senate Bill S5558

Signed by Governor

Relates to extending the timeframe for school professionals applying for certification to complete training on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 20 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.974
  • 05 / Jun / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 10 / Jun / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A8049
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.610
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 24 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 30 / Jun / 2013
    • SIGNED CHAP.90

Summary

Relates to extending the timeframe for school professionals applying for certification to complete training on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8049
Versions:
S5558
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง14, Ed L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5558

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
extending the timeframe for school professionals applying for
certification to complete training on the social patterns of
harassment, bullying and discrimination

Purpose of the bill:

The purpose of this bill is to provide an extension of the date after
which applicants for certification as teachers or other professional
educators would be required to complete certain training requirements
relating to harassment, bullying and discrimination under the
provisions of Chapter 102 of the Laws of 2012.

Summary of the provisions of the bill:

Section 1 of the bill would amend subdivision 5 of section 14 of the
Education Law to extend the date upon which school professionals
applying for a teaching or school leader certificate would be required
to complete training on the social patterns of harassment, bullying
and discrimination, the identification and mitigation of harassment,
bullying and discrimination, and strategies for effectively addressing
problems of exclusion, bias and aggression in educational settings
from July 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.

Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.

Statement in Support of the Bill:

An extension of the implementation deadline for the training
requirement prescribed in Chapter 102 of the Laws of 2012 for school
professionals is needed to ensure there is sufficient access to the
training before school professionals apply for a certificate. The
Department has been consulting with the Dignity Act Work Group for the
last several months to develop a syllabus for the 6-hour training
course. The syllabus is being finalized, however, the Department
cannot post applications for approved providers until the syllabus is
complete and there are less than two months for school professionals
applying for a certificate on July 1, 2013 to complete such training.
Therefore, an extension of time is needed in order to ensure that the
syllabus is properly developed, that there is adequate time for
providers of such training to apply to the Department to become an
approved provider so that they can coordinate the needed recourses
such as qualified instructors, high quality support materials and
facilities - that they will need to meet Department standards.

In addition, it is essential that students seeking certification, or
current teachers seeking a new certification, have access to approved
providers. Since the regulations require that at least 3 hours of the
training be provided in a face-to-face format, ensuring broad access
is critical to ensure that individuals seeking a certification will
not be severely inconvenienced, that accessing an approved provider
will not prove cost prohibitive or that individuals are simply unable
to attend an approved workshop.

Budgetary implications of the bill:


None.

Prior legislative history:

Chapter 482 of the Laws of 2010 enacted the Dignity for All Students
Act. Chapter 102 of the Laws of 2012 enacted several revisions to the
original Dignity Act, including a provision that required school
professionals applying for a certificate or license on or after July
1, 2013 to complete certain training in harassment, bullying and
discrimination.

Effective date:

This bill will become effective immediately.

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

                                  5558

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 20, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  FLANAGAN  --  (at  request  of the State Education
  Department) -- 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 extending the time-
  frame for school professionals applying for certification to  complete
  training  on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimi-
  nation

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

  Section  1. Subdivision 5 of section 14 of the education law, as added
by chapter 102 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows:
  5. The commissioner shall prescribe regulations  that  school  profes-
sionals  applying  on  or  after [July first] DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, two
thousand thirteen for a certificate or license, including but not limit-
ed to a certificate or license valid for service as a classroom teacher,
school counselor, school  psychologist,  school  social  worker,  school
administrator or supervisor or superintendent of schools shall, in addi-
tion   to  all  other  certification  or  licensing  requirements,  have
completed training on the social patterns of  harassment,  bullying  and
discrimination,  as defined in section eleven of this article, including
but not limited to those acts based on a person's  actual  or  perceived
race,  color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious
practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex, the identifica-
tion and mitigation of  harassment,  bullying  and  discrimination,  and
strategies  for  effectively  addressing problems of exclusion, bias and
aggression in educational settings.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the  same  date  and  in  the  same
manner as chapter 102 of the laws of 2012 takes effect.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10854-01-3

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