Requires courses of instruction to include information on "comfort women".
Ayes (41): Addabbo, Avella, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, Diaz, Dilan, Felder, Gianaris, Gipson, Grisanti, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Latimer, LaValle, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young
Nays (18): Ball, Bonacic, DeFrancisco, Farley, Flanagan, Gallivan, Griffo, Hannon, Lanza, Larkin, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Nozzolio, Ritchie, Seward, Zeldin
Excused (2): Espaillat, Golden
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring courses of instruction to include information on "comfort women"
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of the bill is to facilitate the teaching of an unbiased and factual account of events that occurred during World War II involving the Comfort Women.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends subdivisions 1 and 3 of section 801 of the education law by amending the opening paragraphs to include curriculum instruction on violence against women during periods of armed conflict including the comfort women of the second world war.
Section 2 of the bill sets an effective date of the July 1, 2016.
The purpose of this legislation is to facilitate the teaching of an unbiased and factual account of events that occurred during World War 11. It is important to ensure that events such as those that occurred in relation to the "comfort women" are accurately reflected in the text books we use to teach our students.
During World War 11, the Imperial Japanese Army forced thousands of women to prostitute themselves for the benefit of the Emperor's troops in Korea and other nations. There have been recent efforts to deny the existence of this human rights atrocity and to blame it on alleged "racial conflicts" and efforts to harass the people of Japan. These attempts to deny or minimize such historic events make it necessary to provide an unbiased and factual account of these issues to our students.
It is also important to make sure this history is taught in light of the increasing amount of sex trafficking that is happening within the United States as well as throughout the world.
It is the responsibility of the legislature to make sure that the history of the "comfort women" is not ignored and to shed light on the continuing victimization of women and men that has a long and torturous legacy dating back many thousands of years.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
This act shall take effect on July 1, 2016.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7759--A IN SENATE June 5, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring courses of instruction to include information on "comfort women" 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, VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN DURING PERIODS OF ARMED CONFLICT (INCLUDING THE COMFORT WOMEN OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR), and the mass starvation in Ireland from 1845 to 1850, 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, VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN DURING PERIODS OF ARMED CONFLICT (INCLUDING THE COMFORT WOMEN OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR), and the mass starvation in Ireland from 1845 to 1850, and in the history, mean-EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13988-12-4 S. 7759--A 2
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 July 1, 2016.