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From the ECS State Policy Database
Civic Education


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State Status/Date Level Summary
ILSigned into law 07/2014P-12Task Force on Civic Education
S.B. 2728
Extends deadline for the Task Force on Civic Education to report its findings and recommendations to the general assembly to December 31, 2014 (was May 31, 2014). Amends repealer on task force provisions to December 31, 2015 (was May 31, 2015). http://www.ilga...

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CASigned into law 07/2014P-12Voter Registration Activities at High Schools
A.B. 1817
Partially from bill summary: Amends provisions regarding registering high school students and school personnel to vote. Permits the administrator of a high school, or his/her designee, to appoint one or more pupils to be voter outreach coordinators. Permits a ...

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LASigned into law 06/2014P-12
Postsec.
High School Graduation Requirements in Civics, TOPS Eligibility Requirements
H.B. 1115
Effective with students entering grade 9 in the 2014-15 school year, permits Government, AP US Government and Politics: Comparative, or AP US Government and Politics: United States to be substituted for unit of civics required for high school graduation. Amend...

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LASigned into law 06/2014P-12Legislative Youth Advisory Council
S.B. 43
Amends membership and staffing of the Legislative Youth Advisory Council. Designates Louisiana Commission on Civic Education as appointing authority. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=913457&n=SB43%20Act...

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TNSigned into law 05/2014P-12Community Schools
S.B. 1924
Authorizes and encourages the creation of community schools.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/SB1924.pdf...

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HIAdopted 04/2014P-12Increasing Voter Registration among Young Adults
H.R. 25/S.C.R. 41
Requests the department of education and the department of human services to assist with increasing voter registration among young adults. Requests the department of education to provide public school seniors with voter registration information. Requests the d...

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HIAdopted 04/2014P-12Strengthening Civic Education
H.R. 27
Urges the department of education to strengthen and reinforce the civic readiness, education and engagement of public K-12 students. Urges the department of education to enhance social studies courses and integrate content, processes, strategies, and proven pr...

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VASigned into law 03/2014P-12Commission on Civics Education
H.B. 364
Reestablishes the Commission on Civics Education, which expired on June 30, 2013. The purposes of the Commission are to educate students on the importance of citizen involvement in a constitutional republic, promote the study of state and local governmentamong...

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NMVetoed 03/2014P-12Summer Civics Courses as Electives
S.B. 169
Allows summer civics courses to be offered as electives.
http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/14%20Regular/final/SB0169.pdf...

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SDSigned into law 02/2014P-12Executive Branch Internship Program
H.B. 1035
Creates a student intern program within the Bureau of Human Resources to provide administrative internships for students to foster knowledge and understanding of the governmental process and to provide assistance to the executive branch of state government.
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CASigned into law 10/2013P-12Voter Education in American Government and Civics Curriculum
A.B. 700
From bill summary: Requires the Instructional Quality Commission, when the history-social science framework is revised, to ensure that voter education information is included in the American government and civics curriculum at the high school level, including,...

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CASigned into law 09/2013P-12Civics
A.B. 137
From bill summary: Existing law requires the Instructional Quality Commission to review and revise, as necessary, the course requirements in the history-social science framework to ensure that minimum standards for courses in American government and civics inc...

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ILSigned into law 08/2013P-12Task Force on Civic Education
H.B. 2428
Directs the state board to establish the Task Force on Civic Education. Sets forth provisions concerning the members of the task force. Directs the task force to (1) analyze the current state of civic education in this State; (2) analyze current civic educatio...

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LASigned into law 05/2013P-12Membership of the Louisiana Commission on Civic Education
H.B. 298
Adds a member representing the Louisiana District Judges Association, and the chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court (or designee) to the Louisiana Commission on Civic Education. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=853539&n=HB298%20Act...

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FLSigned into law 04/2013P-12Middle Grades Assessment
S.B. 1076 - Middle Grades Assessments
Provides middle grades students' successful completion of a high school Algebra I or geometry course is not contingent on Common Core Algebra I or geometry assessments once state transitions to those assessments. Removes requirement that a middle grades studen...

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MTSigned into law 04/2013P-12U.S. Flag in Every Classroom
S.B. 340
Requires a U.S. flag in every school classroom, beginning the school year starting after July 1, 2014.
http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2013/billpdf/SB0340.pdf...

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COSigned into law 04/2013Postsec.Voter Registration At Public Higher Ed Institution
H.B. 1147
Directs any state institution of higher education using an electronic course registration process to allow each student registering for courses electronically the opportunity to register to vote by being given the option to be electronically directed to the se...

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MTSigned into law 04/2013P-12Revise legislative goals for public schools
H.B. 182
Revises legislative goals for public schools. Adds an emphasis on literacy and numeracy, strategic reasoning, and an understanding of political, social, and economic systems of the United States and the world.
http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2013/sesslaws/ch0222.pdf...

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UTSigned into law 04/2013P-12State Capitol Field Trip Funding
H.B. 363
Authorizes the state board to award grants to districts and charter schools to pay for transportation costs related to student field trips to the state capitol. Directs the state board to adopt rules establishing procedures for applying for and awarding grants...

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CASigned into law 09/2012P-12California Youth Leadership Project
S.B. 803
Primarmily from bill summary: Defines "disconnected and disadvantaged youth" for purposes of these provisions to include, but not be limited to, homeless youth between the ages of 18-24, youth with disabilities, youth who are from minority racial or ethnic gro...

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OHSigned into law 03/2012P-12American History and American Government
S.B. 165
Directs the state board to incorporate into the grades 4-12 social studies standards content regarding the Declaration of Independence, the Northwest Ordinance, the U.S. Constitution and its amendments, with emphasis on the Bill of Rights, and the Ohio Constit...

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NVSigned into law 06/2011P-12Citizenship
S.B. 237
Provides for the creation of a nonprofit corporation, with a Board of Directors appointed by the Legislative Commission, to provide educational programs and opportunities and administer and oversee the activities of the Youth Legislature. Provides for a acount...

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TNSigned into law 06/2011P-12Curriculum Standards for US and State Government
H.B. 1625
Requires the state board of education, in consultation with the department of education, to review the current elementary and secondary curriculum standards for the subject of United States and Tennessee government. - Amends TCA Title 49.
http://state.tn.us/so...

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TNSigned into law 06/2011P-12Review of Civics Education Curriculum Standards
S.B. 1483
Directs the state board of education, in consultation with the department of education, to review the curriculum standards for civics education to determine whether the course of instruction in all public schools is designed to effectively and rigorously educa...

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NVSigned into law 06/2011P-12Community Services
S.B. 96
Encouraging a student who receives a Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship to volunteer at least 20 hours of community service per year....

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ILAdopted 05/2011P-12Illinois Democracy Schools
S.R. 149
Commends the efforts of those schools that have already taken the necessary steps to become Illinois Democracy Schools; encourages all secondary schools in the state to take the necessary steps to become Illinois Democracy Schools, and resolves that each schoo...

