assembly Bill A2234

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Requires the public school curriculum for children in kindergarten through grade twelve to include a minimum of two hours per week instruction in civics lessons

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to education
Jan 22, 2019 referred to education

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A2234 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S1104
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §801-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A4653
2011-2012: A2532
2013-2014: A5328
2015-2016: A73
2017-2018: A1155, S5933
2021-2022: A469, S833

A2234 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires the public school curriculum for children in kindergarten through grade twelve to include a minimum of two hours per week instruction in civics lessons.

A2234 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  2234

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 22, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by M. of A. ROZIC -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring  the  public
  school curriculum for children in kindergarten through grade twelve to
  include a minimum of two hours per week instruction in civics lessons

  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:
  § 801-a. Instruction in civility, citizenship and character education.
1.  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, RACIAL AND GLOBAL  HARMONY,  MEDIA
LITERACY,  personal  responsibility,  MORALS  AND  ETHICS,  respect  for
others, with an emphasis on discouraging acts of  harassment,  bullying,
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. THE  INSTRUCTION  SHALL  EMPHASIZE  THE
PRACTICAL  APPLICATION  OF SUCH LESSONS AND THE SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM
IMPACT ON THE STUDENT'S LIFE AND ON THE LIVES OF OTHERS OF  IMPLEMENTING
THE LESSONS.
  2.  THE  BOARDS  OF  EDUCATION  AND  TRUSTEES OF THE CITIES AND SCHOOL
DISTRICTS OF THE STATE SHALL REQUIRE INSTRUCTION TO  BE  GIVEN  IN  SUCH
MATTERS  FOR  A  MINIMUM  PERIOD  OF TWO HOURS PER WEEK, BY THE TEACHERS
EMPLOYED IN THE SCHOOLS THEREIN, COMMENCING WITH THE TWO THOUSAND  NINE-
TEEN--TWO  THOUSAND  TWENTY SCHOOL YEAR. ALL PUPILS OVER THE AGE OF FIVE
YEARS WHO ATTEND PUBLIC SCHOOLS SHALL RECEIVE SUCH INSTRUCTION.
  3. Such component shall include instruction of safe,  responsible  use
of  the internet and electronic communications. The regents shall deter-
mine how to incorporate such component in  existing  curricula  and  the

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