Bill Text: NY S02937 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended

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 11-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-09-20 - PRINT NUMBER 2937A [S02937 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S02937-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK

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                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                SENATE - ASSEMBLY

                                    January 30, 2019

        IN  SENATE  --  Introduced  by  Sens.  MYRIE,  BAILEY,  BIAGGI,  COMRIE,
          twice  and  ordered  printed,  and when printed to be committed to the
          Committee on Finance -- committee discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

        IN  ASSEMBLY  --  Introduced  by  M.  of A. RICHARDSON, DICKENS, ARROYO,
          HYNDMAN,  JAFFEE  -- read once and referred to the Committee on Educa-
          tion -- committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as
          amended and recommitted to said committee

        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;

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  education  that makes a cultural connection with students has been shown
     2  to improve educational outcomes; cultural  responsiveness  advances  and
     3  accelerates  student  learning  by  honoring  and  supporting  students'
     4  cultural,  linguistic  and  racial experiences; in order for students to
     5  gain the full benefits of the diversity of New  York  state,  culturally
     6  responsive  education  must be a part of the daily schooling experiences
     7  of all students; and cultural responsiveness will prepare  educators  to
     8  relate aspects of students' daily lives to the curriculum.
     9    (c)  All  school  districts, charter schools and private schools shall
    10  integrate culturally responsive education throughout  the  education  of
    11  all  students  at all grade levels in accordance with the commissioner's
    12  rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to this subdivision.
    13    (d) The commissioner's rules and regulations shall include, but not be
    14  limited to, curriculum  standards  for:  African  American  history  and
    15  achievement,  Latino  American  history and achievement, Native American
    16  history and achievement, Asian American history and achievement, and the
    17  role of racial oppression and inequity based in  the  formation,  growth
    18  and  existence  of  our  nation  and  state. The commissioner shall also
    19  develop model curricula for use by schools.
    20    2. Graduation standards. The commissioner shall promulgate  rules  and
    21  regulations  requiring  all  high  school students to pass a course in a
    22  subject area that meets the culturally  responsive  education  standards
    23  established by this section as a prerequisite for graduation.
    24    3.  Teacher certification. The commissioner shall promulgate rules and
    25  regulations to include completion of at  least  one  college  course  in
    26  effective  teaching  for  students  of diverse cultural backgrounds as a
    27  prerequisite for teacher certification.
    28    4. Professional development. The commissioner shall  promulgate  rules
    29  and  regulations requiring cultural competency and culturally responsive
    30  education to be incorporated into the ongoing  professional  development
    31  standards for all pre-kindergarten through grade twelve educators.
    32    5.  Culturally responsive school climate assessment and/or rubric. The
    33  commissioner shall create a culturally responsive school climate assess-
    34  ment and/or rubric which school districts may utilize in  assessing  the
    35  cultural  responsiveness of the educational climate in their schools and
    36  district. This assessment and/or rubric shall  be  consistent  with  the
    37  purposes of this section.
    38    6.  Pilot  program.  Within amounts appropriated therefor, the commis-
    39  sioner shall establish a pilot program in culturally  responsive  educa-
    40  tion  and  shall  make  funds  available  to  school districts through a
    41  request for proposal. The award of such funds shall be based on criteria
    42  to be developed by  the  commissioner  and  approved  by  the  board  of
    43  regents.  The  commissioner  shall prioritize districts with the highest
    44  needs as measured in terms of student poverty and English language lear-
    45  ners and other demographic or community factors which  the  commissioner
    46  may  identify.    The  criteria  for  an award shall include, but not be
    47  limited to, the quality of the proposal and  its  consistency  with  the
    48  purposes  of  this section, the ability of the school district to demon-
    49  strate parent, family, student and community engagement in the  develop-
    50  ment  and  implementation  of  its  proposal, the capacity of the school
    51  district to draw upon the direct experiences of its  students,  families
    52  and  communities in implementing the purposes of this section, including
    53  but not limited to the ability to draw upon these experiences in  imple-
    54  menting  paragraph (d) of subdivision one of this section and the utili-
    55  zation of the culturally responsive  school  climate  assessment  and/or

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     1  rubric  developed  by  the  commissioner  or  of a comparable assessment
     2  and/or rubric in developing its proposal.
     3    §  2. The sum of twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000), or so much
     4  thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the department of
     5  education out of any moneys in the state treasury in the general fund to
     6  the credit of the state purposes fund, not otherwise  appropriated,  and
     7  made  immediately  available,  for the sole purpose of providing funding
     8  for the pilot program in  culturally  responsive  education  established
     9  pursuant  to  subdivision  6  of  section 804-e of the education law, as
    10  added by section one of this act. Such moneys shall be  payable  on  the
    11  audit  and  warrant of the comptroller on vouchers certified or approved
    12  by the commissioner of education in the manner prescribed by law.
    13    § 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
    14  have  become a law. Effective immediately the addition, amendment and/or
    15  repeal of any rule or regulation necessary  for  the  implementation  of
    16  this  act  on its effective date are authorized to be made and completed
    17  on or before such effective date.