Bill Text: NY A11321 | 2017-2018 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Establishes a culturally responsive education curriculum and standards; requires all school districts, charter schools and private schools to integrate culturally responsive education throughout the education of all students at all grade levels; establishes a pilot program in culturally responsive education; appropriates $25,000,000 therefor.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2018-09-19 - referred to education [A11321 Detail]

Download: New_York-2017-A11321-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                   September 19, 2018
        Introduced  by COMMITTEE ON RULES -- (at request of M. of A. Richardson)
          -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education
        AN ACT to amend  the  education  law,  in  relation  to  establishing  a
          culturally  responsive  education curriculum and standards; and making
          an appropriation therefor
          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 804-e
     2  to read as follows:
     3    § 804-e. Culturally responsive education curriculum and standards.  1.
     4  Culturally  responsive  education rules and regulations. (a) The commis-
     5  sioner shall promulgate rules and regulations for the implementation  of
     6  culturally  responsive  education  curriculum  for all schools including
     7  elementary schools, junior high schools  and  senior  high  schools.  In
     8  formulating  such  regulations,  the  commissioner  shall  seek input of
     9  parents, students and other stakeholders.
    10    (b) In formulating the rules and regulations required by paragraph (a)
    11  of this subdivision, the commissioner shall recognize  that:  more  than
    12  half  of  New York state's public school students are students of color;
    13  education that makes a cultural connection with students has been  shown
    14  to  improve  educational  outcomes; cultural responsiveness advances and
    15  accelerates  student  learning  by  honoring  and  supporting  students'
    16  cultural,  linguistic  and  racial experiences; in order for students to
    17  gain the full benefits of the diversity of New  York  state,  culturally
    18  responsive  education  must be a part of the daily schooling experiences
    19  of all students; and cultural responsiveness will prepare  educators  to
    20  relate aspects of students' daily lives to the curriculum.
    21    (c)  All  school  districts, charter schools and private schools shall
    22  integrate culturally responsive education throughout  the  education  of
    23  all  students  at all grade levels in accordance with the commissioner's
    24  rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to this subdivision.
    25    (d) The commissioner's rules and regulations shall include, but not be
    26  limited to, curriculum  standards  for:  African  American  history  and
    27  achievement,  Latino  American  history and achievement, Native American
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 11321                            2
     1  history and achievement, Asian American history and achievement, and the
     2  role of racial oppression and inequity based in  the  formation,  growth
     3  and  existence  of  our  nation  and  state. The commissioner shall also
     4  develop model curricula for use by schools.
     5    2.  Graduation  standards. The commissioner shall promulgate rules and
     6  regulations requiring all high school students to pass  a  course  in  a
     7  subject  area  that  meets the culturally responsive education standards
     8  established by this section as a prerequisite for graduation.
     9    3. Teacher certification. The commissioner shall promulgate rules  and
    10  regulations  to  include  completion  of  at least one college course in
    11  effective teaching for students of diverse  cultural  backgrounds  as  a
    12  prerequisite for teacher certification.
    13    4.  Professional  development. The commissioner shall promulgate rules
    14  and regulations requiring cultural competency and culturally  responsive
    15  education  to  be incorporated into the ongoing professional development
    16  standards for all pre-kindergarten through grade twelve educators.
    17    5. Culturally responsive school climate assessment.  The  commissioner
    18  shall  create  a  culturally  responsive school climate assessment which
    19  school districts may utilize in assessing the cultural responsiveness of
    20  the educational climate in their schools and district.  This  assessment
    21  shall be consistent with the purposes of this section.
    22    6.  Pilot  program.  Within amounts appropriated therefor, the commis-
    23  sioner shall establish a pilot program in culturally  responsive  educa-
    24  tion  and  shall  make  funds  available  to  school districts through a
    25  request for proposal. The award of such funds shall be based on criteria
    26  to be developed by  the  commissioner  and  approved  by  the  board  of
    27  regents.  The  commissioner  shall prioritize districts with the highest
    28  needs as measured in terms of student poverty and English language lear-
    29  ners and other demographic or community factors which  the  commissioner
    30  may  identify.    The  criteria  for  an award shall include, but not be
    31  limited to, the quality of the proposal and  its  consistency  with  the
    32  purposes  of  this section, the ability of the school district to demon-
    33  strate parent, family, student and community engagement in the  develop-
    34  ment  and  implementation  of  its  proposal, the capacity of the school
    35  district to draw upon the direct experiences of its  students,  families
    36  and  communities in implementing the purposes of this section, including
    37  but not limited to the ability to draw upon these experiences in  imple-
    38  menting  paragraph (d) of subdivision one of this section and the utili-
    39  zation of the culturally responsive school climate assessment  developed
    40  by  the  commissioner  or  of  a comparable assessment in developing its
    41  proposal.
    42    § 2. The sum of twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000), or so  much
    43  thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the department of
    44  education out of any moneys in the state treasury in the general fund to
    45  the  credit  of the state purposes fund, not otherwise appropriated, and
    46  made immediately available, for the sole purpose  of  providing  funding
    47  for  the  pilot  program  in culturally responsive education established
    48  pursuant to subdivision 6 of section 804-e  of  the  education  law,  as
    49  added  by  section  one of this act. Such moneys shall be payable on the
    50  audit and warrant of the comptroller on vouchers certified  or  approved
    51  by the commissioner of education in the manner prescribed by law.
    52    §  3.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
    53  have become a law. Effective immediately the addition, amendment  and/or
    54  repeal  of  any  rule  or regulation necessary for the implementation of
    55  this act on its effective date are authorized to be made  and  completed
    56  on or before such effective date.