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AZSigned into law 04/2011P-12Character Education
S.B. 1055
Authorizes the Arizona Department of Education to annually retain 7% of the program's state matching grant funds for administrative purposes. Chapter 223
http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/50leg/1r/bills/sb1055s.pdf...

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UTSigned into law 03/2011P-12Civic and Character Education
H.B. 269
Directs each school district and the state charter school board to submit to the lieutenant governor and the commission on civic and character education a report summarizing how civic and character education are achieved in the district or charter schools thro...

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UTSigned into law 03/2011P-12Character and Civic Education
H.B. 327
Directs the state board of education to annually report to the education interim committee the methods used and the results being achieved to instruct and prepare students to become informed and responsible citizens through an integrated character and civic ed...

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KYSigned into law 03/2011P-12Voting Information for 12th Grade Students
H.B. 192
Requires secondary schools to provide information to 12th grade students on how to register to vote, vote in an election using a ballot, and vote using an absentee ballot. Permits a school to provide this information through classroom activities, written mater...

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VASigned into law 03/2011P-12Commission on Civics Education
S.B. 1054
Clarifies that the Commission on Civics Education will continue until July 1, 2012, if the Commission is funded by a separate appropriation in the general appropriation act or funded with nongeneral funds or donations to sustain its work.
http://lis.virginia.g...

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NYSigned into law 05/2010P-12Students as Election Inspectors or Poll Clerks
A.B. 4467
Permits students age 17 and older, with parental consent, to serve as election inspectors or poll clerks at elections. Requires that such students, if so serving while school is in session, be recorded as in attendance. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default...

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AZSigned into law 05/2010Postsec.Student Voter Registration
H.B. 2668
AN ACT requiring universities and community colleges to adopt a plan to increase student voter registration and voting in elections.
http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/49leg/2r/summary/s.2668ed_revised.doc.htm...

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TNSigned into law 04/2010P-12Course of Instruction that Includes U.S. Government
S.B. 3432
As enacted, urges civics class be taught in high school.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/106/Bill/SB3432.pdf...

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HIAdopted 04/2010P-12Integration of a Pedagogy of Aloha
H.C.R. 167-10
Requesting the board of education to adopt a policy for the integration of a pedagogy of aloha (the Hawaiian cultural principle that entails the love of self, family and the wider community) in public schools for improved learning in the 21st century. http://w...

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VAIssued 03/2010P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Establishing the Governor's Advisory Board on Volunteerism and National Service
E.O. 20
Establishes Governor's Advisory Board on Volunteerism and National Service. The Board will comply with the provisions of the National and Community Services Trust Act of 1993 and to advise the Governor and Cabinet Secretaries on matters related to promotion an...

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VASigned into law 03/2010P-12Civics Education
S.B. 715
Requires the Board of Education to promulgate regulations to require all education preparation programs for teachers in history and social sciences, elementary education pre K-6, and middle education 6-8 to include local government and civics instruction speci...

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CAVetoed 10/2009P-12Excused Absence to Participate in Civic Engagement Activities
A.B. 796
Amends existing law that authorizes a pupil to be excused from school for specified reasons. Includes civic engagement activities offered by a nonprofit organization or a governmental entity among the types of absences that are excused. Provides a pupil may no...

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CASigned into law 09/2009P-12Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day
A.B. 717
Requires the Governor to annually proclaim March 30 of each year as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. Encourages schools to conduct exercises on that date each year to recognize the contributions of those involved in the conflict. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pu...

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ILSigned into law 07/2009P-12Congressional Medal of Honor Film
S.B. 1675
Provides that each school district must require all students in grade 7 and all high school students enrolled in a course concerning U.S. history or a combination of U.S. history and American government to view the Congressional Medal of Honor film made by the...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Pledge of Allegiance
H.B. 1 - Section 3313.602
From DOE summary of H.B. 1: Prohibits school districts from preventing a teacher from having students recite the Pledge of Allegiance in the teacher's classroom. Prohibits school districts from altering the Pledge of Allegiance from the wording set forth in th...

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ORSigned into law 06/2009P-12Citizenship
H.B. 3473
Directs school districts that include a public high school to adopt plans to encourage students to register to vote and to vote in elections; requires the State Board of Education to incorporate voter registration skills into Essential Learning Skills. Chapter...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Student Election Clerks
S.B. 1134
Allows certain high school students to serve as election clerks. Provides an excused absence for such service. Adds new section 33.092 allowing a student election clerk to apply such time served toward a school service requirement or school project requirement...

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ORSigned into law 06/2009P-12Citizenship
S.B. 374
Establishes Oregon Civics Day for Teachers on first Friday in December; urges school districts to encourage teachers to participate in professional development opportunities focused on civics; declares emergency, effective July 1, 2009. Chapter 419
http://www....

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NVSigned into law 05/2009P-12Citizenship Education
S.B. 161
Changes the name of the Youth Legislative Issues Forum to the Youth Legislature; revising the appointment process and eligibility requirements for the members; expands the eligibility requirements to authorize a pupil to apply not only to the Senator of the di...

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WASigned into law 05/2009P-12Youth Advisory Council
S.B. 5229
Eliminates the expiration of the legislative youth advisory council; provides that the council's duties are contingent on available funding. Chapter 410
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2009-10/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Law%202009/5229-S.SL.pdf...

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WASigned into law 04/2009P-12Civics Education
H.B. 2132
Regards instruction in civics; requires the state board of education, if the board increases the number of course credits in social studies that are required for high school graduation, to also require that at least one-half credit of that requirement be cours...

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OKSigned into law 04/2009P-12Founding Documents; Religious Materials
H.B. 1756
Directs each school district to adopt a policy, with grade-level-appropriate instructional levels, that assures that all students are encouraged, and have the opportunity, to read and study the founding documents of America that are pertinent to understanding ...

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VASigned into law 04/2009P-12Membership of the Commission on Civics Education
S.B. 1453
Adds one nonlegislative citizen member, who must be a student that has successfully completed the civics curriculum in his school division, to the membership of the Commission; extends the Commission.
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?091+ful+SB1453E...

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CASigned into law 09/2008P-12civic education
S.B. 1274
Requires that, when pupils are instructed with regard to the words of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America as part of patriotic exercises, the school provide a combination of the giving of the pledge and the instruction describe...

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ILSigned into law 08/2008P-12
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Community College
Commission on Children and Youth
H.B. 4456
Creates the Commission on Children and Youth Act. Provides for membership, appointments, goals, recommendations, and reports. Provides that the Early Learning Council must have primary responsibility for development of a five-year strategic plan for children a...

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RISigned into law 07/2008P-12Juniors and Seniors as Election Officials
H.B. 7833
Allows high school juniors and seniors to be appointed as election officials. http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/PublicLaws/law08/law08231.htm...

