assembly Bill A9660

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to incorporating arts and music education into the public school curriculum

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Feb 04, 2020 referred to education


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A9660 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3204, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
A1788, S4525

A9660 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Adds arts and music education as a common school branch that should be incorporated into the public school curriculum to provide a more well-rounded education for children.

A9660 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 4, 2020

Introduced  by M. of A. JEAN-PIERRE, RA -- read once and referred to the
  Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to adding arts and  music
  education into the curriculum for public school students


  Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds that  arts
and  music education exposure has developmental benefits to children and
adolescents, and is an essential component to providing  a  well-rounded
education to all of the state of New York's public school students. Past
studies have shown that arts and music education has a significant posi-
tive   impact  on  all  students,  including  traditionally  underserved
students. It is the legislature's intent to ensure that arts  and  music
education shall be incorporated into the public school curriculum.
  §  2. Subparagraphs 1 and 2 of paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section
3204 of the education law, subparagraph 1 as amended by  chapter  14  of
the  laws  of  1958  and subparagraph 2 as amended by chapter 124 of the
laws of 1951, are amended to read as follows:
  (1) The course of study for the first eight years of full time  public
day schools shall provide for instruction in at least the [twelve] THIR-
TEEN  common  school branches of arithmetic, reading, spelling, writing,
the English language, geography, United States history, civics, hygiene,
ARTS AND MUSIC, physical training, the history of  New  York  state  and
  (2)  The courses of study and of specialized training beyond the first
eight years of full time public day schools shall provide  for  instruc-
tion  in  at least the English language and its use, in civics, hygiene,
physical training, ARTS AND MUSIC, and American  history  including  the
principles  of  government proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence
and established by the constitution of the United States.
  § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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