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A07841 Summary:

BILL NOA07841A
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORNolan
 
COSPNSRJaffee
 
MLTSPNSR
 
 
Requires the commissioner of education to prepare and submit a report on student discipline and best practices for establishing a safe, respectful and supportive learning environment.
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A07841 Actions:

BILL NOA07841A
 
05/16/2017referred to education
06/01/2017amend and recommit to education
06/01/2017print number 7841a
06/06/2017reported referred to ways and means
06/08/2017reported referred to rules
06/15/2017reported
06/15/2017rules report cal.408
06/15/2017ordered to third reading rules cal.408
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A07841 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A7841A
 
SPONSOR: Nolan
  TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to a report on student discipline and best practices for establishing a safe, respectful and supportive learning environment   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to establish a report on student discipline to study and make recommendations on policies and procedures regarding school climate, student safety and accountability.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill requires the commissioner, by June 30, 2018, to consult with stakeholders to prepare and submit to the governor, tempo- rary president of the senate, and speaker of the assembly a report on student discipline and best practices for establishing a safe and supportive learning environment. The report must study and make recom- mendations on policies that may be implemented by schools to create a school climate that promotes positive student behaviors and student accountability. The report must also consider the use of restorative practices.   JUSTIFICATION: Across New York State, discriminatory practices and harsh disciplinary penalties continue to be a serious problem. Practices that always seek punitive disciplinary measures hurt our students and have been shown to disproportionately affect students of color. A holistic approach to student justice would not only seek to create disincentives for misbe- havior, but would help build a positive, more inclusive school environ- ment focused around cooperation and communication. As school discipline and the use of restorative justice practices in schools have been gain- ing more attention nationwide, it is time New York State seek to learn more about best practices schools can use to create a more positive, safe inclusive school climate. This bill would help start a statewide conversation on school discipline.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unknown   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
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A07841 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         7841--A
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      May 16, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. NOLAN -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Education -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered  reprinted
          as amended and recommitted to said committee
 
        AN  ACT in relation to a report on student discipline and best practices
          for establishing a safe, respectful and supportive  learning  environ-
          ment

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1.  No later than January 1, 2020, the commissioner of  educa-
     2  tion  shall  prepare and submit to the governor, the temporary president
     3  of the senate and the speaker of the assembly a report on student disci-
     4  pline and  best  practices  for  establishing  a  safe,  respectful  and
     5  supportive learning environment. Such report shall study and make recom-
     6  mendations  on  programs, practices and policies that may be implemented
     7  by schools to establish a school climate that promotes positive  student
     8  behaviors,  holds  students accountable and keeps students in school and
     9  class. Such report shall  consider  the  use  of  restorative  practices
    10  including  but  not  limited to conflict resolution, mediation, and peer
    11  counseling in addressing student  misconduct.  Such  commissioner  shall
    12  consult  with  stakeholders  and other interested parties when preparing
    13  such report.
    14    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD11225-02-7
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