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TNSigned into law 05/2008P-12Instruction on Nonviolence
H.B. 2790
Urges all public schools to provide instruction on nonviolence as means to conflict resolution as part of character education curriculum. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 10.
http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/currentga/BILL/HB2790.pdf...

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OKSigned into law 04/2008P-12
H.B. 2229
Amends existing law which requires public school districts to include instruction concerning the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution during Celebrate Freedom Week; requires the instruction to be grade appropriate; requires inclusion ...

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MDSigned into law 04/2008P-12Student Voting Rights
H.B. 1258
Declares the intent of the General Assembly that teachers of Baltimore City public high school students inform students about the federal, State, and Baltimore City election processes and the importance of exercising the right to vote and registering to vote.
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UTSigned into law 03/2008P-12Registering High School Seniors to Vote
S.B. 125
Modifies the Election Code by amending certain provisions for registering high school seniors to vote. http://le.utah.gov/~2008/bills/sbillenr/sb0125.pdf...

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UTAdopted 03/2008P-12Standards for School District Discipline Plans
R277-609
Provides that all charter schools (and schools if district does not have districtwide plan) must develop a school-wide written model for prevention and intervention for student behavior management and discipline procedures for students who habitually disrupt s...

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LAAdopted 11/2007P-12Business Manager and Constitution Day
LAC 28:CXV.503, 2305
Amends sections of Bulletin 741 - Handbook for School Administrators.

503: Adds business manager to the list of certified personnel a district is required to hire. This addition was required by a new state statute.

2305: Requires schools to have an educatio...

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MATo governor 11/2007P-12Commonwealth Corps
S.B. 2301
Establishes the Commonwealth Corps; provides for volunteer community service; creates a pilot program for the Commonwealth Student Corps.
http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/senate/185/st02/st02301.htm...

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ILSigned into law 11/2007P-12
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Community College
Election Judges and Election Day
S.B. 662
Amends the Election Code. Allows high school juniors to serve as election judges. Allows an individual not entitled to vote in a precinct or county to serve as an election judge if the individual is a student at a community college or public or private Illinoi...

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CAVetoed 10/2007P-12Citizenship education
A.B. 466
Authorizes service by a pupil as a member of a precinct board for an election to be independent study. Exempts that pupil from the requirement that the pupil participate in the activity for 5 or more consecutive schooldays if, among other things, the pupil is ...

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CAVetoed 09/2007P-12Citizenship
A.B. 183
Requires each school district with at least one high school to report the voter registration efforts described in provisions of existing law and to publish those efforts prominently and annually on the Internet Web sites of its high schools and in parent newsl...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007P-12Civic Education Advancement
H.B. 2787
Provides that funding for civic education professional development for high school teachers must be provided by line item appropriation made to the state board of education. Provides for funding based on high school enrollment as reported on the state board of...

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ORSigned into law 07/2007P-12Task Force on Civics and Financial Education
H.B. 2584
Creates a Task Force on Civics and Financial Education to study and make recommendations about how to increase and improve civics and financial education in kindergarten through grade 12 public schools.
http://www.leg.state.or.us/07reg/measpdf/hb2500.dir/hb258...

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ORSigned into law 07/2007P-12Student Voting
S.B. 951
Directs community colleges and state institutions of higher education to adopt plans to encourage students to register to vote and to vote in elections; requires that students receive information about activities related to voting that are prohibited by law an...

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NCSigned into law 06/2007P-12Excused Absences for Pages
H.B. 1464
Directs the board of education to adopt rules providing for excused absences from school for legislative and governor's pages.
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2007/Bills/House/HTML/H1464v0.html...

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LASigned into law 06/2007P-12Legislative Youth Advisory Council
S.B. 46
Establishes the Legislative Youth Advisory Council as an initiative under the administration of the state commission on civic education. Provides that the purpose of the council is to examine and facilitate communication between youth and the legislature on is...

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CTSigned into law 06/2007P-12Democracy Education in Elementary Schools
H.B. 7017
Concerns democracy education in elementary schools; requires students in the fourth or fifth grade to take part in a program of participatory democracy.
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2007/ACT/Pa/pdf/2007PA-00138-R00HB-07017-PA.pdf...

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NVSigned into law 05/2007P-12Nevada Youth Legislative Issues Forum
S.B. 247
Create the Nevada Youth Legislative Issues Forum, consisting of 21 members who are enrolled in grades 9-12. Sets forth the powers and duties of the Forum. The Forum must hold at least two public hearings each school year, review issues of importance to the you...

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KSSigned into law 05/2007P-12Bullying Prevention and Character Education
S.B. 68 (Section 4)
Defines "bullying." Directs each local board, by January 2008, to adopt a policy prohibiting bullying on school property, in a school vehicle or at a school-
sponsored activity or event. Also directs each local board to adopt a plan to address bullying; requir...

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MDSigned into law 04/2007P-12Commission on Civic Literacy
S.B. 492
Establishes a Commission on Civic Literacy; requires the Commission to elect specified officers from among its members; requires the State Department of Education to provide staff and specified other support to the Commission; prohibits a member of the Commiss...

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NHSigned into law 04/2007P-12Civics and Economics Assessments
H.B. 167
Adds civics and economics to the required areas of assessment in the statewide improvement and assessment program. Specifies that the assessment will be conducted in grades 3rd-8th and one grade in high school.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2007/...

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WASigned into law 04/2007P-12Legislative Yourth Advisory Council
H.B. 1052
Adds a new section acknowledging the importance of the legislative youth advisory council. Amends prior legislative appointment process to allow students to apply to be considered for participation in the program by completing an online application form and su...

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AZSigned into law 04/2007P-12Character Education, Charter Schools
H.B. 2204
Concerns the Character Education Office; makes an appropriation; relates to public and charter schools. Changes administration of the program from the Northern Arizona University to the Department of Education and stipulates procedure for disbursement of the g...

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COSigned into law 04/2007P-12
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Display of Flags in Education and Other Institutions
H.B. 1050
Concerns the display of flags. Allows display of flags from countries other than the U.S. or the state of Colorado under particular circumstances, including for educational, cultural or historical purposes with the prior permission of the chief administrative ...

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IASigned into law 04/2007P-12Students as Precinct Election Board Members
H.F. 618
Allows a county commissioner of elections to appoint high school students in good standing to serve as precinct election board members. http://coolice.legis.state.ia.us/Cool-ICE/default.asp?Category=BillInfo&Service=Billbook&ga=82&hbill=HF618...

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NDSigned into law 03/2007P-12Geography, Government Education
S.B. 1172
Amends several pieces of required instruction; changes from United States history, geography, and government to 1) geography; 2) government; and 3) North Dakota studies, with an emphasis on the geography, history, and agriculture of this state, in the fourth a...

