Bill Text - SB45 (2017)

Requiring a course in civics for high school graduation.


Revision: May 5, 2017, 9:44 a.m.

SB 45 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

02/23/2017   0495s

4May2017... 1447h

2017 SESSION

17-0766

04/03

 

SENATE BILL 45

 

AN ACT requiring a course in civics for high school graduation.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Rep. P. Long, Hills. 10

 

COMMITTEE: Education

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill provides that a civics course shall be required for high school graduation.  

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

02/23/2017   0495s

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04/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT requiring a course in civics for high school graduation.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Instruction in National and State History and Government; Civics Instruction.  Amend RSA 189:11 to read as follows:

189:11  Instruction in National and State History and Government.  

I.  In all public and private schools in the state there shall be given regular courses of instruction in the history, government and constitutions of the United States and New Hampshire, including the organization and operation of New Hampshire municipal, county and state government and of the federal government.  Such instruction shall begin not later than the [opening] beginning of the eighth grade and shall continue in all high [school] schools as [an identifiable] a component of a [year's] one credit course of instruction required for high school graduation in [the history and government of the] United States and New Hampshire history and a one-half credit course of instruction required for high school graduation in United States and New Hampshire government/civics.  A school district shall develop and offer the United States and New Hampshire government/civics course and at a minimum, the course shall include instruction in the following areas:

(a)  Opportunities and responsibilities for civic involvement.

(b)  Skills to effectively participate in civic affairs.

(c) The U.S. Constitution and the principles stated in the Articles and Amendments of the U.S. Constitution that provide the foundation for the democratic government of the United States.

(d)  The New Hampshire constitution and the principles stated in the articles of the New Hampshire constitution that provide the foundation for the democratic government of New Hampshire.  

(e)  The structure and functions of the 3 branches comprising federal and state governments: legislative, judicial, and executive.

(f)  The role, opportunities, and responsibilities of a citizen to engage in civic activity.

(g)  The role and interactions of the state of New Hampshire and local governments within the framework of the U.S. Constitution and of extended powers and functions provided to local governments.

(h)  How federal, state, and local governments address problems and issues by making decisions, creating laws, enforcing regulations, and taking action.

(i)  The role and actions of government in the flow of economic activity and the regulation of monetary policy.

II.  As a component of instruction under paragraph I, a locally developed competency assessment of United States government and civics that includes, but is not limited to, the nature, purpose, structure, function, and history of the United States government, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and noteworthy government and civic leaders, shall be administered to students as part of the high school course in history and government of the United States and New Hampshire.  Students who attain a passing grade on the competency assessment shall be eligible for a certificate issued by the school district.  The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) test may be used to satisfy the requirement of this paragraph.  

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

SB 45 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

02/23/2017   0495s

4May2017... 1447h

2017 SESSION

17-0766

04/03

 

SENATE BILL 45

 

AN ACT requiring a course in civics for high school graduation.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Rep. P. Long, Hills. 10

 

COMMITTEE: Education

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill provides that a civics course shall be required for high school graduation.  

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

02/23/2017   0495s

4May2017... 1447h 17-0766

04/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT requiring a course in civics for high school graduation.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Instruction in National and State History and Government; Civics Instruction.  Amend RSA 189:11 to read as follows:

189:11  Instruction in National and State History and Government.  

I.  In all public and private schools in the state there shall be given regular courses of instruction in the history, government and constitutions of the United States and New Hampshire, including the organization and operation of New Hampshire municipal, county and state government and of the federal government.  Such instruction shall begin not later than the [opening] beginning of the eighth grade and shall continue in all high [school] schools as [an identifiable] a component of a [year's] one credit course of instruction required for high school graduation in [the history and government of the] United States and New Hampshire history and a one-half credit course of instruction required for high school graduation in United States and New Hampshire government/civics.  A school district shall develop and offer the United States and New Hampshire government/civics course and at a minimum, the course shall include instruction in the following areas:

(a)  Opportunities and responsibilities for civic involvement.

(b)  Skills to effectively participate in civic affairs.

(c) The U.S. Constitution and the principles stated in the Articles and Amendments of the U.S. Constitution that provide the foundation for the democratic government of the United States.

(d)  The New Hampshire constitution and the principles stated in the articles of the New Hampshire constitution that provide the foundation for the democratic government of New Hampshire.  

(e)  The structure and functions of the 3 branches comprising federal and state governments: legislative, judicial, and executive.

(f)  The role, opportunities, and responsibilities of a citizen to engage in civic activity.

(g)  The role and interactions of the state of New Hampshire and local governments within the framework of the U.S. Constitution and of extended powers and functions provided to local governments.

(h)  How federal, state, and local governments address problems and issues by making decisions, creating laws, enforcing regulations, and taking action.

(i)  The role and actions of government in the flow of economic activity and the regulation of monetary policy.

II.  As a component of instruction under paragraph I, a locally developed competency assessment of United States government and civics that includes, but is not limited to, the nature, purpose, structure, function, and history of the United States government, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and noteworthy government and civic leaders, shall be administered to students as part of the high school course in history and government of the United States and New Hampshire.  Students who attain a passing grade on the competency assessment shall be eligible for a certificate issued by the school district.  The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) test may be used to satisfy the requirement of this paragraph.  

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.