assembly Bill A5387

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Enacts the "New York student religious liberties act of 2019"

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to governmental operations
Feb 11, 2019 referred to governmental operations

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A5387 (ACTIVE) - Details

Law Section:
Civil Rights Law
Laws Affected:
Add §79-o, Civ Rts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A7551
2015-2016: A4051
2017-2018: A5353

A5387 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "New York student religious liberties act" providing for voluntary student expression of religious viewpoints in public schools, allowing religious expression in class assignments and allowing students the freedom to organize religious groups and activities, and requiring public school districts to provide a limited public forum for student speakers at non-graduation and graduation events.

A5387 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  5387

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 11, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. DiPIETRO -- read once and referred to the Commit-
  tee on Governmental Operations

AN  ACT  to amend the civil rights law, in relation to enacting the "New
  York student religious liberties act of 2019" providing for  voluntary
  student expression of religious viewpoints in public schools, allowing
  religious  expression  in  class assignments and allowing students the
  freedom to organize religious groups  and  activities,  and  requiring
  public  school districts to provide a limited public forum for student
  speakers at non-graduation and graduation events

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

  Section  1.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the "New York
Student Religious Liberties Act of 2019."
  § 2. The civil rights law is amended by adding a new section  79-o  to
read as follows:
  §  79-O.  RELIGIOUS  LIBERTIES. 1. STUDENT EXPRESSION. A PUBLIC SCHOOL
DISTRICT SHALL NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST STUDENTS OR PARENTS ON THE BASIS
OF A RELIGIOUS VIEWPOINT OR  RELIGIOUS  EXPRESSION.  A  SCHOOL  DISTRICT
SHALL  TREAT  A STUDENT'S VOLUNTARY EXPRESSION OF A RELIGIOUS VIEWPOINT,
IF ANY, ON AN OTHERWISE PERMISSIBLE  SUBJECT  IN  THE  SAME  MANNER  THE
DISTRICT  TREATS  A STUDENT'S VOLUNTARY EXPRESSION OF A SECULAR OR OTHER
VIEWPOINT ON AN OTHERWISE PERMISSIBLE SUBJECT AND MAY  NOT  DISCRIMINATE
AGAINST  THE  STUDENT  BASED  ON  A RELIGIOUS VIEWPOINT EXPRESSED BY THE
STUDENT ON AN OTHERWISE PERMISSIBLE SUBJECT.
  2. RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION IN CLASS  ASSIGNMENTS.  STUDENTS  MAY  EXPRESS
THEIR BELIEFS ABOUT RELIGION IN HOMEWORK, ARTWORK, AND OTHER WRITTEN AND
ORAL ASSIGNMENTS FREE FROM DISCRIMINATION BASED ON THE RELIGIOUS CONTENT
OF THEIR SUBMISSIONS.  HOMEWORK AND CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENTS MUST BE JUDGED
BY  ORDINARY  ACADEMIC  STANDARDS OF SUBSTANCE AND RELEVANCE AND AGAINST
OTHER LEGITIMATE PEDAGOGICAL CONCERNS IDENTIFIED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.
STUDENTS MAY NOT BE PENALIZED OR REWARDED ON ACCOUNT  OF  THE  RELIGIOUS

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