Introduced Version




Citations Affected: IC 20-10.1-4-4.5 .

Synopsis: Character education. Requires public elementary schools to provide good citizenship instruction that includes a formal character development program that is approved by the department of education.

Effective: July 1, 2001.


    January 9, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.


First Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2001)

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    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 20-10.1-4-4.5; (01)IN1216.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-10.1-4-4.5 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 4.5. (a) Notwithstanding IC 20-10.1-1-0.5 , this section applies only to public schools (as defined in IC 20-10.1-1-2 ).
    (b) As used in this section, "good citizenship instruction" means integrating into the current curriculum instruction that stresses the nature and importance of the following:
        (1) Being honest and truthful.
        (2) Respecting authority.
        (3) Respecting the property of others.
        (4) Always doing one's personal best.
        (5) Not stealing.
        (6) Possessing the skills necessary to live peaceably in society and not resorting to violence to settle disputes.
        (7) Taking personal responsibility for obligations to family and community.
        (8) Taking personal responsibility for earning a livelihood.
        (9) Treating others the way one would want to be treated.
        (10) Respecting the national flag, the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Indiana.
        (11) Respecting one's parents and home.
        (12) Respecting one's self.
        (13) Respecting the rights of others to have their own views and religious beliefs.
     (c) A public elementary school shall provide good citizenship instruction that includes a formal character development program that:
        (1) is approved by the department;
        (2) is secular in nature; and
        (3) emphasizes the importance of the following values:
            (A) Trustworthiness.
            (B) Respect.
            (C) Responsibility.
            (D) Fairness.
            (E) Caring.
            (F) Citizenship.