senate Bill S71

2011-2012 Legislative Session

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

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 12, 2012 committee discharged and committed to rules
Feb 21, 2012 notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 04, 2012 referred to education
Mar 29, 2011 defeated in education
Feb 28, 2011 notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 05, 2011 referred to education

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Mar 29, 2011 - Education committee Vote

S71
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S71 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6474
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง815, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1295, A10966

S71 - Bill Texts

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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 NUMBER:S71

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 815 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 harms 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.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                   71

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. MONTGOMERY, DUANE, HASSELL-THOMPSON, HUNTLEY, KRUEG-
  ER, PARKER, PERKINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when print-
  ed 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 815 to
read as follows:
  S  815.  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.
                                                           LBD01402-01-1

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