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VASigned into law 03/2007P-12Veterans Day Commemoration
H.B. 2601
Requires the Board of Education to make available to local school divisions information regarding the commemoration of Veterans Day in public schools. hhttp://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?071+ful+HB2601ER...

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VASigned into law 03/2007P-12Commemoration of George Washington's Birthday
H.B. 2837
Requires the Department of Education to make information available to local school divisions regarding the commemoration of George Washington's birthday in the public schools. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?071+ful+HB2837ER...

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WVAdopted 03/2007P-12Dec. 7, 1941 Day of Remembrance
S.C.R. 51
Requests the Governor issue a proclamation on December 7th of each year declaring a State Day of Remembrance honoring all West Virginia patriots of World War II and encouraging all political subdivisions and state school districts to pay proper tribute in its ...

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UTPREFILED 12/2006P-12Civic Education
S.C.R. 2
This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor expresses support for civic education and Utah's Legislators Back to School Program. http://www.le.state.ut.us/~2007/bills/sbillint/scr002.pdf...

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NJSigned into law 12/2006P-12Gang Violence Instruction
A.B. 1650; S.B. 1749
Requires boards of education to offer elementary school students instruction in gang violence prevention.

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp...

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CAVetoed 09/2006P-12Tolerance Education Pilot Program
A.B. 1056
Establishes the Tolerance Education Pilot Program to promote instruction to public schools on tolerance and intergroup relations as part of the instruction in the history/social science content standards. Requires the Department of Education to select 10 schoo...

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CAVetoed 09/2006P-12Content of Textbooks and Student Characteristics
S.B. 1437
Relates to existing law which prohibits instruction or school sponsored activities and the adopting of textbooks or other instructional materials that contain any matter that reflects adversely upon specified persons. Revises the list of characteristics includ...

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NCSigned into law 07/2006P-12Display of U.S. and North Carolina Flag
S.B. 700
Directs local boards of education, charter schools, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and the North Carolina school of science and mathematics to require the display of the united states and North Carolina flags and to require recitation of the pledge of ...

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NCSigned into law 07/2006P-12Importance of Memorial Day
H.B. 836
Directs the state board of education to develop programs for use in schools on the meaning and importance of memorial day.
http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2005/Bills/House/HTML/H836v5.html...

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AZSigned into law 06/2006P-12Civic Education Commission
H.B. 2788
Concerns the State Commission on Civic Education and Civic Engagement; relates to membership and duties; provides a repeal of the termination date.
http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/47leg/2r/bills/hb2788h.pdf...

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AZSigned into law 06/2006P-12
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Display of Flag in Classrooms
H.B. 2583
School districts and charter schools must display United States flag in each classroom and upon or new the outside of the school during school hours. For grades 7-12, the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights must be placed adjacent to each...

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TNSigned into law 05/2006P-12Civic Education Commission
S.B. 2586
Establishes a commission on civic education. The commission is will: (1) Research the current policies and practices in civic education at the state and local level; and (2) Recommend to the governor, the education committee of the senate and the education com...

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WISigned into law 05/2006P-12High School Poll Workers
Act. No. 451
Eliminates the minimum grade point average requirement for poll workers who are high school students. Authorizes school boards to develop criteria for approving students to serve as poll workers. Also modifies the term of service of a high school pupil appoin...

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VTSigned into law 05/2006P-12Civics Education
H.B. 867 - Section 29
Directs the commissioner of education to convene a council on civics education to strengthen civics education opportunities for all Vermonters. Directs the council to:
(1) continually assess the status of civics education in Vermont schools at all education...

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MESigned into law 05/2006P-12Task Force on Citizenship Education
H.B. 1504; LD2112
Reestablishes the Task Force on Citizenship Education and extends a reporting deadline; provides that the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters may report out legislation based on the report to the First Regular...

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MNSigned into law 05/2006P-12Character Education
H.B. 4162
Creates a pilot program to allow school districts to receive character development education revenue to purchase curriculum for the purposes of Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.232. Character development education revenue for school districts equals $30 times ...

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ILAdopted 04/2006P-12High School Graduation Requirements
23 IAC 1.440
Changes reference to "career education" to "career and technical education." Clarifies differences between courses high schools must offer, courses students must take, and courses students must pass to graduate. Clarifies that all high school students must t...

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IASigned into law 04/2006P-12Iowa Studies
S.B. 2320
Requires the department of cultural affairs to develop an Iowa studies professional development plan that includes professional development materials and training measures to provide teachers in the state with effective ways to infuse Iowa studies into their c...

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MDSigned into law 04/2006P-12Positive Behavior Programs in Elementary Schools
H.B. 1495
Alters the standard by which a county board of education and the Board of School Commissioners of Baltimore City shall require specified elementary schools to implement a positive behavioral interventions and support program or a specified alternative program....

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KYSigned into law 04/2006P-12U.S. Constitution, Democratic Processes and Civic Engagement
H.J.R. 145
Directs the Council on Postsecondary Education, the Kentucky Board of Education, and others to examine the current level of skills and knowledge of Kentucky students relating to the U.S. Constitution and democratic processes. Requires these entities to examine...

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KYSigned into law 04/2006P-12Veterans Day Programs
S.B. 47
Requires all public schools to hold Veterans Day programs. http://www.lrc.ky.gov/RECORD/06RS/SB47/bill.doc...

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MDSigned into law 04/2006P-12
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Civic Literacy Summit
S.B. 47
Establishes the Task Force to Convene a Summit on Civic Literacy in Maryland; provides for the composition, powers, and duties of the Task Force; requires the State Department of Education and the Maryland Higher Education Commission to provide staffing for th...

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WASigned into law 03/2006P-12Study on Quality Environmental Education
H.B. 2910
Directs the office of superintendent of public instruction to conduct an environmental education study in partnership with public and private entities invested in strategies to reach every student, family, and community with quality environmental education exp...

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UTSigned into law 03/2006P-12Civic Education
H.C.R. 2
Expresses support for civic education and Utah's Legislators Back to School Program; emphasizes the importance of legislators promoting greater understanding of the legislative process and building public trust and confidence in representative democracy throug...

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UTSigned into law 03/2006P-12Commission on Civic and Character Education
H.B. 339
Creates the Commission on Civic and Character Education within the Lieutenant Governor's office; establishes the duties of the commission to promote and ensure implementation of the provisions of existing law related to civic and character education; provides ...

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WASigned into law 03/2006P-12Civic Education and Assessment
H.B. 2579
Finds that instruction in social studies, arts, health, and fitness is important to ensure a well-rounded and complete education. In particular, the civic mission of schools is strengthened and enhanced by comprehensive civics education and assessments. The le...

