Bill Text: TX SB174 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to inclusion of a course on the founding principles of the United States in the curriculum requirements for public high school students and the posting of the founding documents of the United States in public school buildings.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-01-25 - Referred to Education [SB174 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-SB174-Introduced.html
  85R2956 KJE-D
 
  By: Campbell S.B. No. 174
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to inclusion of a course on the founding principles of the
  United States in the curriculum requirements for public high school
  students and the posting of the founding documents of the United
  States in public school buildings.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 28.025, Education Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (b-22) to read as follows:
         (b-22)  The State Board of Education shall adopt rules
  requiring students to successfully complete a semester course on
  the founding principles of the United States as part of a district's
  social studies curriculum. The course must focus on the principles
  underlying the United States form of government, the Declaration of
  Independence, the United States Constitution, the Federalist
  Papers, and the writings of the Founding Fathers of the United
  States.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter D, Chapter 11, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 11.173 to read as follows:
         Sec. 11.173.  POSTING OF FOUNDING DOCUMENTS. The board of
  trustees of an independent school district shall permit and
  encourage the posting in a district classroom or school building of
  a copy of the founding documents of the United States, including the
  Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the
  Federalist Papers, and the writings of the Founding Fathers of the
  United States.
         SECTION 3.  Section 28.025(b-22), Education Code, as added
  by this Act, applies beginning with students who enter the ninth
  grade during the 2017-2018 school year.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
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