Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 05, 2012
reported and committed to finance
|May 02, 2012
referred to education
Senate Bill S7261
2011-2012 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Finance Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2011-S7261 (ACTIVE) - Details
2011-S7261 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S7261 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to courses of instruction on the constitution of the United States and the federalist papers PURPOSE: Requires a course of instruction on the provisions of the Federalist Papers and the United States Constitution to be provided to high school students SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends subdivision 2 and 3 of section 801 of the education law, subdivision 2 as amended by chapter 481 of the laws of 1949 and subdivision 3 as amended by chapter 574 of the laws of 1997, are amended and a new subdivision 6 is added. Section two is the effective date. JUSTIFICATION: We live in a country where the Constitution is a revered document, and we live in a state where the Federalist Papers were helpful in the passage of the Constitution. Even today the Federalist Papers serve as a means to understand the intent behind the articles of the Constitution and are sometimes used in judicial decisions. It is
2011-S7261 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7261 I N S E N A T E May 2, 2012 ___________ Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- 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 courses of instruction on the constitution of the United States and the federalist papers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 2 and 3 of section 801 of the education law, subdivision 2 as amended by chapter 481 of the laws of 1949 and subdivi- sion 3 as amended by chapter 574 of the laws of 1997, are amended and a new subdivision 6 is added to read as follows: 2. The regents shall prescribe courses of instruction in the history, meaning, significance and effect of the provisions of the constitution of the United States, the amendments thereto, THE FEDERALIST PAPERS, the declaration of independence, the constitution of the state of New York and the amendments thereto, to be maintained and followed in all of the schools of the state. The boards of education and trustees of the several cities and school districts of the state shall require instruc- tion to be given in such courses, by the teachers employed in the schools therein. All pupils attending such schools, in the eighth and higher grades, shall attend upon such instruction. Similar courses of instruction shall be prescribed and maintained in private schools in the state, and all pupils in such schools in grades or classes corresponding to the instruction in the eighth and higher grades of the public schools shall attend upon such courses. If such courses are not so established and maintained in a private school, attendance upon instruction in such school shall not be deemed substan- tially equivalent to instruction given to pupils in the public schools of the city or district in which such pupils reside. 3. The regents shall determine the subjects to be included in such courses of instruction in patriotism, citizenship, and human rights issues, with particular attention to the study of the inhumanity of genocide, slavery (including the freedom trail and underground rail- road), the Holocaust, and the mass starvation in Ireland from 1845 to 1850, and in the history, meaning, significance and effect of the EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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