senate Bill S4287

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Requires a course of instruction on the provisions of the federalist papers and the United States constitution to be provided to high school students

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee

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    • Passed Assembly
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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 03, 2021 referred to education

S4287 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §801, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S7261
2013-2014: S2134
2015-2016: S4509
2017-2018: S4364
2019-2020: S378

S4287 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires a course of instruction on the provisions of the federalist papers and the United States constitution to be provided to high school students.

S4287 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4287 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                             February 3, 2021
 Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Education
 AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to courses of instruction
   on the constitution of the United States and the federalist papers
   Section  1.  Subdivisions 2 and 3 of section 801 of the education law,
 subdivision 2 as amended by chapter 481 of the laws of 1949 and subdivi-
 sion 3 as amended by section 27 of part A of chapter 56 of the  laws  of
 2020, are amended and a new subdivision 6 is added to read as follows:
   2.  The regents shall prescribe courses of instruction in the history,
 meaning, significance and effect of the provisions of  the  constitution
 of the United States, the amendments thereto, THE FEDERALIST PAPERS, the
 declaration  of  independence, the constitution of the state of New York
 and the amendments thereto, to be maintained and followed in all of  the
 schools  of  the  state.  The  boards  of  education and trustees of the
 several cities and school districts of the state shall require  instruc-
 tion  to  be  given  in  such  courses,  by the teachers employed in the
 schools therein. All pupils attending such schools, in  the  eighth  and
 higher grades, shall attend upon such instruction.
   Similar  courses  of instruction shall be prescribed and maintained in
 private schools in the state, and all pupils in such schools  in  grades
 or  classes  corresponding  to  the instruction in the eighth and higher
 grades of the public schools shall attend upon  such  courses.  If  such
 courses  are  not  so  established  and  maintained in a private school,
 attendance upon instruction in such school shall not be deemed  substan-
 tially  equivalent  to instruction given to pupils in the public schools
 of the city or district in which such pupils reside.
   3. The regents shall determine the subjects to  be  included  in  such
 courses  of  instruction in patriotism, citizenship, civic education and
 values, our shared history of diversity, the role of history of diversi-
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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