January 27, 2014
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Three weeks ago a bill was submitted to the New York State Senate’s education committee that would pose a significant attack on parental rights. S142-2013, sponsored by Ruben Diaz, D-Bronx, and cosponsored by Adraino Espaillat, D-Washington Heights, and John Sampson, D-Brooklyn, would require persons in parental relation with a child of elementary school age to attend parent support programs and complete four workshops, one of which must be related to physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children.
In the bill, as the penalty for non-compliance (or what the lawmakers would consider the reward for compliance), a child’s advancement to the seventh grade is contingent on the parents’ completion of these courses.
The language of the bill expresses its purpose as providing “… parents with educational and support systems that would enhance parenting skills and to provide parents with guidelines and resources necessary to prevent instances of abuse and neglect.”