LTS Changing LAWS!!
MARCH 19, 2010
I'm SO Excited.
And I can't even begin to hide it. Even though I have an interview in an hour and a half I just have to share the news.
The bill that I filed last year as Miss New York sponsored by Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell ... was PASSED!!! It. Is. A. LAW. (Well, on July 1st it is!)
Here's what the official bill states (if read aloud by me, it would have an exclamation at the end of each sentence):
"Section one of the bill adds a new section 815 to the Education Law. The new section establishes a school based service learning based, in large part, on the Maryland program set forth in COMAR (Code of Maryland Regulations) 13A.03.02.06, requiring students to participate in community service learning programs in order to graduate from high school.
Starting with the 9th grade class in the 2010-2011 school year, students are to complete one of two community service options in order to graduate from high school. The first option, set forth in new Education Law 815(1)(a) and 3(a) , is a 40 hour requirement that complies with guidelines to be issued by the NYS Education Department. The second option, set forth in new Education Law, 815(1)(b) and 3(b), is a locally designed program that has been approved by the NYS Commissioner of Education or the Commissioner's designee. The new requirements will first apply to students who graduate from high school in the spring of 2014."
People often asked me whats I wanted my legacy as Miss New York to be. This is it. A generation of compassionate New Yorkers introduced to service even if it doesn't happen or begin in the home. This will be an impetus to thousands of lives changed. And I'm so happy for my state.
I don't cry often as you know, but my eyes are filled with happy tears.
Have a wonderful Friday, y'all! And, have a glass of wine for me tonight!
PS: Please excuse the absurd amount of exclamation points. I'm on Cloud 9.
POSTED BY LEIGH-TAYLOR SMITH