HOUSE BILL No. 1216
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
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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HOUSE BILL No. 1216
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 20-10.1-4-4.5; (01)IN1216.1.1. -->
IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 4.5. (a)
, this section applies only to public
schools (as defined in
(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
(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
(c) A public elementary school shall provide good citizenship
instruction that includes a formal character development program
(1) is approved by the department;
(2) is secular in nature; and
(3) emphasizes the importance of the following values: