Bill Text: NY S01953 | 2017-2018 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Requires the commissioner of education to make recommendations to the board of regents relating to instruction on preventing child sexual exploitation and child abuse in grades kindergarten through eight.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 9-2)

Status: (Engrossed) 2018-06-12 - referred to education [S01953 Detail]

Download: New_York-2017-S01953-Amended.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                         1953--A
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 11, 2017
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sens.  KLEIN, ADDABBO, AVELLA, CARLUCCI, COMRIE, HANNON,
          LARKIN, PARKER, SAVINO, VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and
          when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education  --  recom-
          mitted to the Committee on Education in accordance with Senate Rule 6,
          sec.  8  --  committee  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
          amended and recommitted to said committee
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation  to  child  sexual  abuse
          awareness
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new
     2  subdivision 57 to read as follows:
     3    57. a. The commissioner shall consult and collaborate with the commis-
     4  sioner of health and appropriate organizations that  have  expertise  in
     5  the  prevention of child sexual exploitation and child abuse, as well as
     6  other interested parties, to establish and develop a program within  the
     7  department  related  to  the prevention of child sexual exploitation and
     8  child abuse in grades kindergarten through eight. Such program shall  be
     9  defined  by  the commissioner in regulations after consultation with the
    10  department of health and be designed to educate  students,  parents  and
    11  school  personnel  about the prevention of child sexual exploitation and
    12  child abuse in grades kindergarten through  eight.  Such  program  shall
    13  include, but not be limited to:
    14    (i)  age-appropriate model curriculum, exemplar lesson plans, and best
    15  practice  instructional  resources  for  students,  parents  and  school
    16  personnel  designed  to promote the prevention of child sexual exploita-
    17  tion and child abuse. Such model curriculum, lesson plans  and  instruc-
    18  tional  resources  shall  include  but  not be limited to guidelines and
    19  methods of prevention, including recommendations to address this issue;
    20    (ii) instructional tools  and  materials  for  students,  parents  and
    21  school  personnel  developed  in  collaboration with the commissioner of
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03175-06-8

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     1  health,  which  shall  include  updated  data  and  information  on  the
     2  prevention  of  child sexual exploitation and child abuse, with a review
     3  of such data and information to occur periodically, at intervals  deemed
     4  appropriate by the commissioner and the commissioner of health; and
     5    (iii)  public availability of all materials related to such awareness,
     6  prevention and education programs on a dedicated webpage on the  depart-
     7  ment's  internet  website,  and  provided  at  no  cost  to every school
     8  district, board of cooperative educational services, charter school  and
     9  nonpublic school upon request.
    10    b.  The commissioner shall issue a guidance memorandum to every school
    11  district, board of cooperative educational services, charter school  and
    12  nonpublic  school,  to inform them of the availability of the prevention
    13  of child sexual exploitation and child abuse program.  The  commissioner
    14  shall  annually  remind  school  districts, boards of cooperative educa-
    15  tional services, charter schools and nonpublic schools,  of  the  avail-
    16  ability of prevention of child sexual exploitation and child abuse mate-
    17  rials in grades kindergarten through eight.
    18    §  2.  This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding
    19  the date on which it shall have become a law;  provided,  however,  that
    20  effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule
    21  or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effec-
    22  tive  date  are  authorized  to  be  made or completed on or before such
    23  effective date.
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