Bill S2352-2011

Relates to instruction on the history of people with disabilities

Relates to instruction on the history of people with disabilities.

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Actions

  • Apr 30, 2012: referred to education
  • Apr 30, 2012: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Apr 30, 2012: PASSED SENATE
  • Apr 25, 2012: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Apr 19, 2012: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Apr 18, 2012: 1ST REPORT CAL.522
  • Feb 7, 2012: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • Jan 4, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jan 4, 2012: died in assembly
  • Jun 16, 2011: referred to education
  • Jun 16, 2011: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 16, 2011: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 13, 2011: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1186
  • Jun 13, 2011: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • May 24, 2011: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 19, 2011: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Education - May 24, 2011
Ayes (17): Flanagan, Farley, Lanza, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Robach, Saland, Seward, Oppenheimer, Addabbo, Avella, Breslin, Montgomery, Serrano, Stavisky, Huntley
Ayes W/R (1): Ranzenhofer
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Education - Feb 7, 2012
Ayes (17): Flanagan, Farley, Lanza, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Robach, Saland, Seward, Oppenheimer, Addabbo, Avella, Breslin, Montgomery, Serrano, Stavisky, Huntley
Ayes W/R (1): Ranzenhofer

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2352               REVISED 05/16/11

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to instruction on the history of people with disabilities

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would promote greater awareness and understanding of people with disabilities by amending current education law (Chapter 265 of the Laws of 2000) which requires the NYS Education Department to make available to elementary schools suitable curriculum materials to aid in the instruction on the understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities. This amendment will require the department to provide the curriculum to secondary schools.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Subdivision 5 of section 801 of the education law is amended to include grades seven to twelfth grades in the instruction in the understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities.

JUSTIFICATION: Chapter 265 of the laws of 2000 was enacted to promote the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act which requires a less restrictive educational environment for students with disabilities. As more students with disabilities are placed in mainstream classrooms, the need to promote tolerance and acceptance is a core component of teaching good citizenship. with the rise of violence in schools this bill will influence and change how students view and interact with others of differing abilities.

Current law requires the NYS Board of Regents to create a curriculum that promotes mutual respect and understanding of people with disabilities to elementary school students. The intent of chapter 265 is to teach tolerance and, acknowledge the impact and contributions that individuals with disabilities have had on society. When students learn that people with disabilities are more similar than different, have strengths and talents, and want to participate in school activities, a foundation for good citizenship begins to develop. Disability History curriculum will provide a forum for discussion and inspires respect for individual differences and ultimately provides a roadmap for creating an accepting society.

It is the state's responsibility to provide a sound basic education to all students. Included in the NYS Board of Regents learning standards are goals to provide the educational framework that promotes citizenship and civic responsibility. Chapter 265 made it possible for elementary schools (grades kindergarten through sixth

grade) to better prepare young students to be more tolerant to the differences that make each of us unique.

The "Museum of Disability History" located in Western New York has worked with teachers, special educators, advocates and parents of children with disabilities to establish a curriculum for grades K-l2 that highlights the history of people with disabilities, with a strong focus on awareness, sensitivity and diversity. Pilot programs in WNY area schools have shown the curriculum to be effective in the classroom. This curriculum is free and readily accessible on the web, adding no cost to schools or the state.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.7930 of 2010.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law, and shall apply to all school years which commence on or after its effective date.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2352 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 19, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GRISANTI -- 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 history of people with disabilities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 5 of section 801 of the education law, as added by chapter 265 of the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows: 5. The regents shall make available to all elementary AND SECONDARY schools in the state suitable curriculum materials to aid in the instruction of pupils in grades kindergarten through [six] TWELVE in the understanding and acceptance of children with disabilities as defined in section forty-four hundred one of this chapter. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law, and shall apply to all school years which commence on or after its effective date.

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