Relates to the humane treatment of animals by students in schools, in connection with school sponsored events or activities and experimental studies in laboratories; requires notice to students and parents enrolled in a course that includes dissection.
BILL NUMBER:S7820 REVISED 06/07/10
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the education law, in relation to the dissection of animals
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To require the board of education or trustees of a school district to inform students and students' parents or legal guardians of their rights under the law.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends subdivision 4 to provide that the board of education or trustees of a school district must develop a policy to give reasonable notice to students, students' parents or legal guardians of their rights under subdivision 4; and that such notice shall be made available upon request at the school and be distributed to parents and students at least once at the beginning of the school year.
Section 2 contains the effective date.
Section 809 subdivision 4 of the education law provides that any student with a moral or religious objection to participating or witnessing an animal dissection, substantiated in writing by a parent or legal guardian, shall be provided with an approved alternative project. This measure will ensure that students and their parents or legal guardians who have rights to be informed under this subdivision will be properly informed of their right
to abstain from animal dissection and to be provided with an approved alternative project.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
A.585 of 2008 - Referred to Education A.10661 of 2006 - Referred to Education
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: The first of July after which the bill has been passed into law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7820 IN SENATE May 13, 2010 ___________Introduced by Sen. OPPENHEIMER -- 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 the dissection of animals THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 809 of the education law, as amended by chapter 542 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows: 4. Dissection of animals. Any student expressing a moral or religious objection to the performance or witnessing of the dissection of an animal, either wholly or in part, shall be provided the opportunity to undertake and complete an alternative project that shall be approved by such student's teacher; provided, however, that such objection is substantiated in writing by the student's parent or legal guardian. Students who perform alternative projects who do not perform or witness the dissection of animals shall not be penalized. THE BOARD OF EDUCA- TION OR TRUSTEES OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL DEVELOP A POLICY TO GIVE REASONABLE NOTICE TO ALL STUDENTS AND STUDENTS' PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDI- ANS ABOUT THEIR RIGHTS UNDER THIS SUBDIVISION. SUCH NOTICE SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST AT THE SCHOOL AND DISTRIBUTED TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS AT LEAST ONCE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05657-04-0