senate Bill S4107

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires schools to provide instruction on the history of the Ukrainian genocide-holodomor of 1932 through 1933

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S4107 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2755
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง801, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1016, A2434
2009-2010: S3356A, A6690A

S4107 - Bill Texts

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Requires schools to provide instruction on the history of the Ukrainian Genocide Holodomor from 1932 through 1933.

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BILL NUMBER:S4107

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
instruction on the subject of the history of the Ukrainian
Genocide-Holodomor of 1932 to 1933

PURPOSE: Requires schools to provide instruction on the history of
the Ukrainian genocide holodornor from 1932 through 1933.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends the Subdivisions 1 and 3 of Section 801
of the education law as amended by Chapter 574 of the laws of 1997 to
include the Ukrainian Genocide-Holdomor of 1932 and 1933 as required
courses instructions.

JUSTIFICATION: The feminine in the Ukraine was deliberately initiated
and enforced by the Soviet regime through the seizure of grain and the
blockade of food shipments into the affected areas, as well as by
forcibly preventing the starving population from leaving the region
for the purposes of eliminating resistance to the forced
collectivization of agriculture and destroying Ukraine's national
identity. This famine resulted in the deaths of millions of men, women
and children in the Ukraine and in other regions.

Although Ukraine was one of the greatest losses of human life in the
20th century remains insufficiently recognized in the United States
and in the world. As such, the fight against racism begins with our
children learning the history of Ukrainian Genocide Holodomor and
teaching them solutions to keep our communities whole.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009/2010 - S3356-A (Died Education) 2011/2012
S.1016 (Died Education)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: Shall take effect on the first July next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become law.

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

                                  4107

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 8, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  STEWART-COUSINS -- 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
  subject  of the history of the Ukrainian Genocide-Holodomor of 1932 to
  1933

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

  Section  1.  Subdivisions 1 and 3 of section 801 of the education law,
as amended by chapter 574 of the laws of 1997, are amended  to  read  as
follows:
  1.  In  order  to  promote a spirit of patriotic and civic service and
obligation and to foster in the children of the state moral  and  intel-
lectual  qualities  which  are  essential in preparing to meet the obli-
gations of citizenship in peace or in war, the regents of The University
of the State of New York  shall  prescribe  courses  of  instruction  in
patriotism, citizenship, and human rights issues, with particular atten-
tion  to the study of the inhumanity of genocide, slavery (including the
freedom trail and underground railroad), the  Holocaust,  THE  UKRAINIAN
GENOCIDE-HOLODOMOR  OF  1932 TO 1933, and the mass starvation in Ireland
from 1845 to 1850, to be maintained and followed in all the  schools  of
the  state.  The  boards of education and trustees of the several cities
and school districts of the state shall require instruction to be  given
in  such  courses,  by the teachers employed in the schools therein. All
pupils attending such schools, over the age of eight years, 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 over eight
years of age shall attend upon such courses. If such courses are not  so
established and maintained in a private school, attendance upon instruc-
tion  in  such  school  shall  not be deemed substantially equivalent to

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02487-01-3

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instruction given to pupils of like age 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, THE UKRAINIAN GENOCIDE-HOLODOMOR OF 1932 TO 1933,
and the mass starvation in Ireland from 1845 to 1850, and in the  histo-
ry,  meaning, significance and effect of the provisions of the constitu-
tion of the United States, the amendments thereto,  the  declaration  of
independence,  the  constitution of the state of New York and the amend-
ments thereto, and the period of instruction in each of  the  grades  in
such subjects. They shall adopt rules providing for attendance upon such
instruction and for such other matters as are required for carrying into
effect  the objects and purposes of this section. The commissioner shall
be responsible for the enforcement of such section and shall cause to be
inspected and supervise the instruction to be given  in  such  subjects.
The  commissioner  may, in his discretion, cause all or a portion of the
public school money to be apportioned to a district or city to be  with-
held  for  failure of the school authorities of such district or city to
provide instruction in such courses and to compel attendance  upon  such
instruction,  as  herein  prescribed,  and for a non-compliance with the
rules of the regents adopted as herein provided.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July  next  succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.

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