง817, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S71
2009-2010: S1295

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BILL NUMBER:S1291A

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 817 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 2009-2010: Referred
to and died in the Senate Committee on Education. 2011-2012: S.71 -
Died in Committee 2013: S.1291 - 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--A

                       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 -- recommitted to the Commit-
  tee on Education in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

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 817 to
read as follows:
  S 817. 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.
                                                           LBD03892-02-4

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