senate Bill S1703

Amended

Relates to instruction on the history of people with disabilities

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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
  • 21 / May / 2013
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 21 / May / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.718
  • 22 / May / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 22 / May / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 22 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 07 / Feb / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 07 / Feb / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 1703A
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 28 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.931
  • 29 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Relates to instruction on the history of people with disabilities.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1703
S1703A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง801, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S2352
2009-2010: S7930

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S1703

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:
This bill would promote greater awareness and understanding of people
with disabilities by amending current education law (Chapter 265 of
the Laws of 2000) which requires the NYS Education Department to make
available to elementary schools suitable curriculum materials to aid
in the instruction on the understanding and acceptance of people with
disabilities. This amendment will require the department to provide
the curriculum to secondary schools.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Subdivision 5 of section 801 of the education law is amended to
include grades seven to twelfth grades in the instruction in the
understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities.

JUSTIFICATION:
Chapter 265 of the laws of 2000 was enacted to promote the spirit of
the Americans with Disabilities Act which requires a less restrictive
educational environment for students with disabilities. As more
students with disabilities are placed in mainstream classrooms, the
need to promote
tolerance and acceptance is a core component of teaching good
citizenship. with the rise of violence in schools this bill will
influence and change how students view and interact with others of
differing abilities.

Current law requires the NYS Board of Regents to create a curriculum
that promotes mutual respect and understanding of people with
disabilities to elementary school students. The intent of chapter 265
is to teach tolerance and, acknowledge the impact and contributions
that individuals with disabilities have had on society. When students
learn that people with disabilities are more similar than different,
have strengths and talents, and want to participate in school
activities, a foundation for good citizenship begins to develop.
Disability History curriculum will provide a forum for discussion and
inspires respect for individual differences and ultimately provides a
roadmap for creating an accepting society.

It is the state's responsibility to provide a sound basic education to
all students. Included in the NYS Board of Regents learning standards
are goals to provide the educational framework that promotes
citizenship
and civic responsibility. Chapter 265 made it possible for elementary
schools (grades kindergarten through sixth grade) to better prepare
young students to be more tolerant to the differences that make each
of us unique.

The "Museum of Disability History" located in Western New York has
worked with teachers, special educators, advocates and parents of
children with disabilities to establish a curriculum for grades K-12


that highlights the history of people with disabilities, with a
strong focus on awareness, sensitivity and diversity. Pilot programs
in WNY area schools have shown the curriculum to be effective in the
classroom. This
curriculum is free and readily accessible on the web, adding no cost
to schools or the state.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.7930 of 2010.
S.2352 of 2011/12 Passed the Senate.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the
date on which it shall have become a law, and shall apply to all
school years which commence on or after its effective date.

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

                                  1703

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  GRISANTI, GALLIVAN, LARKIN, MAZIARZ -- 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. Subdivision 5 of section 801 of the education law, as added
by chapter 265 of the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows:
  5. The regents shall make available to all  elementary  AND  SECONDARY
schools  in  the  state  suitable  curriculum  materials  to  aid in the
instruction of pupils in grades kindergarten through [six] TWELVE in the
understanding and acceptance of children with disabilities as defined in
section forty-four hundred one of this chapter.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July  next  succeeding
the  date  on  which  it shall have become a law, and shall apply to all
school years which commence on or after its effective date.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04106-01-3

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