Bill Text: NY A07201 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Requires instruction in civic education for grades 5 through 12 including instruction on the NYS constitution; federal, state and local government; civic literacy; methods of public participation; and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 25-6)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-12 - referred to education [A07201 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A07201-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     April 12, 2019
        Introduced  by M. of A. SIMON -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Education
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring civic educa-
          tion courses for grades five through twelve
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 817 to
     2  read as follows:
     3    §  817.  Instruction  in  civic  education.  1. The commissioner shall
     4  establish a curriculum for instruction in civic education in all schools
     5  providing instruction to students in grades five through  twelve.  Local
     6  boards  of education and the chancellor of the board of education of the
     7  city of New York may adopt their own curriculum upon the approval of the
     8  commissioner.
     9    2. Such instruction shall  include,  but  shall  not  be  limited  to,
    10  instruction on the New York state constitution; federal, state and local
    11  government;  civic  literacy;  methods  of public participation; and the
    12  rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Such curriculum  shall  have
    13  an  experiential,  simulation, and project-based approach, including but
    14  not limited to, mock trials; moot court; opportunities to  identify  and
    15  debate  issues relative to power, economic status and the common good in
    16  democracy, advocacy, and community organizing; simulation based legisla-
    17  tive hearings; and other role playing exercises that engage students  in
    18  the  democratic  process  and  that  teach them how to be informed civic
    19  actors in their communities.
    20    3. The boards of education and trustees  of  the  several  cities  and
    21  school  districts  of the state shall require instruction to be given in
    22  such course, by the teachers employed in the school therein.
    23    4. The commissioner shall promulgate rules and  regulations  outlining
    24  the  training of teachers providing such civic education instruction and
    25  materials to be provided for such instruction. The board of education or
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  trustees of every school district shall provide appropriate training and
     2  curriculum materials, as promulgated by the commissioner, to such teach-
     3  ers.
     4    § 2. This act shall take effect two years after it shall have become a
     5  law,  provided,  however, that effective immediately the commissioner of
     6  education is authorized to adopt any rules or regulations  necessary  to
     7  implement the provisions of this act on such effective date.