Requires a course of instruction on the provisions of the federalist papers and the United States constitution to be provided to high school students.
Ayes (14): Flanagan, Lanza, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Robach, Saland, Seward, Oppenheimer, Addabbo, Avella, Breslin, Montgomery, Serrano
Ayes W/R (3): Ranzenhofer, Stavisky, Huntley
Excused (1): Farley
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to courses of instruction on the constitution of the United States and the federalist papers
PURPOSE: Requires a course of instruction on the provisions of the Federalist Papers and the United States Constitution to be provided to high school students
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends subdivision 2 and 3 of section 801 of the education law, subdivision 2 as amended by chapter 481 of the laws of 1949 and subdivision 3 as amended by chapter 574 of the laws of 1997, are amended and a new subdivision 6 is added.
Section two is the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: We live in a country where the Constitution is a revered document, and we live in a state where the Federalist Papers were helpful in the passage of the Constitution. Even today the Federalist Papers serve as a means to understand the intent behind the articles of the Constitution and are sometimes used in judicial decisions. It is important for the youth of New York State to learn about the rich and patriotic context of the Federalist Papers in order to enrich their civic education and help them become better citizens of this great state and country.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7261 IN SENATE May 2, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- 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 courses of instruction on the constitution of the United States and the federalist papers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 2 and 3 of section 801 of the education law, subdivision 2 as amended by chapter 481 of the laws of 1949 and subdivi- sion 3 as amended by chapter 574 of the laws of 1997, are amended and a new subdivision 6 is added to read as follows: 2. The regents shall prescribe courses of instruction in the history, meaning, significance and effect of the provisions of the constitution of the United States, the amendments thereto, THE FEDERALIST PAPERS, the declaration of independence, the constitution of the state of New York and the amendments thereto, to be maintained and followed in all of the schools of the state. The boards of education and trustees of the several cities and school districts of the state shall require instruc- tion to be given in such courses, by the teachers employed in the schools therein. All pupils attending such schools, in the eighth and higher grades, shall attend upon such instruction. Similar courses of instruction shall be prescribed and maintained in private schools in the state, and all pupils in such schools in grades or classes corresponding to the instruction in the eighth and higher grades of the public schools shall attend upon such courses. If such courses are not so established and maintained in a private school, attendance upon instruction in such school shall not be deemed substan- tially equivalent to instruction given to pupils in the public schools of the city or district in which such pupils reside. 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 to 1850, and in the history, meaning, significance and effect of theEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15652-01-2 S. 7261 2
provisions of the constitution of the United States, the amendments thereto, THE FEDERALIST PAPERS, the declaration of independence, the constitution of the state of New York and the amendments thereto, 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 withheld for failure of the school authorities of such district or city to provide instruc- tion 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. 6. THE REGENTS SHALL ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT A COURSE OF INSTRUCTION ON THE HISTORY, MEANING, SIGNIFICANCE AND EFFECT OF THE FEDERALIST PAPERS AND THE PROVISIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND ALL AMENDMENTS THERETO. SUCH COURSE OF INSTRUCTION ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE PROVIDED TO ALL PUPILS IN GRADES NINE THROUGH TWELVE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.