senate Bill S5443

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to establishing the Beacon School Pilot Program in New York city schools

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2014 referred to education
May 16, 2013 referred to education

S5443 (ACTIVE) - Details

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Senate Education
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Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: S1884
2017-2018: S3472
2019-2020: S4779

S5443 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to establishing the Beacon School Pilot Program in New York city schools.

S5443 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5443 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT in relation to establishing the Beacon School  Pilot  Program  in
  New York city schools


  Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
the "New York City Beacon School Act".
  S 2. Legislative findings. Gun violence and gang activity has become a
severe  issue in the United States as a whole, specifically in New York,
Los Angeles, Detroit, and Chicago.  In  most  cases,  youth  join  gangs
because  they  feel  they  need  protection,  they  want to be accepted,
respected or all of the above. Through various youth development  initi-
atives  and  programs  we can create an environment that will meet these
needs for young people in urban communities and thus reduce gang and gun
violence. Beacon offers New York city youth with a place to grow through
challenging activities, caring relationships, and  opportunities.    The
youth  development  quality  of the Beacon environment results in higher
self-esteem among youth, increased leadership skills, and higher  expec-
tations  by staff and youth for behavior and performance. Beacon reduces
the likelihood of students to cut classes, bullying,  and  other  crimes
against persons or property. Beacon also provides important services and
activities  for  neighborhood adults including sports, physical fitness,
basic  education,  English-language  instruction,  GED  preparation  and
computer  instruction.  Beacon creates cohesion between youths, parents,
community organizations and businesses, engaging  the  community  in  an
effort to reduce gang and gun violence.
  S 3. Purpose. The purpose of this act is to provide all public elemen-
tary and secondary schools located in New York city the structure, flex-
ibility  and  support necessary to operate under the Beacon school model

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


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