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A01157 Summary:

BILL NOA01157
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORPaulin
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §305, Ed L
 
Relates to the creation of a school-based teen dating violence prevention program designed to be incorporated into a school district's existing health curriculum to prevent and reduce the incidence and prevalence of teen dating violence.
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A01157 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A1157
 
SPONSOR: Paulin
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the creation of a school-based teen dating violence prevention program   PURPOSE: To promote education of students regarding teen dating violence.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one amends the public health law by adding a new section 56 to require the commissioner of education, in cooperation with the commis- sioner of health, the office for the prevention of domestic violence and organizations that promote teen dating violence awareness and healthy relationship behaviors to establish a school-based teen dating violence prevention program that shall include(i) age-appropriate curriculum, lesson plans and best practices for students, parents and school person- nel to promote teen dating violence prevention and healthy relationship behaviors; (ii) instructional tools for students, parents and school personnel on healthy relationship behaviors and teen dating violence awareness and prevention; (iii) materials related to teen dating violence prevention and education provided at no cost to every school entity that are also made publicly available on The department's webpage. Outlines that the commissioner shall issue a guidance memoran- dum to schools and inform them about the prevention and education program. The commissioner should urge schools to work with local organ- izations to develop policies and procedures on responding to incidents of teen dating violence and healthy relationship initiatives. Section two sets the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: The prevalence of teen dating violence, particularly in schools, has lasting effects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 10 percent of high school students report physical violence and 11 percent report experiencing sexual violence from a dating partner in the past year. The CDC and other U.S. government agen- cies recommend education and prevention programs in schools to reduce dating violence and to foster healthy relationships. As New York State's programming and training leader for preventing domestic violence and providing services to victims, the New York Coali- tion Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) has done extensive work in this area. It has developed a curriculum on teen dating violence prevention and healthy relationships, which could serve as a model for this program. The most effective programs are community-based, with collaboration between the school and local organizations that promote teen dating violence awareness. Several schools have successfully worked with local domestic violence organizations to implement teen dating violence prevention programs, and such collaboration should be encouraged state- wide. As the statewide membership organization of local direct service domestic violence programs, NYSCADV can facilitate connections between schools and local organizations to develop policies and procedures to best respond to incidents of teen dating violence and to foster healthy relationship behaviors among our school-age children across the state. Teen dating violence is a serious public health concern, and our efforts to address this issue must focus on prevention, specifically through education in schools. Several states have passed legislation to include teen dating violence education in the health curriculum of public schools, including Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio. By requiring the NYS Department of Education to establish a school-based teen dating violence prevention program, we will be better able to help our children and youth recognize inappropriate and harmful behaviors, prevent violence in dating relationships and improve the health, safety and wellbeing of our children.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.I209 in 2021 and 2022, referred to education / S.757 referred to education. A.355 in 2019 and 2020, referred to education / S.3453 referred to education. A.5354A in 2017 and 2018, referred to education. / Same as S.4528A in 2017 and 2018, committed to education.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A01157 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          1157
 
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 13, 2023
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. PAULIN -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Education
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  education law, in relation to the creation of a
          school-based teen dating violence prevention program
 
          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.  School-based  teen  dating  violence  prevention  program. a. The
     4  commissioner shall consult and  collaborate  with  the  commissioner  of
     5  health, the office for the prevention of domestic violence and organiza-
     6  tions that promote teen dating violence awareness, prevention and educa-
     7  tion,  as  well  as other interested parties, to establish and develop a
     8  school-based teen dating violence prevention program within the  depart-
     9  ment.  Such  program shall be defined by the commissioner in regulations
    10  after consultation with the department of health and the office for  the
    11  prevention  of  domestic  violence  and be designed to educate students,
    12  parents and school personnel about healthy relationship behaviors,  teen
    13  dating  violence  awareness  and  prevention.  The  teen dating violence
    14  awareness prevention program shall include but not be limited to:
    15    (i) age-appropriate model curriculum, exemplar lesson plans  and  best
    16  practice  instructional  resources  for  students,  parents  and  school
    17  personnel  developed  or  approved  to  promote  awareness  of   healthy
    18  relationship  behaviors  and teen dating violence prevention. Such model
    19  curriculum, lesson plans and instructional resources shall  include  but
    20  not be limited to information on healthy relationship behaviors and teen
    21  dating  violence, recognizing the warning signs of teen dating violence,
    22  and a discussion of local community  resources  that  are  available  to
    23  teens in an abusive relationship;
    24    (ii)  instructional  tools  and  materials  for  students, parents and
    25  school personnel developed or approved in collaboration with the commis-
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02143-01-3

        A. 1157                             2
 
     1  sioner of health and the office for the prevention of domestic violence,
     2  which shall include updated data and information on healthy relationship
     3  behaviors and teen dating violence  awareness  and  prevention,  with  a
     4  review  of such data and information to occur periodically, at intervals
     5  deemed appropriate by the commissioner, the commissioner of  health  and
     6  the office for prevention of domestic violence; and
     7    (iii)  public availability of all materials related to the teen dating
     8  violence awareness prevention program on  a  dedicated  webpage  on  the
     9  department's internet website, and all materials shall be provided at no
    10  cost   to  every  school  district,  board  of  cooperative  educational
    11  services, charter school and nonpublic school upon request.
    12    b. The commissioner shall issue a guidance memorandum to every  school
    13  district,  board of cooperative educational services, charter school and
    14  nonpublic school, to inform them of the availability of the teen  dating
    15  violence  awareness prevention program and to encourage them to work and
    16  collaborate with local organizations that promote teen  dating  violence
    17  awareness,  prevention  and education and to develop policies and proce-
    18  dures on responding to incidents of teen  dating  violence  and  healthy
    19  relationship initiatives.  The commissioner shall annually remind school
    20  districts,  boards  of cooperative educational services, charter schools
    21  and nonpublic schools, of  the  availability  of  teen  dating  violence
    22  awareness  and  prevention  materials  as  part  of teen dating violence
    23  awareness and prevention month.
    24    § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July  next  succeeding
    25  the date on which it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the
    26  addition,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation necessary
    27  for the implementation of this act on its effective date are  authorized
    28  to be made and completed on or before such effective date.
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