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CAVetoed 09/2005P-12Curriculum and Tolerance Instruction
H.B. 723
Existing law requires the State Board of Education to adopt statewide academically rigorous content standards in core curriculum
areas, and requires the board to review and modify existing curriculum frameworks where appropriate to bring them into alignment
wi...

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MNSigned into law 07/2005P-12Character education
H.F. 141 - Multiple Components
The legislature encourages districts to integrate or offer instruction on character education including, but not limited to, character qualities such as attentiveness, truthfulness, respect for authority, diligence, gratefulness, self-discipline, patience, for...

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ILSigned into law 07/2005P-12Character Education
H.B. 1336
Amends the School Code. Requires teachers to teach students character education, which includes the teaching of respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, trustworthiness, and citizenship in order to raise pupils' honesty and kindness, justice, discipline, res...

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RISigned into law 07/2005P-12Civics Education
H.B. 5748
The general assembly recognizes the importance of a citizenry well educated in the principles of democracy as enunciated in the constitutions of the state of Rhode Island and the United States. The general assembly directs the board of regents for elementary a...

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RISigned into law 06/2005P-12Civics Education Standards
S.B. 864
Directs the board of regents for elementary and secondary education to develop and adopt a set of grade level standards K-12 in civics education no later than August 31, 2007. These standards are to include, but not be limited to, the history of the state of R...

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LASigned into law 06/2005P-12Louisiana Commission on Civic Education
S.B. 39
AN ACT To amend and reenact R.S. 24:971(B)(1), 972(A)(18), (B) and (C), and 973(A)(1)(introductory paragraph), and to enact R.S. 24:972(A)(23) and 973(B), relative to the Louisiana Commission on Civic Education. Expands commission's purpose to include educatin...

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SCSigned into law 05/2005P-12
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Community College
South Carolina Education and Economic Development Act
H.B. 3155
Adds a new chapter (59) establishing the South Carolina Education and Economic Development Act. Provides for the development of a curriculum organized around a career cluster system that must provide students with both strong academics and real-world problem s...

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INSigned into law 05/2005P-12Display of Flag, Pledge of Allegiance
S.B. 332
Requires a United States flag to be displayed in each classroom of a school corporation. Requires a school corporation to provide a daily opportunity for students to voluntarily recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Provides an exemption for students who choose (or...

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OKSigned into law 05/2005P-12Character Education
H.B. 1704
Amends 70 O.S. 2001, Section 1210.229- 6, which relates to character education programs. Requries school districts to develop and implement character education programs; directs the state board to develop and provide certain services through an Internet web si...

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AZSigned into law 05/2005P-12Constitutional Commemoration Committee
H.B. 2426
Mandates that the constitutional commemoration committee collaborate and cooperate with public, private and nonprofit entities to promote public understanding of the amendments to the U.S. constitution, including those that made advancements in civil rights an...

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COSigned into law 04/2005P-12Teaching of History, Culture and Civil Government
S.B. 200 (Section 14)
Requires the department to help districts develop and promote elementary- and secondary-level programs addressing the state model content standards for civics and promoting best practices in civic education. Authorizes these activities to be funded through the...

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NMSigned into law 04/2005P-12Civics/Government Education Fund
H.B. 268
Creates a New Mexico Government Education Fund to be administered by the department. Money in the fund is
appropriated to the department to contract for annual, weeklong, high school civics courses focusing on New Mexico state government for boys and girls to ...

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VASigned into law 03/2005P-12Commission on Civics Education
H.B. 1769
Creates the 23-member Commission on Civics Education, comprised of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, legislators, executive branch officials, and citizens. The Commission is to, among other things, (i) identify civic education projects in the Commonwealth and...

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UTSigned into law 03/2005P-12Golden Rule Project
S.C.R. 6
This resolution recognizes the practice and promotion of the Golden Rule as a commitment for the common good; and expresses a shared sense of duty to support and practice the Golden Rule and urges all Utahns to live by it. http://www.le.state.ut.us/~2005/bills...

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UTAdopted 03/2005P-12Understanding of Legislative Process
H.C.R. 6
Concurrent resolution emphasizes the importance of legislators promoting greater understanding of the legislative process and building public trust and confidence in representative democracy through civic education; recognizes Utah's high level of participatio...

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GAAdopted 01/2005P-12Instruction in Citizenship, United States and Georgia History
GAC 160-4-2-.07
Establishes rules regarding instruction in United States and Georgia history and government. http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/_documents/doe/legalservices/160-4-2-.07.pdf...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Historical Documents in Curriculum
A.B. 2525 (multiple provisions)
Requires the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission to ensure that specified historical
documents are incorporated into the framework when the history-social science framework is revised. These documents are: (1) The Declaration of Indepe...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12Pupil Attendance: Precinct Board Membership
A.B. 1944
Deems, for purposes of computing the average daily attendance generated by a pupil enrolled in a history or social science course required by a school district as a condition of receipt of a high school diploma, a pupil serving as a member of a precinct board ...

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RIBecame law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 07/2004P-12Civic Education Commission
H.B. 7990
Adds seven (7) new members to the civic education commission (from 17 to 24). ...

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LASigned into law 07/2004P-12Civic Education
S.B. 11
Establishes the Louisiana Commission on Civic Education. Establishes that the commission must: (1) Develop and coordinate outreach programs in collaboration with schools to educate students on the importance of understanding specific principles of democracy; ...

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TNSigned into law 06/2004P-12Model Character Education
H.B. 3456
Requires the department of education to institute a program to recognize those schools that have developed model instructional methods and
administrative policies for the delivery of character education and provide professional development opportunities for th...

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AZSigned into law 06/2004P-12License Plates for Character Education
H.B. 2206
Requires the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to issue character education special license plates if the Department of Education (DOE) pays $32,000 by January 1, 2005; provides for allocation of monies through a private nonprofit foundation; provide...

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AZIssued 06/2004P-12Establishing the Arizona Statewide Youth Development Task Force
Executive Order 2004-14
Creates the Arizona Statewide Youth Development Task Force to provide policy recommendations relating to youth and youth development issues in the state of Arizona to the Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families. Establishes membership. Requires the ...

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FLSigned into law 05/2004P-12
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Carey Baker Freedom Flag Act
H.B. 1757
Relates to Carey Baker Freedom Flag Act; requires a flag of the U.S. to be displayed in each classroom in public K-20 educational institutions; provides for procurement of the flags. http://www.flsenate.gov/cgi-bin/view_page.pl?Tab=session&Submenu=1&FT=D&File=...

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IAVetoed 05/2004P-12Healthy Iowans Tobacco Trust Fund
H.F. 2577
Relates to and making appropriations from the healthy Iowans tobacco trust and the tobacco settlement trust fund and providing an effective date; provides for high school mentors to teach life skills, violence prevention and character education in an effort to...

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MESigned into law 05/2004P-12Citizenship Education
H.P. 1417
(Resolution)Proposes to implement the recommendations of the Commission to Study the Scope and Quality of Citizenship Education; includes the recommendations of the Commission to Study the Scope and Quality of Citizenship Education related to implications for ...

