Bill Text: NY A01788 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Adds arts and music education as a common school branch that should be incorporated into the public school curriculum to provide a more well-rounded education for children.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 16-10)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-01-11 - referred to education [A01788 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-A01788-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                    January 11, 2021

        Introduced  by  M. of A. JEAN-PIERRE, RA, AUBRY, GRIFFIN, GUNTHER, CRUZ,
          M. MILLER,  REILLY  --  Multi-Sponsored  by -- M. of A. HEVESI, RAMOS,
          TAGUE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education

        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to adding arts and  music
          education into the curriculum for public school students

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

     1    Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds that  arts
     2  and  music education exposure has developmental benefits to children and
     3  adolescents, and is an essential component to providing  a  well-rounded
     4  education to all of the state of New York's public school students. Past
     5  studies have shown that arts and music education has a significant posi-
     6  tive   impact  on  all  students,  including  traditionally  underserved
     7  students. It is the legislature's intent to ensure that arts  and  music
     8  education shall be incorporated into the public school curriculum.
     9    §  2. Subparagraphs 1 and 2 of paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section
    10  3204 of the education law, subparagraph 1 as amended by  chapter  14  of
    11  the  laws  of  1958  and subparagraph 2 as amended by chapter 124 of the
    12  laws of 1951, are amended to read as follows:
    13    (1) The course of study for the first eight years of full time  public
    14  day schools shall provide for instruction in at least the [twelve] thir-
    15  teen  common  school branches of arithmetic, reading, spelling, writing,
    16  the English language, geography, United States history, civics, hygiene,
    17  arts and music, physical training, the history of  New  York  state  and
    18  science.
    19    (2)  The courses of study and of specialized training beyond the first
    20  eight years of full time public day schools shall provide  for  instruc-
    21  tion  in  at least the English language and its use, in civics, hygiene,
    22  physical training, arts and music, and American  history  including  the
    23  principles  of  government proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence
    24  and established by the constitution of the United States.
    25    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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