senate Bill S894

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Makes certain provisions applicable to public schools relating to instruction in civility, citizenship and character education

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S894 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8019
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง801-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S5834

S894 - Bill Texts

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Makes certain provisions applicable to public schools relating to instruction in civility, citizenship and character education.

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BILL NUMBER:S894

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to making certain provisions
applicable to public schools relating to instruction in civility,
citizenship and character education

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To amend Education Law section 801-a, relating to instruction in
civility, citizenship and character, to explicitly state that the
amendments made to that section by chapter 102 of the laws of 2012,
apply only to public schools.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This bill makes a technical correction to the Dignity for All Students
Act ("Dignity"), so that Education-Law section 801-a, relating to
instruction in civility, citizenship and character, will explicitly
state the legislature's original intent that the amendments made to
that section by Dignity apply only to public schools, as does the
main body of Dignity, set out in Education Law Article 2.

JUSTIFICATION:
The primary content of chanter 102 of the laws of 2012, known as the
Dignity for All Students Act ("Dignity"), is set out in Article 2 of
the Education Law, entitled "Dignity for All Students." The Dignity
Act applies only to public schools. See, Education Law section 10,
section 11(1), and section 17(1) (explicitly exempting private,
religious and denominational institutions). Chapter 102 also made
changes to two other sections of the Education Law, one of which was
Education Law section 801-a. It was always the Legislature's intent
that the language added to section 801-a by Dignity would apply to
the same schools as Article 2, i.e., to public schools and not to
private and religious schools. Language making that intent explicit
was inadvertently omitted from the bill text. This technical chapter
amendment corrects the inadvertent omission.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12: S.5834/A.8310 - Passed assembly/ Died in Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the same date and in the same manner as
Chapter 102 of the Laws of 2012, takes effect.

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

                                   894

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- 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  making  certain
  provisions  applicable  to  public  schools relating to instruction in
  civility, citizenship and character education

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

  Section  1.  Section 801-a of the education law, as amended by chapter
102 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows:
  S 801-a. Instruction in civility, citizenship and character education.
The regents shall ensure  that  the  course  of  instruction  in  grades
kindergarten  through  twelve includes a component on civility, citizen-
ship and character education. Such component shall instruct students  on
the  principles  of honesty, tolerance, personal responsibility, respect
for others, with an emphasis on discouraging acts of harassment,  bully-
ing, discrimination, observance of laws and rules, courtesy, dignity and
other traits which will enhance the quality of their experiences in, and
contributions  to,  the community. Such component shall include instruc-
tion of safe, responsible use of the internet  and  electronic  communi-
cations.  The  regents shall determine how to incorporate such component
in existing curricula and the commissioner shall  promulgate  any  regu-
lations  needed  to carry out such determination of the regents. For the
purposes of this section FOR COURSES OF INSTRUCTION IN  PUBLIC  SCHOOLS,
"tolerance,"  "respect for others" and "dignity" shall include awareness
and sensitivity to harassment, bullying, discrimination and civility  in
the  relations  of people of different races, weights, national origins,
ethnic groups, religions, religious practices, mental or physical abili-
ties, sexual orientations, genders, and sexes.
  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.
                                                           LBD01663-02-3

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