senate Bill S654

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Requires climate change education in public schools

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee


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Jan 06, 2021 referred to education

S654 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §817, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S7676

S654 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires climate change instruction within the current established science curriculum; requires such instruction be taught in grades one through twelve.

S654 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S654 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                    654
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                                (PREFILED)
 
                              January 6, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen. 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  requiring  climate
   change education in public schools

   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 817 to
 read as follows:
   § 817. CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION. 1. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CREATE  AND
 REQUIRE  CLIMATE  CHANGE  INSTRUCTION  WITHIN  THE  CURRENT  ESTABLISHED
 SCIENCE CURRICULUM. SUCH INSTRUCTION  SHALL  BE  TAUGHT  IN  GRADES  ONE
 THROUGH TWELVE IN ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
   2. SCHOOLS SHALL BEGIN TEACHING SUCH CLIMATE CHANGE INSTRUCTION IN THE
 FIRST  SCHOOL YEAR FOLLOWING CERTIFICATION BY THE COMMISSIONER THAT SUCH
 INSTRUCTION HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED.
   3. SCHOOL AUTHORITIES SHALL PROVIDE THE NEEDED  FACILITIES,  TIME  AND
 PLACE  FOR  THE  INSTRUCTION SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION AND SHALL PROVIDE
 LEARNING AIDS AND CURRICULUM  RESOURCE  MATERIALS  WHICH  CONTRIBUTE  TO
 EFFECTIVE  TEACHING  METHODS AND LEARNING IN EDUCATION REGARDING CLIMATE
 CHANGE.
   § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July  next  succeeding
 the date on which it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the
 addition,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation necessary
 for the implementation of this act on its effective date are  authorized
 to be made and completed on or before such effective date.
 
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD06150-01-1

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