Requires schools to provide instruction on the history of the Ukrainian genocide holodomor from 1932 through 1933.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to instruction on the subject of the history of the Ukrainian Genocide-Holodomor of 1932 to 1933
PURPOSE: Requires schools to provide instruction on the history of the Ukrainian genocide holodomor from 1932 through 1933.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends Subdivisions 1 and 3 of Section 801 of the education law as amended by Chapter 574 of the laws of 1997 to include the Ukranian Genocide-Holodomor of 1932 and 1933 as required courses of instruction.
JUSTIFICATION: The famine in the Ukraine was deliberately initiated and enforced by the Soviet regime through the seizure of grain and the blockade of food shipments into the affected areas, as well as by forcibly preventing the starving population from leaving the region for the purposes of eliminating resistance to the forced collectivization of agriculture and destroying Ukraine's national identity. This famine resulted in the deaths of millions of men, women and children in the Ukraine and in other regions.
Although the Ukraine was one of the greatest losses of human life in the 20th century, it remains insufficiently recognized in the united States and in the world. As such, the fight against racism begins with our children learning the History of Ukrainian Genocide Holodomor and teaching them solutions to keep our communities whole.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009/2010 - S.3356-A (Died Education)
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Shall take effect on the first July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1016 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. STEWART-COUSINS -- 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 instruction on the subject of the history of the Ukrainian Genocide-Holodomor of 1932 to 1933 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 1 and 3 of section 801 of the education law, as amended by chapter 574 of the laws of 1997, are amended to read as follows: 1. In order to promote a spirit of patriotic and civic service and obligation and to foster in the children of the state moral and intel- lectual qualities which are essential in preparing to meet the obli- gations of citizenship in peace or in war, the regents of The University of the State of New York shall prescribe courses of instruction in patriotism, citizenship, and human rights issues, with particular atten- tion to the study of the inhumanity of genocide, slavery (including the freedom trail and underground railroad), the Holocaust, THE UKRAINIAN GENOCIDE-HOLODOMOR OF 1932 TO 1933, and the mass starvation in Ireland from 1845 to 1850, to be maintained and followed in all the schools of the state. The boards of education and trustees of the several cities and school districts of the state shall require instruction to be given in such courses, by the teachers employed in the schools therein. All pupils attending such schools, over the age of eight years, shall attend upon such instruction. Similar courses of instruction shall be prescribed and maintained in private schools in the state, and all pupils in such schools over eight years of age shall attend upon such courses. If such courses are not so established and maintained in a private school, attendance upon instruc- tion in such school shall not be deemed substantially equivalent toEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04040-01-1 S. 1016 2
instruction given to pupils of like age in the public schools of the city or district in which such pupils reside. 3. The regents shall determine the subjects to be included in such courses of instruction in patriotism, citizenship, and human rights issues, with particular attention to the study of the inhumanity of genocide, slavery (including the freedom trail and underground rail- road), the Holocaust, THE UKRAINIAN GENOCIDE-HOLODOMOR OF 1932 TO 1933, and the mass starvation in Ireland from 1845 to 1850, and in the histo- ry, meaning, significance and effect of the provisions of the constitu- tion of the United States, the amendments thereto, the declaration of independence, the constitution of the state of New York and the amend- ments thereto, and the period of instruction in each of the grades in such subjects. They shall adopt rules providing for attendance upon such instruction and for such other matters as are required for carrying into effect the objects and purposes of this section. The commissioner shall be responsible for the enforcement of such section and shall cause to be inspected and supervise the instruction to be given in such subjects. The commissioner may, in his discretion, cause all or a portion of the public school money to be apportioned to a district or city to be with- held for failure of the school authorities of such district or city to provide instruction in such courses and to compel attendance upon such instruction, as herein prescribed, and for a non-compliance with the rules of the regents adopted as herein provided. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.