|AZ||Issued 09/2014||P-12||Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism|
Creates the Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism to prepare an annual state service plan. Commission members including, among others, the superintendent and someone with expertise in the educational needs of youth. ...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2014||P-12|
|Civics Instruction, Including in Adult Education|
From bill summary: Requires the instructional quality commission, whenever it revises the history-social science framework and as appropriate and based on the subject matter of the course, to, among other things, receive input from civics learning experts to i...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2014||P-12||Task Force on Civic Education|
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...
|CA||Signed into law 07/2014||P-12||Voter Registration Activities at High Schools|
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 ...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2014||P-12|
|High School Graduation Requirements in Civics, TOPS Eligibility Requirements|
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...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2014||P-12||Legislative Youth Advisory Council|
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...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2014||P-12||Community Schools|
Authorizes and encourages the creation of community schools.
|HI||Adopted 04/2014||P-12||Increasing 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...
|HI||Adopted 04/2014||P-12||Strengthening Civic Education|
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...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2014||P-12||Commission on Civics Education|
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...
|NM||Vetoed 03/2014||P-12||Summer Civics Courses as Electives|
Allows summer civics courses to be offered as electives.
|SD||Signed into law 02/2014||P-12||Executive Branch Internship Program|
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.
|CA||Signed into law 10/2013||P-12||Voter Education in American Government and Civics Curriculum|
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,...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2013||P-12||Civics|
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...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2013||P-12||Task Force on Civic Education|
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...
|LA||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Membership of the Louisiana Commission on Civic Education|
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...
|FL||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||Middle 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...
|MT||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||U.S. Flag in Every Classroom|
Requires a U.S. flag in every school classroom, beginning the school year starting after July 1, 2014.
|CO||Signed into law 04/2013||Postsec.||Voter Registration At Public Higher Ed Institution|
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...
|MT||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||Revise legislative goals for public schools|
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.
|UT||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||State Capitol Field Trip Funding|
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...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2012||P-12||California Youth Leadership Project|
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...
|OH||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||American History and American Government|
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...
|NV||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Citizenship|
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...
|TN||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Curriculum Standards for US and State Government|
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.
|TN||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Review of Civics Education Curriculum Standards|
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...
|NV||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Community Services|
Encouraging a student who receives a Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship to volunteer at least 20 hours of community service per year....
|IL||Adopted 05/2011||P-12||Illinois Democracy Schools|
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...
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2011||P-12||Character Education|
Authorizes the Arizona Department of Education to annually retain 7% of the program's state matching grant funds for administrative purposes. Chapter 223
|UT||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Civic and Character Education|
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...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Character and Civic Education|
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...
|KY||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Voting Information for 12th Grade Students|
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...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Commission on Civics Education|
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.
|NY||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12||Students as Election Inspectors or Poll Clerks|
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...
|AZ||Signed into law 05/2010||Postsec.||Student Voter Registration|
AN ACT requiring universities and community colleges to adopt a plan to increase student voter registration and voting in elections.
|TN||Signed into law 04/2010||P-12||Course of Instruction that Includes U.S. Government|
As enacted, urges civics class be taught in high school.
|HI||Adopted 04/2010||P-12||Integration of a Pedagogy of Aloha|
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...
|Establishing the Governor's Advisory Board on Volunteerism and National Service|
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...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2010||P-12||Civics Education|
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...
|CA||Vetoed 10/2009||P-12||Excused Absence to Participate in Civic Engagement Activities|
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...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2009||P-12||Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day|
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...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2009||P-12||Congressional Medal of Honor Film|
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...
|OH||Signed into law 07/2009||P-12||Pledge 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...
|OR||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Citizenship|
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...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Student Election Clerks|
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...
|OR||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Citizenship|
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
|NV||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Citizenship Education|
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...
|WA||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Youth Advisory Council|
Eliminates the expiration of the legislative youth advisory council; provides that the council's duties are contingent on available funding. Chapter 410
|WA||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Civics Education|
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...
|OK||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Founding Documents; Religious Materials|
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 ...
|VA||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Membership of the Commission on Civics Education|
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.
|CA||Signed into law 09/2008||P-12||civic education|
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...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2008||P-12|
|Commission on Children and Youth|
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...
|RI||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12||Juniors and Seniors as Election Officials|
Allows high school juniors and seniors to be appointed as election officials. http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/PublicLaws/law08/law08231.htm...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12||Instruction on Nonviolence|
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.
|OK||Signed into law 04/2008||P-12|
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 ...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2008||P-12||Student Voting Rights|
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.
|UT||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||Registering High School Seniors to Vote|
Modifies the Election Code by amending certain provisions for registering high school seniors to vote. http://le.utah.gov/~2008/bills/sbillenr/sb0125.pdf...
|UT||Adopted 03/2008||P-12||Standards for School District Discipline Plans|
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...
|LA||Adopted 11/2007||P-12||Business 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...
|MA||To governor 11/2007||P-12||Commonwealth Corps|
Establishes the Commonwealth Corps; provides for volunteer community service; creates a pilot program for the Commonwealth Student Corps.
|IL||Signed into law 11/2007||P-12|
|Election Judges and Election Day|
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...
|CA||Vetoed 10/2007||P-12||Citizenship education|
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 ...
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...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2007||P-12||Civic Education Advancement|
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...
|OR||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Task Force on Civics and Financial Education|
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.
|OR||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Student Voting|
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...
|NC||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Excused Absences for Pages|
Directs the board of education to adopt rules providing for excused absences from school for legislative and governor's pages.
|LA||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Legislative Youth Advisory Council|
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...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Democracy Education in Elementary Schools|
Concerns democracy education in elementary schools; requires students in the fourth or fifth grade to take part in a program of participatory democracy.
|NV||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Nevada Youth Legislative Issues Forum|
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...
|KS||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Bullying 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...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Commission on Civic Literacy|
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...
|NH||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Civics and Economics Assessments|
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.
|WA||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Legislative Yourth Advisory Council|
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...
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Character Education, Charter Schools|
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...
|CO||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12|
|Display of Flags in Education and Other Institutions|
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 ...
|IA||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Students as Precinct Election Board Members|
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...
|ND||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Geography, Government Education|
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...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Veterans Day Commemoration|
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...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Commemoration of George Washington's Birthday|
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...
|WV||Adopted 03/2007||P-12||Dec. 7, 1941 Day of Remembrance|
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 ...
|UT||PREFILED 12/2006||P-12||Civic Education|
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...
|NJ||Signed into law 12/2006||P-12||Gang Violence Instruction|
A.B. 1650; S.B. 1749
Requires boards of education to offer elementary school students instruction in gang violence prevention.
|CA||Vetoed 09/2006||P-12||Tolerance Education Pilot Program|
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...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2006||P-12||Content of Textbooks and Student Characteristics|
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...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Display of U.S. and North Carolina Flag|
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 ...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Importance of Memorial Day|
Directs the state board of education to develop programs for use in schools on the meaning and importance of memorial day.
|AZ||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12||Civic Education Commission|
Concerns the State Commission on Civic Education and Civic Engagement; relates to membership and duties; provides a repeal of the termination date.
|AZ||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12|
|Display of Flag in Classrooms|
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...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Civic Education Commission|
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...
|WI||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||High 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...
|VT||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Civics 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...
|ME||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Task 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...
|MN||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Character Education|
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 ...
|IL||Adopted 04/2006||P-12||High 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...
|IA||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Iowa Studies|
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...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Positive Behavior Programs in Elementary Schools|
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....
|KY||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||U.S. Constitution, Democratic Processes and Civic Engagement|
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...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Veterans Day Programs|
Requires all public schools to hold Veterans Day programs. http://www.lrc.ky.gov/RECORD/06RS/SB47/bill.doc...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12|
|Civic Literacy Summit|
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...
|WA||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Study on Quality Environmental Education|
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...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Civic Education|
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...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Commission on Civic and Character Education|
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 ...