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OKSigned into law 05/2004P-12In God We Trust and E Pluribus Unum
H.B. 2477
Part of this bill adds a new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 24-106.1 of Title 70, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows: Principals and teachers in each public elementary and secondary school of...

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VASigned into law 04/2004P-12Character Education and Standards of Learning
H.B. 1014
Deletes language requiring the Standards of Learning to include the development of personal qualities such as self-esteem, sociability, self-management, integrity and honesty. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?041+ful+CHAP0955...

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VASigned into law 04/2004P-12Green schools program
S.B. 315
Green schools program; education programs to promote waste reduction and resource efficiency. Authorizes the state board to assist local school boards in the development and implementation of programs of instruction that comply with the provisions of Standard ...

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KYSigned into law 04/2004P-12Civic Education Program
S.J.R. 80
Urges the establishment of a committee to evaluate existing school civic literacy programs, determine a strategy for enhancing long-term civic engagement and literacy, and recommend a plan for improving civic engagement and literacy before the 2005 regular ses...

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UTSigned into law 03/2004P-12Civic and Character Education
H.B. 22
Provides legislative recognition of the fundamental civic purpose and constitutional responsibility of public education; requires Civic and Character Education to be taught through an integrated curriculum in connection with regular school work; consolidates r...

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COSigned into law 03/2004P-12Recitation of Pledge of Allegiance
H.B. 1002
Amends the Pledge of Allegiance statute to make the statute constitutional as required by the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in the 1992 decision of Sherman v Community Consolidated School District 21 of Wheeling Township;provides an opportunity for element...

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CASigned into law 10/2003P-12
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Voter Registration
A.B. 593
Requires the Secretary of State to provide voter registration forms and information to students in all high schools, community colleges, and campuses of the University of California and California State University. Provides that a voter's name would be deleted...

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ILSigned into law 07/2003P-12Minor Voting Program
H.B. 30
Requires the State Board of Elections and State Board of Education to jointly develop a program for K-12 students in participating school districts in participating counties to vote in a simulated election conducted at actual polling places with volunteers and...

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MOSigned into law 06/2003P-12Observance of Veterans Day
S.B. 325
Requires every school to devote a period of time equal to one class period to an observance that conveys the meaning and significance of Veterans Day. Requires such observance to take place on or as close as possible to Veterans Day. Requires the local board, ...

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MESigned into law 06/2003P-12Legislative Youth Advisory Council
H.P. 557
Implements the recommendations of the Legislative Youth Advisory Council. Increases the council membership from 21 to 22, increasing appointments by senate president from 10 to 11, thereby increasing from one to two the appointees who are senate members.
Estab...

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MESigned into law 06/2003P-12Citizenship Education
H.P. 333
(House Resolve) Establishes the Commission to Study the Scope and Quality of Citizenship Education. Commission is to be comprised of three senate members, three house members, and 10 governor appointees representing different levels of the education community....

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CTSigned into law 06/2003P-12Service by Students as Poll Workers
S.B. 647
Encourages student to participate in the election process by serving as poll workers. http://www.cga.state.ct.us/2003/act/Pa/2003PA-00108-R00SB-00647-PA.htm...

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ALIssued 06/2003P-12Civics and American History Education
Executive Order 2003-08
Designates the American Village Citizenship Trust Statewide Educational Center and Classroom Laboratory in American History, Civics, and Government, as created by 16-44A-30 as the state's American History and Civics Initiative. Creates and charges the America...

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COPassed 06/2003Postsec.Civic Education
H.J.R. 1027
Concerns the importance of history and civic education at the college level. http://www.leg.state.co.us/2003a/inetcbill.nsf/fsbillcont/DC1C87A2F74B970D87256CBC0064C346?Open&file=HJR1027_enr.pdf...

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COSigned into law 06/2003P-12The Pledge of Allegiance Daily Recitation
H.B. 1368
Creates a requirement for the daily recitation of the pledge of allegiance in each public school in the state. http://www.leg.state.co.us/2003a/inetcbill.nsf/fsbillcont/92F78D48B9E0622D87256D09006210EF?Open&file=1368_enr.pdf...

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CTSigned into law 06/2003P-12Student Voter Registration
S.B. 646
Establishes an official state-wide student voter registration drive; encourages students to learn about civics and participate in the democratic process. http://www.cga.state.ct.us/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=646&which_year=20...

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IASigned into law 05/2003P-12Tobacco Settlement Trust Fund
H.F. 685
Makes appropriation from the healthy Iowans tobacco trust and the tobacco settlement trust fund for various initiatives, including for a $400,000 grant to a program that utilizes high school mentors to teach life skills, violence prevention, and character educ...

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TXSigned into law 05/2003P-12
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United States National Motto Display in Schools
H.B. 219
Relates to the display of the United States national motto in public elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education....

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TXSigned into law 05/2003P-12Virtues Education Program
H.C.R. 73
Directs the Texas Education Agency and the state board to adopt and promote a virtues education program and to provide school districts with materials and support to assist in the program's implementation; and that the virtues education program include age-app...

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MNSigned into law 05/2003P-12Pledge of Allegiance
S.F. 287
Effective 2003-04 school year and thereafter, requires recitation of the pledge of allegiance in all public schools, including charter schools, at least once a week. Allows a local board or charter school board of directors to waive this requirement by annual ...

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TXSigned into law 05/2003P-12Observance of One Minute of Silence
S.B. 83
Requires the board of trustees of each school district to provide for the observance of one minute of silence during each school day at each school in the district. Also requires local boards to require require students, once during each school day at each sc...

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TXSigned into law 05/2003P-12Public Education Objectives
H.B. 319
Added a new objective to the list of objectives of public education. OBJECTIVE 5: Educators will prepare students to be thoughtful, active citizens who have an appreciation for the basic values of our state and national heritage and who can understand and pro...

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IASigned into law 05/2003P-12Character Education Program Funding
H.B. 549 (omnibus bill)
Eliminates language allowing schools to use phase III funds to establish character education programs. http://www.legis.state.ia.us/cgi-bin/Legislation/File_only.pl?FILE=/usr/ns-home/docs/GA/80GA/Legislation/HF/00500/HF00549/030508.html...

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COSigned into law 04/2003P-12Government course graduation requirement
S.B. 36
Makes satisfactory completion of a course on federal and state civil government a requirement of high school graduation in the state; directs each school district board to convene a community forum periodically to discuss adopted standards in civics and gradua...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12The Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance
H.B. 2388
Requires the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by all public school students. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2388.pdf...

