Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1205

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-10.1-4.

Synopsis: Mandatory local and state government class. Requires all public high schools to provide instruction in local and state government. Provides that an individual may not receive a diploma from a public high school unless the individual completes a one semester course in local and state government.

Effective: July 1, 2004.





Lytle




    January 13, 2004, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2004)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1205



    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)IN1205.1.1. -->     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 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.
    (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) An individual may not receive a high school diploma from a public school unless the individual has completed a one (1) semester course in local and state government.
     (d) 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)IN1205.1.2. -->     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.
SOURCE: IC 20-10.1-4-14.5; (04)IN1205.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 20-10.1-4-14.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]: Sec. 14.5. (a) Each public high school shall teach a course in local and state government.
    (b) A course taught under this section must be at least one (1) full semester in length.
    (c) The state board of education shall prepare a guide for courses taught under this section. The teacher of a course taught under this section shall use the guide prepared under this subsection. The guide may be revised under the direction of the state board of education.
    (d) The state board of education shall, under IC 20-10.1-9, adopt textbooks or other materials for courses taught under this section.