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A05371 Summary:

BILL NOA05371
 
SAME ASSAME AS S04342
 
SPONSORThiele
 
COSPNSRMcDonough, Finch, Bichotte, Jaffee, Raia, Murray, Montesano, Giglio, Brabenec, Kearns, Lupinacci, Castorina, Ra, Crouch, Hunter, Fahy, Walsh
 
MLTSPNSRButler, Cook, Englebright, Lopez, McLaughlin, Palmesano
 
Amd 1125, 1128-a & 1133, Ed L
 
Requires school administrators in private schools to report allegations of child abuse in an educational setting; includes private schools in the reporting requirements relating to child abuse in an educational setting.
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A05371 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A5371
 
SPONSOR: Thiele (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring school administrators in private schools to report allegations of child abuse in an educational setting   PURPOSE: To require school administrators in private schools to report allega- tions of child abuse in an educational setting.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Article 23-B requires, among other things, public school principals to forward reports of child abuse committed by school employees or volun- teers to "appropriate law enforcement authorities". It also forbids public school authorities' agreeing to withhold from law enforcement the fact that an allegation of child abuse has been made against a school employee or volunteer in exchange for the accused person's resignation or voluntary suspension. This legislation would include private schools in the aforementioned Article 23-B.   JUSTIFICATION: The absence of private schools from the requirements of Article 23-B is a serious gap in the legislative scheme of protection for the hundreds of thousands of children who attend these schools in New York State. Accounts of students being sexually abused by faculty in private school settings are all too common. Often, the administration's response was to protect the institutional reputation of the school at the expense of the ongoing safety of its students. In many instances, the faculty respon- sible for the abuse was neither terminated nor disciplined, and was permitted to remain on staff with the result that additional students were victimized. This legislation would require the private school administrators to report this alleged abuse, thereby, protecting their students.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2016: A.10508   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.
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