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IASigned into law 04/2003P-12Service Learning, Character Education
H.F. 180
Local boards or heads of a nonpublic school may require service learning units for a service learning endorsement on a high school diploma or as a condition of graduation (in Iowa, all high school graduation requirements are determined at the district level). ...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003Postsec.College Students to Participate as Poll Workers
H.B. 1487
Creates a program for college students to participate in the election process as poll workers. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB1487.pdf...

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KYSigned into law 03/2003P-12Veterans Day
H.B. 303
Requires all public high schools to observe Veterans Day as established in this section. Requires a class period on Veterans Day or on one of the five school days before Veterans Day to be devoted to observance of Veterans Day; observance requires students to ...

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ARSigned into law 03/2003P-12Establishes Freedom Week
H.B. 2756
Creates Celebrate Freedom Week in public schools on the last full week of classes in September. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2756.pdf...

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VASigned into law 03/2003P-12Posting of First Amendment in Public Schools
H.B. 2140
Amends the two uncodified Acts of Assembly requiring the posting of the National Motto in public schools to add the required posting of the text to the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, along with the statement, The First Amendment to t...

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VASigned into law 03/2003P-12Virginia Statement of Values
H.B. 1498
Modifies the current character education requirement to require instruction in what is designated as the Virginia Statement of Values; requires school boards to provide for the posting of the Virginia Statement of Values in each public school classroom in whic...

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UTSigned into law 03/2003P-12Character and Citizenship Education
H.C.R. 7
This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor urges Utah's public elementary and secondary schools to promote character and citizenship education through an emphasis on teaching civic responsibility and respect for others. http://www.le.state...

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VASigned into law 03/2003P-12High School Diploma Civics Education Seal
H.B. 1503
Directs the state board to establish criteria for awarding a diploma seal for excellence in civics education and understanding of the state and federal Constitutions and the democratic model of government for the standard and advanced studies diplomas....

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ARSigned into law 03/2003P-12American Historical Documents
S.B. 57
Requires public school districts to allow and encourage teachers to read or display documents of American or state history. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/SB57.pdf...

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UTSigned into law 03/2003P-12Pledge of Allegiance in Public Schools
S.B. 105
The pledge of allegiance to the flag must be recited at the beginning of the day in each elementary public school and once a week at the beginning of a school day in each public secondary school in the state. http://bb.utahsenate.org/perl/bb/bb_find.pl...

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ARSigned into law 02/2003P-12Election Process and High School Students
H.B. 1028
Creates a program for high school students to participate in the election process as poll workers. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB1028.pdf...

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PASigned into law 12/2002P-12Display of the Flag
H.B. 592
Requires boards of directors to ensure that schools to display the U.S. flag (private, parochial and public schools). The flag must be displayed in every classroom, and schools must provide for the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance or National Anth...

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UTAdopted 09/2002P-12Patriotic Education
R277-475
Requires Utah public schools to display the United States national motto, consistent with state law. UTAH REG 25218 (SN)...

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TNSigned into law 07/2002P-12Pledge of Allegiance
S.B. 2599
Each board of education shall require the daily recitation of the pledge of allegiance in each classroom in the school system in which a
flag is displayed. Each district is encouraged to have a flag in each classroom and patriotic, fraternal, and other organiz...

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ILSigned into law 07/2002P-12High School Recitation of Pledge of Allegiance
S.B. 1634
Requires the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited each school day by pupils in elementary and secondary educational institutions supported or maintained in whole or in part by public funds. (Statute previously required only elementary school pupils to recite th...

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CTSigned into law 06/2002P-12Bullying and Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance
H.B. 5425
Requires local and regional boards to establish policies addressing bullying in the schools. Policies must include components set out in legislation, including a system enabling students to anonymously report acts of bullying to teachers and school administrat...

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MOSigned into law 06/2002P-12Pledge of Allegiance
S.B. 718
Requires every public school to ensure that the Pledge of Allegiance is recited at least once a week in every student's class. Students are not required to participate....

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MNVetoed 05/2002P-12Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and Instruction in Civics Education and Flag Etiquette
H.B. 2598
Requires recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance one or more times each week in all public and charter schools. Requires all public and charter schools to annually devote time to civics education that includes the history and reasons for reciting the pledge. R...

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NHSigned into law 05/2002P-12Pledge of Allegiance
H.B. 1446
Establishes the New Hampshire School Patriot Act which requires that school districts authorize a period of time during the school day for the recitation of the pledge of allegiance. Pupil participation in the recitation of the pledge of allegiance shall be vo...

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MDJoint Resolution No. 05/2002P-12Instruction to Encourage Patriotism Urged
H.J.R. 9
Urges local boards in Maryland to introduce instruction to encourage patriotism by including curriculum on or before Veterans' Day or Memorial Day designed to instill a sense of patriotism and an awareness of the great sacrifices made by veterans of the United...

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MDSigned into law 05/2002P-12Instruction to Instill Patriotism
S.J.R. 2
Urges the boards of education in the state to introduce instruction to instill patriotism by developing and instituting curriculum on or before Veterans Day and Memorial Day regarding the sacrifices made by veterans in serving our country to defend and promote...

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NHSigned into law 05/2002P-12Civic Education
H.B. 1151
Establishes a commission to examine the status of public school curriculum requirements in civic education....

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OHEligible for GOVERNOR'S desk. 05/2002P-12Character Education
H.C.R. 28
Urges citizens and civic and community leaders of Ohio to vigorously maintain and encourage positive leadership and youth character qualities; designates Ohio as a State of Character, and requests the Congress of the United States to take action upon legislati...

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FLSigned into law 05/2002P-12Education Code Re-Write: Character Education Expanded; Patriotism and Citizenship Education
S.B. 20E
Expands mandate to teach character education from elementary grades to K-12. Requires districts to develop curriculum, to be submitted to the department for approval, that "[stresses] the qualities of patriotism, responsibility, citizenship, kindess, respect,...

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FLSigned into law 04/2002P-12Recitation of Declaration of Independence and Celebrate Freedom Week
H.B. 885
Relates to recitation of the Declaration of Independence; requires Celebrate Freedom Week to be recognized in the public schools each September; requires a potion of the Declaration of Independence to be recited daily by students during that week....

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OHSigned into law 04/2002P-12Moment of Silence
H.B. 394
Permits the board of education of a school district to provide for a period of silence each school day for reflection or meditation upon a moral, philosophical, or patriotic theme; prohibits boards of education, schools, or employees of the school district fro...

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ALSigned into law 04/2002P-12Youth in Government Program
H.B. 162
Appropriates a certain amount from the Education Trust Fund to the Law Institute for the support and maintenance for a program promoting youth in Government; provides that the appropriation is subject to certain provisions of the Code of Alabama 1975. http://a...

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MSSigned into law 04/2002P-12Student Interns to Assist During Elections
S.B. 2383
Authorizes the appointment of student interns to assist at precincts during elections; creates the crime of multiple voting; provides for penalties. http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2002/html/SB/2300-2399/SB2383SG.htm...

