[First Reprint]

SENATE, No. 713

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

220th LEGISLATURE

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2022 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator† RICHARD J. CODEY

District 27 (Essex and Morris)

Senator† ANTHONY M. BUCCO

District 25 (Morris and Somerset)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senator Greenstein

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Requires school districts to include information on events of September 11, 2001 as part of New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Social Studies; requires public schools to hold annual events commemorating September 11, 2001.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As reported by the Senate Education Committee on March 7, 2022, with amendments.

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An Act concerning public school instruction on the events of September 11, 2001 and supplementing chapter 35 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† a.†† 1[Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, each] A1 school district shall include age-appropriate instruction on the events of September 11, 2001 in the curriculum of elementary school, middle school, and high school as part of the districtís implementation of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Social Studies.

†††† b.††† The instruction shall provide students with information on:

†††† (1)†† the historical context of the attack;

†††† (2)†† a timeline of the day as the events unfolded;

†††† (3)†† the heroic actions of the police, firefighters, paramedics, and other first responders in the rescue and recovery of the victims, and the heroic sacrifice of the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93;

†††† (4)†† the outpouring of humanitarian, charitable, and volunteer assistance and support that occurred immediately following the events of that day, and strategies for successfully instilling those traits in daily life;

†††† (5)†† the global response to terrorism following the events of September 11, 2001 and its effect on living in the post-9/11 world, including the delicate balance between the need for safety and security and respecting civil liberties; and

†††† (6)†† strategies for teaching tolerance and accepting and embracing people of different religions and cultures.

†††† c.†††† The Commissioner of Education shall provide school districts with sample learning activities and resources designed to promote awareness of the events of September 11, 2001.

 

†††† 2.††† Each public school shall annually organize a 1[school assembly to commemorate] commemorative event that will enhance student awareness of1 the events of September 11, 2001. In addition to providing students with information concerning the events of September 11, 2001, the 1[assembly] commemorative event1 shall provide students with age-appropriate opportunities for discussion on conflict resolution, diversity, and tolerance for people of different religions and cultures.†

 

†††† 3.††† This act shall take effect immediately 1and shall first apply in the first full school year following the date of enactment1.