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By: Toth H.B. No. 3979
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT relating to civics instruction public school students and instruction policies in public schools.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 28.002, Education Code, is amended by adding Subsections and to read as follows:
(h-i) _In adopting _the essential knowledge and skills for the social studies curriculum, the State Board of Education shall adopt essential knowledge and skills that develop each student's civic knowledge, including __an understanding of:
fundamental moral, political, and intellectual foundations of the American experiment in self-government, as well as the history, qualities, traditions, and features of civic engagement in the United States;
(2) _the structure, function, and processes of government institutions at the federal, state, and local levels; and
(3) the founding _documents of the United States,
including the Declaration of Independence, the United States
nstii ion, the Federalist Papers (including but not limited to
Essays 10 and 51), excerpts from Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, the first Lincoln-Douglas debate, and the writings of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
In the instruction of the essential knowledge and skills for the social studies curriculum, in applicable courses of
Texas, United States, and world history, government, civics, social studies, or similar subject areas:
(1) no teacher shall be compelled by a policy of any state agency, school district, campus, open-enrollment charter school, or school administration to discuss current events or widely debated and currently controversial issues of public policy or social affairs;
(2) teachers who choose to discuss current events or widely debated and currently controversial issues of public policy or social affairs shall, to the best of their ability, strive to explore such issues from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to any one perspective;
(3) no _school district or teacher shall require, make part of a course, or award course grading or credit including extra credit for, student work for, affiliation with, or service learning in_association with any organization engaged in lobbying for legislation at the local, state or federal level, or in social or public policy advocac and
(4) no _school district or teacher shall require, make part of a course, or award course grading or credit including extra credit for, political activism, lobbying, or efforts to persuade members of the legislative or executive branch to take specific actions by direct communication at the local, state or federal level, or any practicum or like activity involving social or public policy advocacy.
(5) No teacher, administrator, or other employee in any _state agency, school district, campus, open-enrollment charter school, or school administration shall be required to engage in training, orientation, or therapy that presents any form of race or sex sex stereotyping or blame on the basis of race or sex.
(6) No teacher, administrator, or other employee in any _state agency, school district, campus, open-enrollment charter
school, or school administration shall shall require, or make part of a_course the following concepts: (1) one race or _sex is
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By: Toth H.B. No. 3979 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT relating to civics instruction public school students and instruction policies in public schools. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Section 28.002, Education Code, is amended by adding Subsections and to read as follows: (h-i) _In adopting _the essential knowledge and skills for the social studies curriculum, the State Board of Education shall adopt essential knowledge and skills that develop each student's civic knowledge, including __an understanding of: fundamental moral, political, and intellectual foundations of the American experiment in self-government, as well as the history, qualities, traditions, and features of civic engagement in the United States; (2) _the structure, function, and processes of government institutions at the federal, state, and local levels; and (3) the founding _documents of the United States, including the Declaration of Independence, the United States nstii ion, the Federalist Papers (including but not limited to Essays 10 and 51), excerpts from Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, the first Lincoln-Douglas debate, and the writings of the Founding Fathers of the United States. In the instruction of the essential knowledge and skills for the social studies curriculum, in applicable courses of Texas, United States, and world history, government, civics, social studies, or similar subject areas: (1) no teacher shall be compelled by a policy of any state agency, school district, campus, open-enrollment charter school, or school administration to discuss current events or widely debated and currently controversial issues of public policy or social affairs; (2) teachers who choose to discuss current events or widely debated and currently controversial issues of public policy or social affairs shall, to the best of their ability, strive to explore such issues from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to any one perspective; (3) no _school district or teacher shall require, make part of a course, or award course grading or credit including extra credit for, student work for, affiliation with, or service learning in_association with any organization engaged in lobbying for legislation at the local, state or federal level, or in social or public policy advocac and (4) no _school district or teacher shall require, make part of a course, or award course grading or credit including extra credit for, political activism, lobbying, or efforts to persuade members of the legislative or executive branch to take specific actions by direct communication at the local, state or federal level, or any practicum or like activity involving social or public policy advocacy. (5) No teacher, administrator, or other employee in any _state agency, school district, campus, open-enrollment charter school, or school administration shall be required to engage in training, orientation, or therapy that presents any form of race or sex sex stereotyping or blame on the basis of race or sex. (6) No teacher, administrator, or other employee in any _state agency, school district, campus, open-enrollment charter school, or school administration shall shall require, or make part of a_course the following concepts: (1) one race or _sex is 'th.