senate Bill S944

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires all school districts to have a licensed physical education teacher

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S944 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10034
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง803, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S7296, A10093

S944 - Bill Texts

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Requires all school districts to have a licensed physical education teacher.

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BILL NUMBER:S944

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to requiring all school districts
to have a certified physical education teacher

PURPOSE:
To require that all school districts
regularly employing
twenty or more teachers shall employ, within every school, a
certified physical education teacher.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Subdivision 2 of section 803 of the education
law is amended:

-adds "within every school" so that every school in all school
districts within the board of education's jurisdiction shall employ
qualified and duly licensed teachers under the regulations of the
board to give physical education instruction.

-adds "physical education" to specify the course being taught.

JUSTIFICATION:
Only certified physical education teachers should be
given the responsibility of teaching the skills and providing the
motivation our young people need to adopt and maintain a physically
active lifestyle. New York State allows classroom teachers, without
any required training in physical education, to teach some physical
education courses. Studies have found that, compared with classroom
teachers, physical education specialists teach longer and higher
quality classes in which students spend more time being physically
active. Qualified and appropriately trained physical education
teachers are the most essential ingredient of a quality physical
education program.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                   944

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  RIVERA -- 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 requiring  all  school
  districts to have a certified physical education teacher

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section  803  of  the  education  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  118  of  the  laws  of 1957, is amended to read as
follows:
  2. The board of education or trustees of every school  district  regu-
larly  employing  twenty  or  more  teachers  shall employ, WITHIN EVERY
SCHOOL, a teacher or teachers qualified  and  duly  licensed  under  the
regulations  of  the  regents to give [such] PHYSICAL EDUCATION instruc-
tion[; in every other district of the state,  they  shall  require  such
instruction to be given by the teacher or teachers regularly employed to
give instruction in other subjects or by a teacher or teachers qualified
and duly licensed under the regulations of the regents].
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01327-01-3

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