senate Bill S6648

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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Aug 09, 2019 referred to rules

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S6648 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §801-b, Ed L

S6648 (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.

S6648 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6648 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  6648

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             August 9, 2019
                               ___________

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

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

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