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H.B. 417






Chief Sponsor: Stewart Barlow

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies a provision relating to public school curriculum.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    includes instruction about the system of electing public officials in a list of subjects
             14      that students are required to be taught in connection with regular school work.
             15      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21          53A-13-109, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapters 404 and 405
             23      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          Section 1. Section 53A-13-109 is amended to read:
             25           53A-13-109. Civic and character education -- Definitions -- Legislative finding --
             26      Elements -- Reporting requirements.
             27          (1) As used in this section:

             28          (a) "Character education" means reaffirming values and qualities of character which
             29      promote an upright and desirable citizenry.
             30          (b) "Civic education" means the cultivation of informed, responsible participation in
             31      political life by competent citizens committed to the fundamental values and principles of
             32      representative democracy in Utah and the United States.
             33          (c) "Values" means time-established principles or standards of worth.
             34          (2) The Legislature recognizes that:
             35          (a) Civic and character education are fundamental elements of the public education
             36      system's core mission as originally intended and established under Article X of the Utah
             37      Constitution;
             38          (b) Civic and character education are fundamental elements of the constitutional
             39      responsibility of public education and shall be a continuing emphasis and focus in public
             40      schools;
             41          (c) the cultivation of a continuing understanding and appreciation of a constitutional
             42      republic and principles of representative democracy in Utah and the United States among
             43      succeeding generations of educated and responsible citizens is important to the nation and
             44      state;
             45          (d) the primary responsibility for the education of children within the state resides with
             46      their parents or guardians and that the role of state and local governments is to support and
             47      assist parents in fulfilling that responsibility;
             48          (e) public schools fulfill a vital purpose in the preparation of succeeding generations of
             49      informed and responsible citizens who are deeply attached to essential democratic values and
             50      institutions; and
             51          (f) the happiness and security of American society relies upon the public virtue of its
             52      citizens which requires a united commitment to a moral social order where self-interests are
             53      willingly subordinated to the greater common good.
             54          (3) Through an integrated curriculum, students shall be taught in connection with
             55      regular school work:
             56          (a) honesty, integrity, morality, civility, duty, honor, service, and obedience to law;
             57          (b) respect for and an understanding of the Declaration of Independence and the
             58      constitutions of the United States and of the state of Utah;

             59          (c) Utah history, including territorial and preterritorial development to the present;
             60          (d) about the process of electing federal, state, and county public officials, including:
             61          (i) registered political party caucuses and the process of selecting delegates to party
             62      conventions;
             63          (ii) a registered political party's nomination of candidates for the ballot; and
             64          (iii) the qualification of unaffiliated candidates for the ballot;
             65          [(d)] (e) the essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system;
             66          [(e)] (f) respect for parents, home, and family;
             67          [(f)] (g) the dignity and necessity of honest labor; and
             68          [(g)] (h) other skills, habits, and qualities of character which will promote an upright
             69      and desirable citizenry and better prepare students to recognize and accept responsibility for
             70      preserving and defending the blessings of liberty inherited from prior generations and secured
             71      by the constitution.
             72          (4) Local school boards and school administrators may provide training, direction, and
             73      encouragement, as needed, to accomplish the intent and requirements of this section and to
             74      effectively emphasize civic and character education in the course of regular instruction in the
             75      public schools.
             76          (5) Civic and character education in public schools are:
             77          (a) not intended to be separate programs in need of special funding or added specialists
             78      to be accomplished; and
             79          (b) core principles which reflect the shared values of the citizens of Utah and the
             80      founding principles upon which representative democracy in the United States and the state of
             81      Utah are based.
             82          (6) To assist the Commission on Civic and Character Education in fulfilling the
             83      commission's duties under Section 67-1a-10 , by December 30 of each year, each school district
             84      and the State Charter School Board shall submit to the lieutenant governor and the commission
             85      a report summarizing how civic and character education are achieved in the school district or
             86      charter schools through an integrated school curriculum and in the regular course of school
             87      work as provided in this section.
             88          (7) Each year, the State Board of Education shall report to the Education Interim
             89      Committee, on or before the October meeting, the methods used, and the results being

             90      achieved, to instruct and prepare students to become informed and responsible citizens through
             91      an integrated curriculum taught in connection with regular school work as required in this
             92      section.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-15-12 11:41 AM

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