BILL NO A08558
SAME AS No same as
Amd S802, Ed L
Authorizes the observance of September 11th Remembrance Day in public schools
and a brief period of silence in public school classrooms at the opening of
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law in relation to
providing for the observance of September 11th Remembrance Day and
providing for the observance of a brief period of silence in public
school classrooms at the opening of such day
This legislation would mandate a brief moment of silent reflection and
in public schools state-wide at the start of the school day on every
September 11th to encourage dialogue and education in the classroom,
and ensure that future generations have an understanding of the
September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks and their place in the history
of our state and the nation. 00
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The act amends subdivision 2(a) of section 802 of the education law to
direct the State Education Commissioner to make special provision for
the observance of September 11th Remembrance Day in Public Schools.
The act further amends section 802 of the education law by introducing
subdivision 2(b), which mandates that public school classroom teachers
observe a brief period of silence with the participation of all pupils
assembled at the opening of the school day on the 11th of September,
known as the September 11th Remembrance Day.
The act further stipulates that said period shall not be conducted as
a religious exercise, but shall be an opportunity for silent prayer or
for silent reflection on the anticipated activities of the day.
The terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 were a defining moment
in the history of New York State and of the country. The tremendous
loss caused by this unspeakable act was most acutely felt by the many
citizens of our great state, many of who suffered great personal loss
in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and in the
fields of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. As the average school-age citizen
of our state may have no personal recollection of these events, having
not yet been born in 2001, it is imperative that our public education
system take the time to educate students in both the loss and heroism
experienced on September 11th. By mandating a brief moment of silent
reflection every year on the September 11th Remembrance Day, we may
ensure that future generations will better understand this day and its
place in our history.
This act shall take effect immediately.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
October 30, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. GOLDFEDER -- read once and referred to the
Committee on Education
AN ACT to amend the education law in relation to providing for the
observance of September 11th Remembrance Day and providing for the
observance of a brief period of silence in public school classrooms at
the opening of such day
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 802 of the education law is
2 amended to read as follows:
3 2. A. It shall also be his duty to make special provision for the
4 observance in the public schools of Lincoln's birthday, Washington's
5 birthday, Memorial day and Flag day, and such other legal holidays of
6 like character as may be hereafter designated by law when the legisla-
7 ture makes an appropriation therefor.
8 IT SHALL ALSO BE HIS DUTY TO MAKE SPECIAL PROVISION FOR THE OBSERVANCE
9 IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF SEPTEMBER 11TH REMEMBRANCE DAY.
10 B. IN EACH PUBLIC SCHOOL CLASSROOM THE TEACHER IN CHARGE SHALL OBSERVE
11 A BRIEF PERIOD OF SILENCE WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF ALL THE PUPILS THER-
12 EIN ASSEMBLED AT THE OPENING OF THE ELEVENTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, KNOWN AS
13 SEPTEMBER 11TH REMEMBRANCE DAY. THIS PERIOD SHALL NOT BE CONDUCTED AS A
14 RELIGIOUS EXERCISE BUT SHALL BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SILENT PRAYER OR FOR
15 SILENT REFLECTION ON THE ANTICIPATED ACTIVITIES OF THE DAY.
16 S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.