|WA||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Civic Education and Assessment|
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...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2005||P-12||Curriculum and Tolerance Instruction|
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
|MN||Signed into law 07/2005||P-12||Character 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...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2005||P-12||Character Education|
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...
|RI||Signed into law 07/2005||P-12||Civics Education|
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...
|RI||Signed into law 06/2005||P-12||Civics Education Standards|
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...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2005||P-12||Louisiana Commission on Civic Education|
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...
|SC||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12|
|South Carolina Education and Economic Development Act|
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...
|IN||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12||Display of Flag, Pledge of Allegiance|
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...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12||Character Education|
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...
|AZ||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12||Constitutional Commemoration Committee|
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...
|CO||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Teaching 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...
|NM||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Civics/Government Education Fund|
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 ...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||Commission on Civics Education|
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...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||Golden Rule Project|
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...
|UT||Adopted 03/2005||P-12||Understanding of Legislative Process|
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...
|GA||Adopted 01/2005||P-12||Instruction in Citizenship, United States and Georgia History|
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...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2004||P-12||Historical 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...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2004||P-12||Pupil Attendance: Precinct Board Membership|
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 ...
|RI||Became law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 07/2004||P-12||Civic Education Commission|
Adds seven (7) new members to the civic education commission (from 17 to 24). ...
|LA||Signed into law 07/2004||P-12||Civic Education|
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; ...
|TN||Signed into law 06/2004||P-12||Model Character Education|
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...
|AZ||Signed into law 06/2004||P-12||License Plates for Character Education|
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...
|AZ||Issued 06/2004||P-12||Establishing 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 ...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2004||P-12|
|Carey Baker Freedom Flag Act|
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=...
|IA||Vetoed 05/2004||P-12||Healthy Iowans Tobacco Trust Fund|
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...
|ME||Signed into law 05/2004||P-12||Citizenship Education|
(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 ...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2004||P-12||In God We Trust and E Pluribus Unum|
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...
|VA||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Character Education and Standards of Learning|
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...
|VA||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Green schools program|
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 ...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Civic Education Program|
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...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2004||P-12||Civic and Character Education|
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...
|CO||Signed into law 03/2004||P-12||Recitation of Pledge of Allegiance|
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...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2003||P-12|
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...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2003||P-12||Minor Voting Program|
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...
|MO||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Observance of Veterans Day|
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, ...
|ME||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Legislative Youth Advisory Council|
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.
|ME||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Citizenship Education|
(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....
|CT||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Service by Students as Poll Workers|
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...
|AL||Issued 06/2003||P-12||Civics 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...
|CO||Passed 06/2003||Postsec.||Civic Education|
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...
|CO||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||The Pledge of Allegiance Daily Recitation|
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...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Student Voter Registration|
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...
|IA||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Tobacco Settlement Trust Fund|
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...
|TX||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12|
|United States National Motto Display in Schools|
Relates to the display of the United States national motto in public elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education....
|TX||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Virtues Education Program|
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...
|MN||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Pledge of Allegiance|
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 ...
|TX||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Observance of One Minute of Silence|
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...
|TX||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Public Education Objectives|
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...
|IA||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Character 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...
|CO||Signed into law 04/2003||P-12||Government course graduation requirement|
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...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2003||P-12||The Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance|
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...
|IA||Signed into law 04/2003||P-12||Service Learning, Character Education|
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). ...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2003||Postsec.||College Students to Participate as Poll Workers|
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...
|KY||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Veterans Day|
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 ...
|AR||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Establishes Freedom Week|
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...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Posting of First Amendment in Public Schools|
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...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Virginia Statement of Values|
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...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Character and Citizenship Education|
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...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||High School Diploma Civics Education Seal|
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....
|AR||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||American Historical Documents|
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...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Pledge of Allegiance in Public Schools|
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...
|AR||Signed into law 02/2003||P-12||Election Process and High School Students|
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...
|PA||Signed into law 12/2002||P-12||Display of the Flag|
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...
