Bill Text: NY A08545 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Requires instruction regarding symbols of hate, including the swastika and the noose, to be incorporated into the curricula for grades six through twelve.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-08-23 - referred to education [A08545 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A08545-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                     August 23, 2019

        Introduced by M. of A. LAVINE -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Education

        AN  ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring instruction
          regarding symbols of hate

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Legislative  findings.  The  legislature hereby finds the
     2  recent spike in hate crimes across our state and nation as a whole to be
     3  highly disturbing and a societal epidemic in need of remedy. As many  of
     4  our youth are not aware of the hateful connotations behind swastikas and
     5  nooses, it is necessary for the legislature to mandate compulsory educa-
     6  tion  in all schools across our great state in regard to the meanings of
     7  these two symbols of hate. Requiring students be educated in the signif-
     8  icance of these displays of bigotry will go a long way toward  fostering
     9  a more inclusive and tolerant society for all.
    10    §  2.  The  education  law is amended by adding a new section 801-b to
    11  read as follows:
    12    § 801-b. Instruction regarding symbols  of  hate.  The  regents  shall
    13  ensure  that  the  course  of  instruction for grades six through twelve
    14  includes a component on the meaning of the swastika  as  the  emblem  of
    15  Nazi  Germany,  as  well  as  the noose as a symbol of racism and intim-
    16  idation. The regents shall determine how to incorporate such  components
    17  into existing curricula, and the commissioner shall promulgate any regu-
    18  lations needed to carry out such determination of the regents.
    19    §  3.  This  act  shall  take  effect  on  the first of September next
    20  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.