Relates to instruction relating to the flag.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to instruction relating to the flag
PURPOSE: This bill will authorize the commissioner to establish an annual course of study of the American flag in an effort to encourage participation in the recitation of the pledge of allegiance. The annual course of study of the American flag will focus on the history and evolution of the American flag, the history and evolution of the pledge of allegiance, and the sacrifices that were made by those men and women who have served in the armed forces of the United States in defense of our country.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill amends Subdivision 1 of section 802 of the education law, as amended by chapter 601 of the laws of 1996, to authorize the commissioner to prepare an annual course of study of the American flag to focus attention on the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served in the armed forces.
JUSTIFICATION: All too often, the daily pledge of allegiance has been disregarded and little effort has been made in schools to encourage participation in the pledge's recitation.
This legislation would require the Commissioner to prepare an annual course of study of the American flag in an effort to promote student's awareness of the importance of reciting the pledge of allegiance.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined. The teaching of this new curriculum would be optional to local school districts, resulting in no local mandate.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on September 1, 2013, with provisions
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4769 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 23, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GALLIVAN -- 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 relating to the flag THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 802 of the education law, as amended by chapter 601 of the laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows: 1. It shall be the duty of the commissioner to prepare, for the use of the public schools of the state, a program providing for a salute to the flag and a daily pledge of allegiance to the flag, and instruction in its correct use and display which shall include, as a minimum, specific instruction regarding respect for the flag of the United States of Amer- ica, its display and use as provided by federal statute and regulation and such other patriotic exercises as may be deemed by him to be expedi- ent, under such regulations and instructions as may best meet the varied requirements of the different grades in such schools. However, such instruction shall include, as a minimum, the provisions of sections one hundred seventy through one hundred seventy-seven of title thirty-six of the United States Code. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ALSO PREPARE, AS PART OF SUCH PROGRAM, WHICH MAY BE USED BY SCHOOL AUTHORITIES, AN ANNUAL COURSE OF STUDY OF THE AMERICAN FLAG, INCLUDING THE HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF THE AMERICAN FLAG AS WELL AS THE HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, THAT ENCOURAGES PARTICIPATION IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE BY STUDENTS AND FACULTY AND THAT INDICATES THAT THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE IS TAKEN IN RECOGNITION OF THE SACRIFICES THAT HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES IN DEFENSE OF OUR COUNTRY. S 2. This act shall take effect September 1, 2013; provided that the commissioner of education is authorized to promulgate any rules and regulations necessary to implement this act on or before its effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10287-01-3