senate Bill S4525

2021-2022 Legislative Session

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

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


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S4525 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3204, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2019-2020: S5770, A9660
2023-2024: S285, A1502

S4525 (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.

S4525 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4525 (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 5, 2021
 Introduced  by  Sen.  MAY  --  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 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.


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