8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill modifies provisions regarding civic and character education.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 ▸ repeals one report and amends the receiving entity for another report on civics and
14 character education.
15 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
17 Other Special Clauses:
19 Utah Code Sections Affected:
21 53G-10-204, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapter 3
23 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
24 Section 1. Section 53G-10-204 is amended to read:
25 53G-10-204. 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
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
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
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) the essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system;
61 (e) respect for parents, home, and family;
62 (f) the dignity and necessity of honest labor; and
63 (g) other skills, habits, and qualities of character which will promote an upright and
64 desirable citizenry and better prepare students to recognize and accept responsibility for
65 preserving and defending the blessings of liberty inherited from prior generations and secured
66 by the constitution.
67 (4) Local school boards and school administrators may provide training, direction, and
68 encouragement, as needed, to accomplish the intent and requirements of this section and to
69 effectively emphasize civic and character education in the course of regular instruction in the
70 public schools.
71 (5) Civic and character education in public schools are:
72 (a) not intended to be separate programs in need of special funding or added specialists
73 to be accomplished; and
74 (b) core principles which reflect the shared values of the citizens of Utah and the
75 founding principles upon which representative democracy in the United States and the state of
76 Utah are based.
84 Education Interim Committee[
85 Civic and Character Education the methods used, and the results being achieved, to instruct and
86 prepare students to become informed and responsible citizens through an integrated curriculum
87 taught in connection with regular school work as required in this section.