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A07841 Summary:

BILL NOA07841
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORNolan
 
COSPNSR
 
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 NOA07841
 
05/16/2017referred to education
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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: A7841
 
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
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      May 16, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. NOLAN -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Education
 
        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 June 30, 2018, the commissioner of education
     2  shall prepare and submit to the governor, the temporary president of the
     3  senate  and  the  speaker of the assembly a report on student discipline
     4  and best practices for establishing a safe,  respectful  and  supportive
     5  learning  environment.  Such report shall study and make recommendations
     6  on programs, practices and policies that may be implemented  by  schools
     7  to  establish a school climate that promotes positive student behaviors,
     8  holds students accountable and keeps students in school and class.  Such
     9  report shall consider the use of restorative practices including but not
    10  limited  to  conflict  resolution,  mediation,  and  peer  counseling in
    11  addressing student misconduct.  Such  commissioner  shall  consult  with
    12  stakeholders and other interested parties when preparing such report.
    13    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD11225-01-7
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