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KYSigned into law 04/2002P-12Election Officers and Excused Absence for Election Day Served
H.B. 251
Provides that minors who are seventeen years old and who will become eighteen years old on or before the day of the regular election may serve as an election officer for the primary and general election in which he or she is qualified to vote; provides that st...

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IASigned into law 04/2002P-12Districts Encouraged to Implement Character Education Programs
H.B. 2454
Encourages school districts to establish character education programs and directing the department of education to partner with local educational institutions and agencies and nonprofit organizations in the design and implementation of character education prog...

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COSigned into law 04/2002P-12Display of U.S. Flag in Public Schools
S.B. 38
Requires all public and charter schools to permanently and prominently display the U.S. flag in every academic classroom while class is in session, and to do so in keeping with federal statutes. Flag must meet size regulations established in bill. Forbids the ...

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INSigned into law 03/2002P-12School buses, display of flag
H.B. 1133
Makes changes to the voting and nonvoting members of the state school bus committee; requires the committee to adopt rules allowing the display of the United States flag on school buses; amends the definition of a special purpose bus to include a motor vehicle...

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MSSigned into law 03/2002P-12Display of U.S. Flag and Pledge of Allegiance
S.B. 2321
Display of United States flag and Pledge of Allegiance; required in all public school classrooms....

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KYSigned into law 03/2002P-12Excused Absence for Participation in Burial Honor Guard Program
H.B. 231
Establishes a burial honor guard program for veteran's funerals; establishes the veterans' service organization burial honor guard trust fund to offset costs; authorizes local school boards to provide academic credit and excused absences for secondary students...

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SDSigned into law 02/2002P-12Flag and Pledge of Allegiance
S.B. 94
Permits the posting or display of the United States flag and giving the pledge of allegiance within public schools in the State....

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ALSigned into law 09/2001P-12Patriotic Education
H.J.R. 152C
Relates to urging the Boards of Education to incorporate patriotic education as part of the daily Pledge of Allegiance....

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RIBecame law without GOVERNOR'S signature 07/2001P-12Civics Education
H.B. 5899
Creates a permanant legislative commission for the purpose of developing and coordinating public outreach programs for the legislature that educate the public about representative democracy with emphasis on explaining the legitamate, diverse competing ideas an...

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COSigned into law 06/2001P-12Encourages The Development of Character Education
H.B. 1292
Encourages and promotes the development and establishment of character education programs through cooperation between parents and school districts; provides school districts may submit a report to the Legislature concerning any program developed....

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OKSigned into law 05/2001P-12Moment of Silence, Pledge of Allegiance
S.B. 128
Relates to schools; designates November 11 as Veterans Day; requires public schools to conduct and observe Veterans Day programs; allows schools to conduct a moment of silence for certain purpose; requires certain instruction in United States flag etiquette an...

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TXSigned into law 05/2001P-12Character Education Programs
H.B. 946
Allows schools to provide character education programs, but any programs must stress positive character traits, such as: courage; trustworthiness, including honesty, reliability, punctuality, and loyalty; integrity; respect and courtesy; responsibility, inclu...

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TXSigned into law 05/2001P-12Celebrate Freedom Week
H.B. 1776
The last full week of classes in September is designated as Celebrate Freedom Week in public schools. Celebrate Freedom Week may include appropriate instruction, as determined by each school district, in each social studies class. Instruction should include ...

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WVSigned into law 05/2001P-12Character Education
H.B. 2208
Requires the state board to establish comprehensive character education into all aspects of school culture, school functions and existing curriculum by September 2001....

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KSSigned into law 04/2001P-12Use and Display of US Flag in Public Schools
H.B. 2105
Concerns the use and display of the flag of the United States of America in public schools. It shall be the duty of the state board of education to prepare program providing for patriotic exercises for public schools. The program of patriotic observation of e...

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MSSigned into law 03/2001P-12High School Student Registration Opportunities
H.B. 955
Enhances opportunities for high school students to register to vote; authorizes the registrar of each county to visit each public school, for the purpose of registering to vote any person who is eligible to vote in the county; provides that registrars shall pr...

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VASigned into law 03/2001P-12Pledge of Allegiance
S.B. 1331
Requires all students to learn the Pledge of Allegiance and to demonstrate such knowledge and requires each school board to call for the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in each classroom of the school division and to ensure that an American flag i...

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CAVetoed 08/2000P-12Daily Pledge of Allegiance
A.B. 1747
Provides that the recitation of a specified portion of the Declaration of Independence would satisfy the requirement of existing law which requires that appropriate patriotic exercises be conducted in every public elementary and secondary school each day ....

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DESigned into law 07/2000P-12Character Education
H.J.R. 9
Recognizes Delaware to be a State of Character; urges the citizens and community leaders of Delaware to promote character in schools, businesses, homes, churches, and other places....

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ALSigned into law 05/2000P-12Committee on Civic Education
S.J.R. 100
Creates the Joint Legislative Committee on Civic Education; designates Alabama's Legislators Back to School Day....

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AZSigned into law 04/2000P-12Civic, Ethical Education
S.B. 1216
Requires the state board to develop and maintain a handbook for use in the schools of this state that provides guidance for the teaching of moral, civic and ethical education....

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IDSigned into law 04/2000P-12Display of the Flag; Pledge of Allegiance
H.B. 655
Provides that the United States flag shall be displayed in every public school classroom; provides that every public school shall offer the pledge of allegiance or the national anthem at the beginning of each school day; provides that no pupil who objects shal...

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IDSigned into law 04/2000P-12Citizenship Instruction
H.B. 652
Requires that instruction in citizenship shall be given in all elementary and secondary schools....

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AZSigned into law 04/2000P-12Tax Credits
S.B. 1369
Relates to individual income tax credits; expands use of public school fees credit to include character education programs; defines character education programs....

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KYSigned into law 03/2000P-12Character Education
H.B. 157
Adds core values and qualities of good character to make moral and ethical decisions in life to the capacities students shall be allowed and assisted to acquire by the system of public education; requires schools to develop their students' ability to become se...

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KYSigned into law 03/2000P-12Flag Etiquette/Instruction
H.B. 506
Relates to requiring instruction in flag etiquette in schools; requires the Kentucky Board Of Education to develop a program of instruction relating to the United States and the Kentucky state flags; require that the program of instruction be provided to each ...

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AKSigned into law 03/2000P-12Pledge of Allegiance
H.B. 192
Relates to the pledge of allegiance by public school students....

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UTSigned into law 03/2000P-12Instruction Relating to the United States Flag
S.B. 21
Relates to public schools; requires the State Board of Education to provide by rule a program of instruction within the public schools relating to the flag of the United States....

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GASigned into law 02/2000P-12Veterans Day instruction
H.B. 68
Provides for instructional activity relating to Veterans Day....

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