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A10129 Summary:

BILL NOA10129
 
SAME ASSAME AS S08068
 
SPONSORArroyo
 
COSPNSRNiou, McDonald, Weprin, Colton, Sepulveda, Lavine, Montesano, Miller MG, Bichotte, Jenne, De La Rosa, Davila, Titus, Benedetto, Crespo, Simon, Barron, Solages, Steck, Ortiz, Jaffee, Englebright, Dickens, Fahy, Dinowitz, Williams, Taylor, Peoples-Stokes, Rivera, Cook, Richardson, Rosenthal L, Lentol, Hooper, Pheffer Amato, Blake, Joyner, Pichardo, Malliotakis, Ramos, Vanel, Galef, Harris, Mosley, Dilan, Cusick, Walker, Gottfried, D'Urso, Errigo
 
MLTSPNSRAbbate, Giglio, Rodriguez
 
Amd 305, Ed L
 
Relates to establishing an educational program related to the prevention of sexual harassment in schools by contracting with an outside entity who has expertise in sexual harassment training in schools.
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A10129 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A10129             REVISED MEMO 03/26/2018
 
SPONSOR: Arroyo
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to establishing an educational program related to the prevention of sexual harassment in schools   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this legislation is to establish and develop an educa- tional program within the NY State Education Department related to the prevention of sexual harassment in grades kindergarten through twelve. Such program shall be further defined by the commissioner in regulation and shall be designed to educate students, parents and school personnel about the prevention of sexual harassment in schools. The State Education Commissioner, in collaboration with any other stake- holder groups deemed appropriate by such commissioner, shall develop age-appropriate model curriculum resources, including exemplar lesson plans, and best practice instructional resources for students, parents and school personnel designed to prevent sexual harassment in schools. Such model curriculum, resources, lesson plans and instructional resources shall include but not be limited to guidelines and methods of prevention, indicators and warning signs of sexual harassment, guide- lines and methods to prevent sexual harassment and how to report and handle complaints of sexual harassment in schools.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 57 to read as follows: 57. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, and subject to an appropriation, the department of education shall contract with an outside entity who has expertise in sexual harassment training in schools to establish a sexual harassment prevention and education program overseen by such department. The commissioner of education shall work with such outside entity, to establish and develop an educational program within such department related to the prevention of sexual harassment in grades kindergarten through twelve. Such program shall be further defined by such commissioner in regulation and shall be designed to educate students, parents and school personnel about the prevention of sexual harassment in schools. Such commissioner, in collaboration with any other stakeholder groups deemed appropriate by such commission- er, shall develop: a. age-appropriate model curriculum resources, including exemplar lesson plans, and best practice instructional resources for students, parents and school personnel designed to prevent sexual harassment in schools. Such model curriculum, resources, lesson plans and instructional resources shall include but not be limited to guidelines and methods of prevention, indicators and warning signs of sexual harassment, guide- lines and methods to prevent sexual harassment and how to report complaints of sexual harassment in schools b. instructional tools and materials for students, parents and school personnel, which shall include updated data and information on complaints of sexual harassment in schools, with a review of such data and information to occur periodically, at intervals deemed appropriate by such commissioner c. public availability of all materials related to the sexual harassment education program on such department's website   JUSTIFICATION: The justification for this bill is to establish a focused sexual harass- ment prevention education program, one of which does not currently exist in a comprehensive and focused way; considering that sexual harassment is treated as a subtopic in existing sex education curriculum. Sexual harassment is a complex topic, which is incredibly sensitive, nuanced, and dynamic. Such a topic requires a careful and focused educational approach. This type of education is designed to make a very clear under- standing, in an age-appropriate way, of which behaviors are appropriate and which behaviors are not appropriate. Providing such education is not only necessary, but it is a vital way to maintain decency and heal- thy relationships in our schools. If children do not formally learn what sexual harassment is, they are more likely to engage in such offensive behaviors. It is appropriate and necessary for this type of education to occur to prevent sexual harassing behaviors, which can lead to sexual assault. The State Education Commissioner, in collaboration with any other stake- holder groups deemed appropriate by such commissioner, shall develop age-appropriate model curriculum resources, including exemplar lesson plans, and best practice instructional resources for students, parents and school personnel designed to prevent sexual harassment in schools. Such model curriculum, resources, lesson plans and instructional resources shall include but not be limited to guidelines and methods of prevention, indicators and warning signs of sexual harassment, guide- lines and methods to prevent sexual harassment and how to report and handle complaints of sexual harassment in schools. In collaboration with the State Education Department, NYS 2018-2019 Budget appropriation language has been drafted to read as follows: Budget Appropriation Language General Fund State Purposes Account - 10050 For services and expenses for the development of resources and training related to sexual harassment and healthy relationships in schools......300,000   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: TBD   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on July 1 after the date on which it becomes law.
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A10129 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          10129
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     March 16, 2018
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. ARROYO -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Education
 
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing an educa-
          tional  program  related  to  the  prevention  of sexual harassment in
          schools
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new
     2  subdivision 57 to read as follows:
     3    57.  Notwithstanding  any  other provision of law to the contrary, and
     4  subject to an appropriation,  the  department  shall  contract  with  an
     5  outside  entity  who  has  expertise  in  sexual  harassment training in
     6  schools to  establish  a  sexual  harassment  prevention  and  education
     7  program  overseen  by  such department. The commissioner shall work with
     8  such outside entity, to establish and  develop  an  educational  program
     9  within such department related to the prevention of sexual harassment in
    10  grades  kindergarten  through  twelve.  Such  program  shall  be further
    11  defined by such commissioner in regulation  and  shall  be  designed  to
    12  educate  students,  parents and school personnel about the prevention of
    13  sexual harassment in schools. Such commissioner, in  collaboration  with
    14  any  other  stakeholder  groups deemed appropriate by such commissioner,
    15  shall develop:
    16    a. age-appropriate  model  curriculum  resources,  including  exemplar
    17  lesson  plans,  and  best practice instructional resources for students,
    18  parents and school personnel designed to prevent  sexual  harassment  in
    19  schools.  Such  model  curriculum,  resources, lesson plans and instruc-
    20  tional resources shall include but not  be  limited  to  guidelines  and
    21  methods  of  prevention,  indicators and warning signs of sexual harass-
    22  ment, guidelines and methods to prevent sexual  harassment  and  how  to
    23  report complaints of sexual harassment in schools;
    24    b.  instructional tools and materials for students, parents and school
    25  personnel,  which  shall  include  updated  data  and   information   on
    26  complaints  of  sexual harassment in schools, with a review of such data
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD15110-01-8

        A. 10129                            2
 
     1  and information to occur periodically, at intervals  deemed  appropriate
     2  by such commissioner; and
     3    c.  public availability of all materials related to the sexual harass-
     4  ment education program on such department's website.
     5    § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July  next  succeeding
     6  the date on which it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the
     7  addition,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation necessary
     8  for the implementation of this act on its effective date are  authorized
     9  to be made and completed on or before such effective date.
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