Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 05, 2022||
referred to education
|Feb 11, 2021||
referred to education
Senate Bill S4781
2021-2022 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2021-S4781 (ACTIVE) - Details
2021-S4781 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S4781 SPONSOR: MAY TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring the commis- sioner of education to make recommendations to the board of regents relating to adjusting curricula for certain classes to include climate change education PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of the bill is to ensure that New York's high school students learn about the social, cultural, and political impacts of climate change, including citizen activism, environmental justice, and climate denialism. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill amends section 305 of the Education Law by adding a new subdi- vision 59 requiring the Commissioner of Education to make recommenda-
2021-S4781 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 4781 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E February 11, 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 requiring the commis- sioner of education to make recommendations to the board of regents relating to adjusting curricula for certain classes to include climate change education THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 59 to read as follows: 59. A. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD OF REGENTS RELATING TO ADJUSTING CURRICULA FOR SOCIAL STUDIES, ECONOMICS, GEOGRAPHY, AND GOVERNMENT CLASSES IN NEW YORK SCHOOLS TO INCLUDE REQUIREMENTS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION. B. SUCH INSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, INSTRUCTION ON: (I) THE SOCIAL, CULTURAL, AND POLITICAL IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE; (II) THE GLOBAL EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE; (III) GLOBAL EFFORTS TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE, INCLUDING CITIZEN-LED ACTIVISM FROM AROUND THE WORLD; (IV) THE DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON PARTICULAR COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND NEW YORK'S NATIVE AMERI- CAN COMMUNITIES; (V) CLIMATE DENIALISM; AND (VI) ANY OTHER INSTRUCTION OR METHODS OF INSTRUCTION RELATING TO CLIMATE CHANGE THE COMMISSIONER DEEMS NECESSARY. C. PRIOR TO MAKING THE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD OF REGENTS, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL SEEK INPUT FROM LEADERS IN DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES, NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES, YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS, AND THE CLIMATE JUSTICE WORKING GROUP ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION 75-0111 OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION LAW. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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