Authorizes the commissioner of education to conduct a survey regarding instruction on the Holocaust within the state; provides a report shall be delivered which includes detailed results of the survey, the extent the survey data submitted was compliant with section eight hundred one of the education law, and if needed, recommendations to strengthen provisions of law if not compliant.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A472C
SPONSOR: Rozic (MS)
TITLE OF BILL:
An act in relation to authorizing the commissioner of education to
conduct a survey regarding instruction on the Holocaust within the state
To require the commissioner of education to conduct a survey and submit
a report to the governor and legislature regarding compliance with the
requirement to provide a instruction on the holocaust.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section I authorizes the commissioner of education to conduct a survey
to determine which school districts are offering instruction on the
holocaust in compliance with section 801 of the education law. The
survey will include questions on how the district is meeting the learn-
ing standards for instruction requirements on the Holocaust pursuant to
section eight hundred one of the education law and will also include an
attestation from each public school district superintendent that indi-
cates instruction related to the Holocaust is provided at all appropri-
ate grade levels.
Sections II details what shall be included in the report and provides
that commissioner shall provide a report on the findings of such survey
by no later than the first of January one year after this act has become
Section III details how non-complaint schools will address the issue and
create a corrective action plan.
Section IV sets forth the effective date.
It is not lost on us that the horrors of the Holocaust are not forgotten
with this year's International Holocaust Remembrance Day marking only 77
years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Every moment we have
to honor the innocent lives lost at the hands of state-sponsored perse-
cution and murder is a step forward in condemning hate and violence
rooted in intolerance and oppression. Not only is it our societal
responsibility to commemorate the lives lost, we must continue making
conscious efforts to educate future generations on how important human
rights declarations are in the prevention of genocide.
Recent news stories have featured a controversial high school assignment
in which students were instructed to provide their "Nazi point of view"
in support of the Holocaust. This troubling assignment comes amidst a
rise of anti-Semitic vandalism and threats of violence against our
communities. With the ADL reporting drastic increases in antisemitic
incidents year after year and recent studies showing an embarrassing
lack of Holocaust knowledge among New Yorkers.
Passage of this legislation would ensure that all of our children are
accurately taught about this moment in history so that we can truly live
up to our pledge of never again.
2020: A2182 (Rozic) - Education
2019: A2182 (Rozic) - Education
2018: A8527 (Rozic) - Education
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
January 6, 2021
Introduced by M. of A. ROZIC, WEINSTEIN, LAVINE, GRIFFIN, EICHENSTEIN,
CYMBROWITZ, CARROLL, THIELE, COLTON, CRUZ, BRAUNSTEIN, CUSICK, AUBRY,
EPSTEIN, SIMON, MORINELLO, TAYLOR, PHEFFER AMATO, McDONOUGH,
SEAWRIGHT, B. MILLER, DeSTEFANO, NORRIS, SMULLEN, L. ROSENTHAL, RAMOS,
ABBATE, HYNDMAN, COOK, WEPRIN, DINOWITZ, STIRPE, NIOU, SMITH, RA,
BYRNE, MIKULIN, SILLITTI, BARNWELL, ENGLEBRIGHT, PAULIN, DURSO, STERN,
McMAHON, GALEF, MONTESANO, FERNANDEZ, BICHOTTE HERMELYN, D. ROSENTHAL,
GLICK, LAWLER, FITZPATRICK, PALMESANO, BRABENEC, JACOBSON, DE LOS
SANTOS, KELLES, SCHMITT, K. BROWN, E. BROWN -- Multi-Sponsored by --
M. of A. TAGUE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Educa-
tion -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
amended and recommitted to said committee -- reference changed to the
Committee on Ways and Means -- recommitted to the Committee on Ways
and Means in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee
discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
to said committee -- again reported from said committee with amend-
ments, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
AN ACT in relation to authorizing the commissioner of education to
conduct a survey regarding instruction on the Holocaust within the
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The commissioner of education is authorized and directed to
2 conduct a survey regarding instruction on the Holocaust within the
3 state. Such survey shall focus on identifying which school districts
4 subject to section eight hundred one of the education law provide
5 instruction on the Holocaust. Such survey shall include as appropriate,
6 questions on how the district is meeting the learning standards for
7 instruction requirements on the Holocaust pursuant to section eight
8 hundred one of the education law. Such survey shall also require an
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
A. 472--C 2
1 attestation from each school district superintendent that indicates
2 instruction related to the Holocaust is provided at all appropriate
3 grade levels in compliance with section eight hundred one of the educa-
4 tion law.
5 § 2. Findings shall include detailed results of the survey, the extent
6 the survey data submitted was compliant with section eight hundred one
7 of the education law, and if needed, recommendations to strengthen
8 provisions of law if not compliant. A report of the findings of such
9 survey shall be delivered to the governor, the temporary president of
10 the senate, the speaker of the assembly, the minority leader of the
11 senate and the minority leader of the assembly the first of January
12 following the effective date of this act or one hundred twenty days
13 after the effective date of this act, whichever is later.
14 § 3. Each school district that does not respond to such survey or does
15 not affirmatively attest that such instruction is provided pursuant to
16 section two of this act shall prepare and implement a corrective action
17 plan to comply with the instruction required by section eight hundred
18 one of the education law. Such corrective action plan shall be submitted
19 for approval by the commissioner of education in a timeframe, and form
20 and format, acceptable to the commissioner.
21 § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.