|UT||Adopted 09/2002||P-12||Patriotic Education|
Requires Utah public schools to display the United States national motto, consistent with state law. UTAH REG 25218 (SN)...
|TN||Signed into law 07/2002||P-12||Pledge of Allegiance|
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...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2002||P-12||High School Recitation of Pledge of Allegiance|
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...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2002||P-12||Bullying and Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance|
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...
|MO||Signed into law 06/2002||P-12||Pledge of Allegiance|
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....
|MN||Vetoed 05/2002||P-12||Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and Instruction in Civics Education and Flag Etiquette|
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...
|NH||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Pledge of Allegiance|
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...
|MD||Joint Resolution No. 05/2002||P-12||Instruction to Encourage Patriotism Urged|
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...
|MD||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Instruction to Instill Patriotism|
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...
|NH||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Civic Education|
Establishes a commission to examine the status of public school curriculum requirements in civic education....
|OH||Eligible for GOVERNOR'S desk. 05/2002||P-12||Character Education|
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...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Education Code Re-Write: Character Education Expanded; Patriotism and Citizenship Education|
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,...
|FL||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Recitation of Declaration of Independence and Celebrate Freedom Week|
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....
|OH||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Moment of Silence|
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...
|AL||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Youth in Government Program|
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...
|MS||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Student Interns to Assist During Elections|
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...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Election Officers and Excused Absence for Election Day Served|
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...
|IA||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Districts Encouraged to Implement Character Education Programs|
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...
|CO||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Display of U.S. Flag in Public Schools|
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 ...
|IN||Signed into law 03/2002||P-12||School buses, display of flag|
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...
|MS||Signed into law 03/2002||P-12||Display of U.S. Flag and Pledge of Allegiance|
Display of United States flag and Pledge of Allegiance; required in all public school classrooms....
|KY||Signed into law 03/2002||P-12||Excused Absence for Participation in Burial Honor Guard Program|
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...
|SD||Signed into law 02/2002||P-12||Flag and Pledge of Allegiance|
Permits the posting or display of the United States flag and giving the pledge of allegiance within public schools in the State....
|AL||Signed into law 09/2001||P-12||Patriotic Education|
Relates to urging the Boards of Education to incorporate patriotic education as part of the daily Pledge of Allegiance....
|RI||Became law without GOVERNOR'S signature 07/2001||P-12||Civics Education|
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...
|CO||Signed into law 06/2001||P-12||Encourages The Development of Character Education|
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....
|OK||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Moment of Silence, Pledge of Allegiance|
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...
|TX||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Character Education Programs|
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...
|TX||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Celebrate Freedom Week|
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 ...
|WV||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Character Education|
Requires the state board to establish comprehensive character education into all aspects of school culture, school functions and existing curriculum by September 2001....
|KS||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||Use and Display of US Flag in Public Schools|
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...
|MS||Signed into law 03/2001||P-12||High School Student Registration Opportunities|
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...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2001||P-12||Pledge of Allegiance|
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...
|CA||Vetoed 08/2000||P-12||Daily Pledge of Allegiance|
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 ....
|DE||Signed into law 07/2000||P-12||Character Education|
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....
|AL||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||Committee on Civic Education|
Creates the Joint Legislative Committee on Civic Education; designates Alabama's Legislators Back to School Day....
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2000||P-12||Civic, Ethical Education|
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....
|ID||Signed into law 04/2000||P-12||Display of the Flag; Pledge of Allegiance|
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...
|ID||Signed into law 04/2000||P-12||Citizenship Instruction|
Requires that instruction in citizenship shall be given in all elementary and secondary schools....
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2000||P-12||Tax Credits|
Relates to individual income tax credits; expands use of public school fees credit to include character education programs; defines character education programs....
|KY||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Character Education|
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...
|KY||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Flag Etiquette/Instruction|
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 ...
|AK||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Pledge of Allegiance|
Relates to the pledge of allegiance by public school students....
|UT||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Instruction Relating to the United States Flag|
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....
|GA||Signed into law 02/2000||P-12||Veterans Day instruction|
Provides for instructional activity relating to Veterans Day....