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State Status/Date Level Summary
MESigned into law 05/2013P-12Encourages High School Students To Complete Community Service
H.P. 917
Existing law allows students to demonstrate achievement of the standards through multiple pathways and mulltiple opportunities. Added community service to the ways in which achievement may be demonstrated by evidence documented by course and learning experienc...

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WASigned into law 04/2013P-12Promotion of Policies that Provide Incentives for Students to Participate in Community Service
H.B. 1412
Requires each school district to adopt a policy that is supportive of community service and provides an incentive, such as recognition or credit, for students who participate in community service.
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2013-14/Pdf/Bills/Hou...

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LASigned into law 05/2012P-12Distinction for Community Service Diploma Endorsement
H.B. 1194
Authorizes the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop a diploma endorsement program for the performance of community service by high school students. Endorsement would apply to high school students who perform a certain number of hours of...

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AZVetoed 05/2012P-12Community Service Commendation
S.B. 1066
Establishes procedures in cooperation with the governor's office to encourage pupils to perform two hundred hours of community service pursuant to the guidelines adopted in this paragraph in order to apply for a community service commendation from the governor...

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OHSigned into law 06/2011P-12Ohio Commission on Service and Volunteerism
H.B. 153 - Ohio Commission on Service and Volunteerism
Renames the Ohio community service council the Ohio commission on service and volunteerism.
Pages 156-162 of 1000: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText129/129_HB_153_EN_part1.pdf...

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NJSigned into law 01/2010P-12Community Service Pilot Project
S.B. 2898
Establishes in the Department of Education a four- year Community Service Phase Two Pilot Enhancement Program for high school juniors; provides for data collection.
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/A1000/593_I1.PDF...

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CAVetoed 10/2009P-12High School Credit for Community Service
S.B. 520
Authorizes the governing board of a school district to offer credit for hours of community service provided by a pupil outside of school hours for a maximum of two semesters. Requires such district to establish and maintain a list of suitable community service...

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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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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Quality of and Recognition for Community Service Projects
H.B. 1 - Section 3313.605
Partially from the DOE summary of H.B. 1: Revises the current law permitting school districts to include community service education within their educational programs by: (1) Adding permissive authority for community and STEM schools to include community servi...

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FLSigned into law 06/2009P-12Damaged Textbook Fees/Service-Learning Programs/Charter School Grades/Regional Professional Development Academies
S.B. 1248
Damaged Textbooks:
- Deletes a provision that requires a public school principal to collect a percentage of a textbook's purchase price from a student who has lost, destroyed, or damaged a textbook.

Service-learning Programs:
- Encourages school districts to ...

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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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UTSigned into law 03/2009P-12Duties of Commission on Volunteers
H.B. 231
Relates to the Utah Commission on Volunteers. Removes the commission's duty to prepare service learning applications. Removes the commission's duty to establish a community volunteer training program to assist school districts in implementing certain literacy ...

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GAadopted 07/2008P-12Learn and Serve Grant
GAC 160-1-4.258
Amends rule to address the purpose, terms and conditions, eligible recipients, criteria for award, and directions and deadlines for applying for the Learn and Serve grant....

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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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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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VASigned into law 03/2007P-12Excellence in Community Service Diploma Seal
S.B. 751
Requires the Board of Education to establish criteria for awarding a diploma seal for excellence in community service for the standard and advanced studies diplomas. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?071+ful+SB751...

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ILSigned into law 06/2006P-12Community Service Education Act
H.B. 4832
Creates the Community Service Education Act. Establishes the Community Service Education Program. with voluntary district participation. Identifies items that may serve as best practices to be considered by districts opting to implement the program. Provides t...

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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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COBecame law without governor's signature 05/2006P-12Community Service Recognition
H.B. 1121
Concerns recognition of community service performed by students; requires each school district to adopt a policy whereby a student may earn a certificate of community service to be reflected on the student's high school diploma; specifies the minimum contents ...

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HISigned into law 05/2006P-12Commission for National and Community Service
H.B. 3194
Reduces the term of membership on the Hawaii Commission for National and Community Service from 4 to 3 years. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/sessioncurrent/bills/HB3194_SD1_.pdf ...

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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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IDIssued 04/2006P-12Idaho Commission for National and Community Service
Executive Order 2006-14
Changes the name of the Idaho Commission for National and Community Service to "Serve Idaho", with the tagline of "Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism." Provides that Serve Idaho ("the Commission") is established to advise and assist in the deve...

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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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MDVetoed 04/2005P-12Department of Juvenile Services Educational Programs - Private Residential Rehabilitative Institutions
S.B. 503
Requiring private residential rehabilitative institutions to develop and implement a specified educational program; requiring a specified educational program to be approved by the State Department of Education before the program is implemented; providing for t...

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GAAdopted 01/2005P-12Community Service Grant
GAC 160-1-4-.268
Establishes rules regarding the community service grant....

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AKSigned into law 09/2004P-12Alaska State Community Service Commission
Administrative Order 220
Reestablishes the Alaska State Community Service Commission to update its duties and organizational structure. Establishes membership, officers and duties. http://gov.state.ak.us/admin-orders/220.html...

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CAIssued 08/2004P-12California Service Corps
Executive Order S-14-04
Rescinds executive order D-51-02 establishing Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GO SERV) as the lead agency for promoting service and volunteerism in the state. Reorganizes the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism as the California Servic...

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ILSigned into law 08/2003P-12Community Service
S.B. 372
Provides that community service may include participation in a high school or community blood drive or other blood recruitment campaign. Provides for development of units of instruction. Allows a school district to also teach students about blood donor and tra...

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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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TXSigned into law 05/2003Postsec.Service Learning Requirement
S.C.R. 12
Urging public and private institutions of higher education in the State of Texas to adopt service learning as an important pedagogical tool and a central form of engagement, civic outreach, and citizenship education....

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AZSigned into law 05/2003P-12Volunteerism in Schools
S.B. 1278
Directs Board of Education to establish guidelines to promote volunteerism in community services for students in grades 9 through 12 prior to graduation from high school; requires parental consent for participation; provides procedures for a written proposal b...

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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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WVSigned into law 03/2002Postsec.Credit for Services Performed, Dual Enrollment
H.B. 4362
Each governing board is required to establish and implement a policy through which college students obtain credit toward graduation for service performed in the public schools as tutors, student advisors, and mentors to instill in public school students the be...

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CASigned into law 01/2002P-12Omnibus Bill - Service Learning Component
A.B. 804
Creates the Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning program to promote service to the communities of
California in honor of the life and work of Cesar Chavez. The program is to be administered by the California Commission on Improving Life Through Service in ...

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CASigned into law 09/2000P-12Intergenerational Programs
A.B. 2558
Requires the California Commission on Improving Life Through Service, in consultation with an advisory board consisting of representatives of the State Department of Education, the California Department of Aging, the Corporation for National Service, and other...

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CASigned into law 09/2000P-12Cal. State Service Learning Program
S.B. 1737
Requires the systemwide Office of Community Service Learning of the California State University to develop, coordinate, and promote systemwide and campus service learning courses and centers on the campuses of the California State University. Prescribes the go...

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NYVetoed 08/2000P-12Community Service
S.B. 807
Veto No. 9 of 2000. Directs Commissioner of Education in consultation with Chancellor of the State University of New York and the Chancellor of the City University of New York to establish a program to encourage community service for undergraduate and graduate...

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KYSigned into law 03/2000P-12Community Volunteerism
S.B. 233
Transfers the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service from the Council on Postsecondary Education to the Office of the Secretary, Cabinet for Families and Children; continues exemption of the Commission's employees from the classified service...

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