Bill S1706-2013

Requires school districts to establish and maintain peace/conflict resolution centers

Requires school districts to establish and maintain peace/conflict resolution centers.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S1706

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to peace/conflict resolution centers

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation would require school districts to establish and maintain peace/conflict resolution centers.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The education law is amended by adding a new section 1504-a.

JUSTIFICATION: The mission of a peer mediation program is to enable students to resolve conflicts peacefully in order to Promote mutual understanding of individuals and groups throughout the school. The program's design is to enhance the climate of the school by providing each person opportunities to learn that conflict is natural and the appropriate means to peaceful solutions.

Peer mediation develops leadership skills among pupils and enables them to apply those skills immediately in their schools. Students offer the support and run the program with a Faculty/Staff advisor. Peer mediators should be students that represent the student body and exhibit attributes of leadership who are respected by their classmates. Referrals can be made by administrators, counselors, teachers and other students. Peer mediation issues are treated confidentially. Issues, discussions and outcomes will not be divulged except in cases which may be illegal or life threatening. A pair of trained volunteer student mediators will meet with the two parties to help them reach an agreement.

Peace/Conflict resolution centers already in operation at Luperon and Heritage High schools in Washington Heights have demonstrated that mediation of disputes can reduce violence in schools, reduce the number of suspensions, and promote constructive conflict management.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1706 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. ESPAILLAT, PERKINS -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to peace/conflict resol- ution centers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. Peace/conflict resolution centers already in operation at Luperon and Heritage High Schools in Washington Heights have demonstrated that mediation of disputes can reduce violence in schools, reduce the number of suspensions, and promote constructive conflict management. Peer mediation develops leadership skills among pupils and enables them to apply those skills immediately in their schools. This legislation requires every school district in the state to maintain a peace/conflict resolution center. S 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 1504-a to read as follows: S 1504-A. PEACE/CONFLICT RESOLUTION CENTERS. 1. ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE HEREBY REQUIRED TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN A PEACE/CONFLICT RESOL- UTION CENTER. 2. SUCH PEACE/CONFLICT RESOLUTION CENTERS SHALL: (A) PROVIDE FOR THE SUPERVISED PEER MEDIATION OF CONFLICTS; (B) DEVELOP PUPIL LEADERSHIP SKILLS; AND (C) PROMOTE PEACEFUL ATMOSPHERES IN SCHOOLS AND THE SURROUNDING COMMU- NITIES. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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