January 27, 2004



DIGEST OF HB 1205 (Updated January 23, 2004 9:05 am - DI 109)

Citations Affected: IC 20-10.1.

Synopsis: Requires all public high schools to provide instruction in local and state government.

Effective: July 1, 2004.

Lytle , Thompson

    January 13, 2004, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.
    January 26, 2004, amended, reported _ Do Pass; referred to Committee on Ways and Means pursuant to Rule 127.

January 27, 2004

Second Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2004)

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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 20-10.1-4-3; (04)HB1205.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-10.1-4-3 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]: Sec. 3. System of Government; American History. (a) Each public and nonpublic school shall provide within the two (2) weeks preceding each general election for all students in each of grades six (6) through twelve (12) five (5) full recitation periods of class discussion concerning focused on the system of government in Indiana and in the United States, methods of voting, party structures, election laws, and the responsibilities of citizen participation in government and in elections. The department shall develop guidelines and the state board shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 with regard to the instruction required under this section to assist teachers assigned to teach the material described in this section.
    (b) No one An individual may not receive a high school diploma unless he the individual has completed a two (2) semester course in American history.
    (c) If a public school superintendent violates this section, the state

superintendent shall receive and record reports of the violations, and the general assembly may examine these reports.

SOURCE: IC 20-10.1-4-5; (04)HB1205.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 20-10.1-4-5 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]: Sec. 5. Each school corporation shall include in its curriculum the following studies:
        (1) Language arts, including English, grammar, composition, speech, and second languages.
        (2) Mathematics.
        (3) Social studies and citizenship, including the constitutions, the Indiana and the United States governmental systems, and histories of Indiana and the United States.
        (4) Sciences.
        (5) Fine arts, including music and art.
        (6) Health education, physical fitness, safety, and the effects of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and other substances on the human body.
        (7) Additional studies selected by each governing body, subject to revision by the state board of education.