Includes the attacks on September 11, 2001 in courses of instruction in patriotism and citizenship.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to including the attacks on September 11, 2001 in courses of instruction in patriotism and citizenship
PURPOSE: To ensure that current and future generations of New York State school children are appropriately educated on the attacks of September 11th, 2001.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one amends Education Law Section 801 adding the attacks on American soil on September 11, 2001 to the list of courses for instruction in patriotism and citizenship in New York schools.
Section two sets the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: On September 11, 2001, America suffered a terrorist attack on its soil resulting in the loss of over 3,000 American lives. The resulting devastation of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, to the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania left an indelible mark on American and world society and history.
The tragedy of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 is not currently taught in all New York schools. The magnitude of the event on Americans and New Yorkers demands that it should be a part of our schools' core curriculum and taught at an age appropriate level as determined by State Education Department guidelines. Such guidelines exist in current Social Studies Standards in the State Education Department's Global History and Geography Online Resource incorporate turning point lessons, defined as a decisive moment or an event marking a unique or important historical change of course that includes a lesson plan on September 11th.
This legislation gives appropriate weight to the importance of this turning point in history and ensures that current and future generations of New York students will all be instructed on the events of that day by requiring that all schools dedicate appropriate time and resources to teaching the events of that day.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.5883 (2011).
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1890 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. MARTINS, MAZIARZ -- 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 including the attacks on September 11, 2001 in courses of instruction in patriotism and citizenship THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The opening paragraph of subdivision 1 and subdivision 3 of section 801 of the education law, as amended by chapter 574 of the laws of 1997, are amended to read as follows: In order to promote a spirit of patriotic and civic service and obli- gation and to foster in the children of the state moral and intellectual qualities which are essential in preparing to meet the obligations 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 attention to the study of the inhumanity of genocide, slavery (including the freedom trail and underground railroad), the Holocaust,
[and]the mass starva- tion in Ireland from 1845 to 1850, AND THE ATTACKS ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, 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. 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, [and]the mass starvation in Ireland from 1845 toEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04585-01-3 S. 1890 2
1850, AND THE ATTACKS ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, and in the history, mean- ing, significance and effect of the provisions of the constitution of the United States, the amendments thereto, the declaration of independ- ence, the constitution of the state of New York and the amendments ther- eto, 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 immediately.