Bill S1575-2011

Requires the legislature to provide for the maintenance and support of a system of free public libraries

Provides a constitutional guarantee that the legislature shall provide for the maintenance and support of a system of free public libraries, wherein all the residents of this state may be provided with public library services.

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  • Feb 8, 2012: OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • Jan 9, 2012: TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR OPINION
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • Apr 27, 2011: OPINION REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • Jan 19, 2011: TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR OPINION
  • Jan 10, 2011: REFERRED TO JUDICIARY

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BILL NUMBER:S1575

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to required training for individuals applying for certification or licensure to be a teacher

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends education law by adding a new subdivision 2-a to § 3004 to require, as part of licensure and certification for teachers a minimum of six hours of Course work or training in how to recognize and respond to incidents of bullying, harassment and intimidation. Each applicant shall provide the State Education Department with documentation showing that they have successfully completed the required training

(2-b) requires coursework and training be provided by an institution or provider which has been approved by the State Education Department.

(2-c) defines bullying, harassment and intimidation.

JUSTIFICATION: Bullying at school is a pervasive problem that affects millions of students every year. The National Center for Education Statistics indicates student bullying is one of the most frequently reported discipline Problems at school: 21% of elementary schools, 43% of middle schools, and 22% of high schools reported problems with bullying in 2005-06.

A study cited in an American Medical Association report on bullying found over two-thirds of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and ineffective. These findings suggest that teachers are simply unaware of much of the bullying that occurs around them (likely because much of the bullying is difficult to detect and because children frequently are reluctant to report bullying to adults).

By requiring pre-service training, new teachers will be better equipped to identify and respond to potentially damaging victimization, as well as to implement positive feedback and modeling to address appropriate social interactions.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.1578A - REFERRED TO EDUCATION 01/10/11 REFERRED TO EDUCATION

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill will take effect on the one hundred twentieth day following the date on which it shall have become law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1575 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 10, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. OPPENHEIMER, HASSELL-THOMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing an amendment to section 1 of article 11 of the constitution, in relation to requiring the legislature to provide for a system of free public libraries Section 1. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That section 1 of arti- cle 11 of the constitution be amended to read as follows: Section 1. The legislature shall provide for the maintenance and support of a system of free common schools, wherein all the children of this state may be educated. THE LEGISLATURE SHALL PROVIDE FOR THE MAIN- TENANCE AND SUPPORT OF A SYSTEM OF FREE PUBLIC LIBRARIES, WHEREIN ALL THE RESIDENTS OF THIS STATE MAY BE PROVIDED WITH PUBLIC LIBRARY SERVICES. S 2. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That the foregoing amendment be referred to the first regular legislative session convening after the next succeeding general election of members of the assembly, and, in conformity with section 1 of article 19 of the constitution, be published for 3 months previous to the time of such election. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD89061-01-1

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