assembly Bill A8545

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Requires instruction regarding symbols of hate to be incorporated into the curricula for grades six through twelve

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to education
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A8545 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S6648
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §801-b, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
S2727

A8545 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires instruction regarding symbols of hate, including the swastika and the noose, to be incorporated into the curricula for grades six through twelve.

A8545 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  8545

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             August 23, 2019
                               ___________

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

AN  ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring instruction
  regarding symbols of hate

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

  Section  1.  Legislative  findings.  The  legislature hereby finds the
recent spike in hate crimes across our state and nation as a whole to be
highly disturbing and a societal epidemic in need of remedy. As many  of
our youth are not aware of the hateful connotations behind swastikas and
nooses, it is necessary for the legislature to mandate compulsory educa-
tion  in all schools across our great state in regard to the meanings of
these two symbols of hate. Requiring students be educated in the signif-
icance of these displays of bigotry will go a long way toward  fostering
a more inclusive and tolerant society for all.
  §  2.  The  education  law is amended by adding a new section 801-b to
read as follows:
  § 801-B. INSTRUCTION REGARDING SYMBOLS  OF  HATE.  THE  REGENTS  SHALL
ENSURE  THAT  THE  COURSE  OF  INSTRUCTION FOR GRADES SIX THROUGH TWELVE
INCLUDES A COMPONENT ON THE MEANING OF THE SWASTIKA  AS  THE  EMBLEM  OF
NAZI  GERMANY,  AS  WELL  AS  THE NOOSE AS A SYMBOL OF RACISM AND INTIM-
IDATION. THE REGENTS SHALL DETERMINE HOW TO INCORPORATE SUCH  COMPONENTS
INTO EXISTING CURRICULA, AND THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE ANY REGU-
LATIONS NEEDED TO CARRY OUT SUCH DETERMINATION OF THE REGENTS.
  §  3.  This  act  shall  take  effect  on  the first of September next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13613-01-9