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Second Substitute H.C.R. 7

This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Feb 25, 2003 at 5:00 PM by kholt. -->

Representative Karen W. Morgan proposes the following substitute bill:





Sponsor: Karen W. Morgan

             6      Judy Ann Buffmire
             7      Brent H. Goodfellow
             8      James R. Gowans
             9      Ann W. Hardy
             10      Bradley T. JohnsonPatricia W. Jones
Brad King
Ty McCartney
Carol Spackman MossJoseph G. Murray
Brent D. Parker
LaWanna Lou Shurtliff
Michael R. Styler              11      This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor urges Utah's public
             12      elementary and secondary schools to promote character and citizenship education
             13      through an emphasis on teaching civic responsibility and respect for others.
             14      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             15          WHEREAS, never before in the history of the United States and the world has there
             16      been a greater need to nurture and teach youth as they develop h [ their notions of character and
             17      citizenship
             18          WHEREAS, schools can play a crucial role in facing the increasing challenge of finding
             19      common ground among those of differing cultures and attitudes;
             20          WHEREAS, during this time of turmoil, the importance of a student's grasp of the
             21      concepts of civic responsibility and respect for the rights of others cannot be underestimated;
             22          WHEREAS, the religious liberty clauses of the First Amendment enable Americans to
             23      find common ground for living respectfully and civilly with one another in the midst of diverse
             24      opinions;
             25          WHEREAS, rights, including religious liberty and h [ freedom of conscience ]
             25a      CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOMS h , are basic,
             26      inalienable, and founded on the inviolable dignity of each person;

             27          WHEREAS, character and citizenship education should emphasize that each individual
             28      is responsible to respect the rights of others and their h [ freedom of conscience ] CONSTITUTIONAL
             28a      FREEDOMS h ;
             29          WHEREAS, students should understand that respecting others is crucial, that debate
             30      and disagreement are vital in a democracy, and that individuals and groups must resolve their
             31      differences and learn to live cordially with those who do not agree;
             32          WHEREAS, respect demands that the manner in which issues are debated is just as
             33      important as the topic of dialogue, and that the heart of good citizenship is a strong
             34      commitment to the civic values that enable people to find common ground and treat one
             35      another with civility and respect in spite of deep differences;
             36          WHEREAS, the promotion of civic responsibility and respect for the rights of others in
             37      Utah's public schools can increase civility and good citizenship among students and spread to
             38      siblings, parents, and ultimately the entire community;
             39          WHEREAS, a group of prominent Utah citizens gathered together in May of 2001 to
             40      form the "Alliance for Unity" in an effort to increase the level of respect and understanding
             41      among the diverse citizens of Utah; and
             42          WHEREAS, promoting civic responsibility and respect for the rights of others can
             43      bring greater peace and happiness and help prepare today's students to make a profound impact
             44      for good on the future of their communities, the nation, and the world:
             45          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             46      Governor concurring therein, urge Utah's public schools to provide character and citizenship
             47      education that promotes civic responsibility and respect for the rights of others, and to
             48      recognize the essential role these principles play in preserving the peace and happiness of each
             49      individual.
             50          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor recognize those
             51      Utah schools and education leaders whose teaching and practicing of civic responsibility and
             52      respect for the rights of others has brought honor and distinction to the state.
             53          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Utah State
             54      Board of Education, the Utah State Office of Education, the Utah State Parent-Teacher
             55      Association, and to each public school district and public elementary and secondary school in
             56      Utah.


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