senate Bill S4392

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to making certain provisions applicable to public schools relating to instruction in civility, citizenship and character education

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Jan 05, 2022 referred to education
Feb 04, 2021 referred to education


S4392 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §801-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S5834
2013-2014: S894, A8019
2015-2016: S1409, A1225
2017-2018: S3078, A3970
2019-2020: S4376, A2457
2023-2024: S5142

S4392 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Makes certain provisions applicable to public schools relating to instruction in civility, citizenship and character education.

S4392 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4392 (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 4, 2021
 Introduced  by  Sens.  PARKER, BAILEY, KENNEDY, PERSAUD, SANDERS -- 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 making certain
   provisions applicable to public schools  relating  to  instruction  in
   civility, citizenship and character education
   Section 1. Section 801-a of the education law, as amended  by  chapter
 102 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows:
   § 801-a. Instruction in civility, citizenship and character education.
 The  regents  shall  ensure  that  the  course  of instruction in grades
 kindergarten through twelve includes a component on  civility,  citizen-
 ship  and character education. Such component shall instruct students on
 the principles of honesty, tolerance, personal  responsibility,  respect
 for  others, with an emphasis on discouraging acts of harassment, bully-
 ing, discrimination, observance of laws and rules, courtesy, dignity and
 other traits which will enhance the quality of their experiences in, and
 contributions to, the community. Such component shall  include  instruc-
 tion  of  safe,  responsible use of the internet and electronic communi-
 cations. The regents shall determine how to incorporate  such  component
 in  existing  curricula  and the commissioner shall promulgate any regu-
 lations needed to carry out such determination of the regents.  For  the
 "tolerance," "respect for others" and "dignity" shall include  awareness
 and  sensitivity to harassment, bullying, discrimination and civility in
 the relations of people of different races, weights,  national  origins,
 ethnic groups, religions, religious practices, mental or physical abili-
 ties, sexual orientations, genders, and sexes.
   § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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


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