A02484 Summary:

BILL NO    A02484 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Kavanagh (MS)

COSPNSR    Colton, Lupardo, Millman, Perry, Rivera, Titone, Thiele

MLTSPNSR   Clark, Finch, Markey, McKevitt

Amd SS809 & 3004, Ed L

Relates to classroom instruction in the humane treatment of animals and the
requirement of training in the humane treatment of animals for the
certification or licensing of classroom teachers, teaching assistants, pupil
personnel service professionals, school administrators or supervisors or
superintendents of schools.
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A02484 Actions:

BILL NO    A02484 

01/15/2013 referred to education
01/08/2014 referred to education
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A02484 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A02484 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A2484

TITLE  OF  BILL:    An  act to amend the education law, in relation to
classroom instruction in the  humane  treatment  of  animals  and  the
requirement  of  training  in  the humane treatment of animals for the
certification or licensing of classroom teachers, teaching assistants,
pupil  personnel  service  professionals,  school  administrators   or
supervisors or superintendents of schools

PURPOSE:  The primary purpose of this bill is to strengthen compliance
with the humane education mandate in Section 809 of the NYS  Education
Law,  to  allow  the  commissioner  to  provide grants to teachers for
expenses incurred in complying  with  the  mandate,  and  to  increase
teacher training in humane education instruction.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section  1  of  the  bill  amends  subdivision 1 of section 809 of the
education law, as amended by chapter 542  of  the  laws  of  1994,  by
requiring the Education Department Commissioner to notify every school
district of the humane education mandate.

Section  2  of  the  bill  amends  subdivision 6 of section 809 of the
education law, by adding a  new  subdivision  6  and  renumbering  the
current  subdivision  6  as  subdivision  7.  The  new  subdivision  6
authorizes the Commissioner to  appropriate  grants  to  teachers  for
training,  workshops,  videos,  and  other  resources  used for humane
education instruction.

Section 3 of the bill amends section 3004  of  the  education  law  by
adding  a new subdivision 3-a which requires that all persons applying
for a teaching certificate or license complete  two  hours  of  course
work  or  training in humane education instruction. The course work or
training  can  be  provided  by   educational   institutions,   school
districts,   boards   of   cooperative  educational  services,  humane
education organizations or animal welfare organizations.

Section 4 of the bill establishes the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

There is a growing movement  among  educators  and  administrators  to
include character and humane education in their school curriculum as a
way to teach students tolerance, compassion and responsibility, and to
help  them  develop critical thinking and decision-making skills. As a
result, New York State created  a  mandate  in  which  publicly-funded
elementary  schools  provide  instruction  on the humane treatment and
protection of animals. However,  many  schools  fail  to  follow  this
requirement,  even  though  noncompliance technically prohibits school
districts from receiving any public  school  money.  This  legislation
addresses  the  matter  in  two ways; by requiring the State to notify
school districts of the mandate, and by providing for teacher training
on  the  humane  treatment  of  animals.  Similar   humane   education
legislation  has  already  been  passed in Illinois, New Jersey, North
Dakota, Oregon and Pennsylvania.


The legislation calls for a memorandum issued  by  the  NYS  Education
Department  to  all  school  districts  in  New  York  State notifying
administrators of the statute and directs  school  districts  to  have
their teachers act in accordance with this requirement.

Moreover, the legislation provides for the training and instruction in
the  humane  treatment  of  animals.  The  instruction  for  teachers,
teaching assistants, administrators and other education  professionals
will  produce  higher  student  understanding  of human rights, animal
welfare, environmental protection, and other societal issues. Overall,
instruction in the humane treatment of animals significantly  benefits
students.  A  recent  study  by  Humane  Education  Advocates Reaching
Teachers (HEART) showed a positive correlation between their  in-class
instructional  program  on  humane  and  character  education  and the
increase in student knowledge of issues such as the condition of child
factory workers, the needs of wild animals and the greenhouse  effect.
Students  also  demonstrated  an increased concern for animals and the
environment as well as an increased interest in  joining  a  group  to
help animals or the environment.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:  2012: A05962 (Kavanagh) - Education 2011: A05962
(Kavanagh)  -  Education  2010:  A00427  (Kavanagh)  - Education 2009:
A00427 (Kavanagh) - Education 2008: A10344 (Kavanagh) - Education

FISCAL IMPACT ON THE STATE: Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A02484 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         2484

                              2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                   January 15, 2013
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  KAVANAGH,  COLTON,  LUPARDO, MILLMAN, PERRY,
         RIVERA, TITONE, THIELE -- Multi-Sponsored by  --  M.  of  A.  BOYLAND,
         CLARK,  FINCH,  MARKEY,  McKEVITT  --  read  once  and referred to the
         Committee on Education

       AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to classroom  instruction
         in  the humane treatment of animals and the requirement of training in
         the humane treatment of animals for the certification or licensing  of
         classroom  teachers,  teaching  assistants,  pupil  personnel  service
         professionals, school administrators or supervisors or superintendents
         of schools

         THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section  1.  Subdivision  1  of  section  809 of the education law, as
    2  amended by chapter 542 of the laws  of  1994,  is  amended  to  read  as
    3  follows:
    4    1.  The  officer,  board  or  commission  authorized  or  required  to
    5  prescribe courses of instruction shall cause instruction to be given  in
    6  every elementary school under state control or supported wholly or part-
    7  ly  by public money of the state, in the humane treatment and protection
    8  of animals and the importance of the part they play in  the  economy  of
    9  nature  as  well  as  the  necessity of controlling the proliferation of
   10  animals which are subsequently abandoned and caused  to  suffer  extreme
   11  cruelty.  Such  instruction shall be for such period of time during each
   12  school year as the board of regents may prescribe and may be joined with
   13  work in literature, reading, language, nature study or  ethnology.  Such
   14  weekly instruction may be divided into two or more periods.  THE COMMIS-
   15  SIONER  SHALL NOTIFY EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE REQUIREMENT TO PROVIDE
   16  SUCH INSTRUCTION AND SHALL DIRECT EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT TO ACT IN ACCORD-
   17  ANCE WITH THIS REQUIREMENT. A school district shall not be  entitled  to
   18  participate  in  the public school money on account of any school or the

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD03056-01-3
       A. 2484                             2

    1  attendance at any school subject to the provisions of this  section,  if
    2  the instruction required hereby is not given therein.
    3    S  2.  Subdivision 6 of section 809 of the education law is renumbered
    4  subdivision 7 and a new subdivision 6 is added to read as follows:
    5    6. TO THE EXTENT MONEYS ARE APPROPRIATED  THEREFOR,  THE  COMMISSIONER
    6  SHALL PROVIDE GRANTS TO TEACHERS FOR ANY EXPENSES INCURRED FOR TRAINING,
    7  WORKSHOPS,  TRAINING  VIDEOS, WEBCASTS AND ANY OTHER RESOURCES WHICH ARE
    8  USED FOR THE PURPOSES OF COMPLYING WITH THIS SECTION.
    9    S 3. Section 3004 of the education law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
   10  subdivision 3-a to read as follows:
   11    3-A.  THE  COMMISSIONER SHALL PRESCRIBE REGULATIONS REQUIRING THAT ALL
   12  PERSONS APPLYING ON OR AFTER THE ONE HUNDRED EIGHTIETH  DAY  AFTER  THIS
   13  SUBDIVISION  TAKES EFFECT FOR A TEACHING CERTIFICATE OR LICENSE, INCLUD-
   14  ING BUT NOT LIMITED TO A CERTIFICATE OR LICENSE VALID FOR SERVICE  AS  A
   15  CLASSROOM  TEACHER,  TEACHING ASSISTANT, PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICE PROFES-
   16  SIONAL, SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR OR SUPERVISOR OR SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS,
   17  SHALL, IN ADDITION TO ALL THE OTHER CERTIFICATION OR LICENSING  REQUIRE-
   18  MENTS,  HAVE  COMPLETED TWO HOURS OF COURSE WORK OR TRAINING IN INSTRUC-
   19  TION IN THE HUMANE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS AND THE  PREVENTION  AND  INTER-
   20  VENTION OF ANIMAL CRUELTY. THE COURSE WORK OR TRAINING SHALL BE OBTAINED
   21  FROM  AN  INSTITUTION OR PROVIDER WHICH HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE DEPART-
   22  MENT TO PROVIDE SUCH COURSE WORK OR TRAINING. SUCH COURSE WORK OR TRAIN-
   23  ING MAY BE  PROVIDED  BY  EDUCATIONAL  INSTITUTIONS,  SCHOOL  DISTRICTS,
   24  BOARDS  OF  COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, HUMANE EDUCATION ORGANIZA-
   25  TIONS OR ANIMAL  WELFARE  ORGANIZATIONS.  SUCH  REGULATIONS  SHALL  ALSO
   26  REQUIRE  THAT  SCHOOL  DISTRICTS  AND  BOARDS OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL
   27  SERVICES INCLUDE TRAINING FOR TEACHERS AND OTHER CERTIFIED  OR  LICENSED
   28  EMPLOYEES  IN  THE  HUMANE  TREATMENT  OF ANIMALS AND THE PREVENTION AND
   29  INTERVENTION OF ANIMAL CRUELTY, IN THEIR REQUIRED PROFESSIONAL  DEVELOP-
   30  MENT PLANS.
   31    S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
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