Bill Text: NY S00794 | 2017-2018 | General Assembly | Amended

Bill Title: Establishes a pilot program for peace/conflict resolution centers; provides for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2018-06-20 - referred to education [S00794 Detail]

Download: New_York-2017-S00794-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     January 4, 2017
        Introduced by Sen. ALCANTARA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed  to  be  committed  to the Committee on Education -- 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  pilot
          program  for  peace/conflict resolution centers; and providing for the
          repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Title  1  of the education law is amended by adding a new
     2  article 25 to read as follows:
     3                                  ARTICLE 25
     4                          PEACE/CONFLICT RESOLUTION
     5                            CENTERS PILOT PROGRAM
     6  Section 1220. Peace/conflict resolution centers pilot program.
     7    § 1220.  Peace/conflict  resolution  centers  pilot  program.  1.  The
     8  commissioner  shall  establish a pilot program to provide peace/conflict
     9  resolution centers  within  school  districts.  The  commissioner  shall
    10  select  up to five school districts to participate in the pilot program,
    11  provided at least one center established pursuant to this section  shall
    12  be  located  in  a  city  with a population of one million or more.  The
    13  pilot program shall begin with the two thousand  eighteen--two  thousand
    14  nineteen school year.
    15    2.  To  be  considered  for the pilot program, a school district shall
    16  submit a proposal to the commissioner  with  the  goal  of  facilitating
    17  peaceful  resolutions  to  student  conflicts,  and  include  methods to
    18  achieve the following goals: (a) provide for the supervised  peer  medi-
    19  ation of conflicts; (b) develop pupil leadership skills; and (c) promote
    20  peaceful  atmospheres in schools and the surrounding communities.  Noth-
    21  ing in this article shall prevent a  proposal  for  a  collaboration  to
    22  provide such services in collaboration with boards of cooperative educa-
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 794--A                           2
     1  tional  services.  Each peace/conflict resolution shall be authorized to
     2  operate for at least two full school years.
     3    3.  The  commissioner  shall submit an annual report on or before July
     4  thirty-first, two thousand nineteen and on or before the same date every
     5  year thereafter to the governor and the legislature. Such  report  shall
     6  include,  but  not  be  limited to, the number of cases and resolutions,
     7  details on the subject matter of the cases,  the  commissioner's  evalu-
     8  ation  of  the  results of the pilot program and legislative recommenda-
     9  tions on whether to continue,  expand  or  make  changes  to  the  pilot
    10  program.
    11    4.  The commissioner shall promulgate any rules and regulations neces-
    12  sary to implement the provisions of this article.
    13    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately, and shall expire  and  be
    14  deemed repealed July 31, 2020.