senate Bill S7261

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires a course of instruction on the provisions of the federalist papers and the United States constitution to be provided to high school students

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 05, 2012 reported and committed to finance
May 02, 2012 referred to education


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Jun 5, 2012 - Education committee Vote

Aye with Reservations
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S7261 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง801, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S2134
2015-2016: S4509
2017-2018: S4364
2019-2020: S378
2021-2022: S4287

S7261 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires a course of instruction on the provisions of the federalist papers and the United States constitution to be provided to high school students.

S7261 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7261 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                            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


  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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