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S02134 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                         2134

                              2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                                   I N  S E N A T E

                                   January 11, 2013
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- 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 courses of instruction
         on the constitution of the United States and the federalist papers

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

    1    Section  1.  Subdivisions 2 and 3 of section 801 of the education law,
    2  subdivision 2 as amended by chapter 481 of the laws of 1949 and subdivi-
    3  sion 3 as amended by chapter 574 of the laws of 1997, are amended and  a
    4  new subdivision 6 is added to read as follows:
    5    2.  The regents shall prescribe courses of instruction in the history,
    6  meaning, significance and effect of the provisions of  the  constitution
    7  of the United States, the amendments thereto, THE FEDERALIST PAPERS, the
    8  declaration  of  independence, the constitution of the state of New York
    9  and the amendments thereto, to be maintained and followed in all of  the
   10  schools  of  the  state.  The  boards  of  education and trustees of the
   11  several cities and school districts of the state shall require  instruc-
   12  tion  to  be  given  in  such  courses,  by the teachers employed in the
   13  schools therein. All pupils attending such schools, in  the  eighth  and
   14  higher grades, shall attend upon such instruction.
   15    Similar  courses  of instruction shall be prescribed and maintained in
   16  private schools in the state, and all pupils in such schools  in  grades
   17  or  classes  corresponding  to  the instruction in the eighth and higher
   18  grades of the public schools shall attend upon  such  courses.  If  such
   19  courses  are  not  so  established  and  maintained in a private school,
   20  attendance upon instruction in such school shall not be deemed  substan-
   21  tially  equivalent  to instruction given to pupils in the public schools
   22  of the city or district in which such pupils reside.
   23    3. The regents shall determine the subjects to  be  included  in  such
   24  courses  of  instruction  in  patriotism,  citizenship, and human rights
   25  issues, with particular attention to the  study  of  the  inhumanity  of

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD05604-01-3
       S. 2134                             2

    1  genocide,  slavery  (including  the  freedom trail and underground rail-
    2  road), the Holocaust, and the mass starvation in Ireland  from  1845  to
    3  1850,  and  in  the  history,  meaning,  significance  and effect of the
    4  provisions  of  the  constitution  of  the United States, the amendments
    5  thereto, THE FEDERALIST PAPERS, the  declaration  of  independence,  the
    6  constitution  of  the  state of New York and the amendments thereto, and
    7  the period of instruction in each of the grades in such  subjects.  They
    8  shall adopt rules providing for attendance upon such instruction and for
    9  such  other matters as are required for carrying into effect the objects
   10  and purposes of this section. The commissioner shall be responsible  for
   11  the  enforcement  of  such  section  and shall cause to be inspected and
   12  supervise the instruction to be given in such subjects. The commissioner
   13  may, in his discretion, cause all or a  portion  of  the  public  school
   14  money to be apportioned to a district or city to be withheld for failure
   15  of  the  school authorities of such district or city to provide instruc-
   16  tion in such courses and to compel attendance upon such instruction,  as
   17  herein  prescribed,  and  for  a  non-compliance  with  the rules of the
   18  regents adopted as herein provided.
   19    6. THE REGENTS SHALL ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT A COURSE  OF  INSTRUCTION
   20  ON  THE  HISTORY,  MEANING,  SIGNIFICANCE  AND  EFFECT OF THE FEDERALIST
   21  PAPERS AND THE PROVISIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED  STATES  AND
   22  ALL  AMENDMENTS THERETO. SUCH COURSE OF INSTRUCTION ESTABLISHED PURSUANT
   23  TO THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE PROVIDED  TO  ALL  PUPILS  IN  GRADES  NINE
   24  THROUGH TWELVE.
   25    S  2.  This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding
   26  the date on which it shall have become a law.
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