Florida Senate - 2015                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for CS for SB 616
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                Floor: 1e/F/2R         .                                
             04/01/2015 04:28 PM       .                                

       Senator Hays moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment to Amendment (877970) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Between lines 44 and 45
    5  insert:
    6         Section 1. Subsection (2) of section 1003.42, Florida
    7  Statutes, is amended to read:
    8         1003.42 Required instruction.—
    9         (2) Members of the instructional staff of the public
   10  schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education
   11  and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and
   12  faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the
   13  highest standards for professionalism and historic accuracy,
   14  following the prescribed courses of study, and employing
   15  approved methods of instruction, the following:
   16         (a) The history and content of the Declaration of
   17  Independence, including national sovereignty, natural law, self
   18  evident truth, equality of all persons, limited government,
   19  popular sovereignty, and inalienable rights of life, liberty,
   20  and property, and how they form the philosophical foundation of
   21  our government.
   22         (b) The history, meaning, significance, and effect of the
   23  provisions of the Constitution of the United States and
   24  amendments thereto, with emphasis on each of the 10 amendments
   25  that make up the Bill of Rights and how the constitution
   26  provides the structure of our government.
   27         (c) The arguments in support of adopting our republican
   28  form of government, as they are embodied in the most important
   29  of the Federalist Papers.
   30         (d) Flag education, including proper flag display and flag
   31  salute.
   32         (e) The elements of civil government, including the primary
   33  functions of and interrelationships between the Federal
   34  Government, the state, and its counties, municipalities, school
   35  districts, and special districts.
   36         (f) The history of the United States, including the period
   37  of discovery, early colonies, the War for Independence, the
   38  Civil War, the expansion of the United States to its present
   39  boundaries, the world wars, and the civil rights movement to the
   40  present. American history shall be viewed as factual, not as
   41  constructed, shall be viewed as knowable, teachable, and
   42  testable, and shall be defined as the creation of a new nation
   43  based largely on the universal principles stated in the
   44  Declaration of Independence.
   45         (g) The history of the Holocaust (1933-1945), the
   46  systematic, planned annihilation of European Jews and other
   47  groups by Nazi Germany, a watershed event in the history of
   48  humanity, to be taught in a manner that leads to an
   49  investigation of human behavior, an understanding of the
   50  ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping, and an
   51  examination of what it means to be a responsible and respectful
   52  person, for the purposes of encouraging tolerance of diversity
   53  in a pluralistic society and for nurturing and protecting
   54  democratic values and institutions.
   55         (h) The history of African Americans, including the history
   56  of African peoples before the political conflicts that led to
   57  the development of slavery, the passage to America, the
   58  enslavement experience, abolition, and the contributions of
   59  African Americans to society. Instructional materials shall
   60  include the contributions of African Americans to American
   61  society.
   62         (i) The elementary principles of agriculture.
   63         (j) The true effects of all alcoholic and intoxicating
   64  liquors and beverages and narcotics upon the human body and
   65  mind.
   66         (k) Kindness to animals.
   67         (l) The history of the state.
   68         (m) The conservation of natural resources.
   69         (n) Comprehensive health education that addresses concepts
   70  of community health; consumer health; environmental health;
   71  family life, including an awareness of the benefits of sexual
   72  abstinence as the expected standard and the consequences of
   73  teenage pregnancy; mental and emotional health; injury
   74  prevention and safety; Internet safety; nutrition; personal
   75  health; prevention and control of disease; and substance use and
   76  abuse. The health education curriculum for students in grades 7
   77  through 12 shall include a teen dating violence and abuse
   78  component that includes, but is not limited to, the definition
   79  of dating violence and abuse, the warning signs of dating
   80  violence and abusive behavior, the characteristics of healthy
   81  relationships, measures to prevent and stop dating violence and
   82  abuse, and community resources available to victims of dating
   83  violence and abuse.
   84         (o) Such additional materials, subjects, courses, or fields
   85  in such grades as are prescribed by law or by rules of the State
   86  Board of Education and the district school board in fulfilling
   87  the requirements of law.
   88         (p) The study of Hispanic contributions to the United
   89  States.
   90         (q) The study of women’s contributions to the United
   91  States.
   92         (r) The nature and importance of free enterprise to the
   93  United States economy.
   94         (s) A character-development program in the elementary
   95  schools, similar to Character First or Character Counts, which
   96  is secular in nature. Beginning in school year 2004-2005, the
   97  character-development program shall be required in kindergarten
   98  through grade 12. Each district school board shall develop or
   99  adopt a curriculum for the character-development program that
  100  shall be submitted to the department for approval. The
  101  character-development curriculum shall stress the qualities of
  102  patriotism; responsibility; citizenship; kindness; respect for
  103  authority, life, liberty, and personal property; honesty;
  104  charity; self-control; racial, ethnic, and religious tolerance;
  105  and cooperation.
  106         (t) In order to encourage patriotism, the sacrifices that
  107  veterans have made in serving our country and protecting
  108  democratic values worldwide. Such instruction must occur on or
  109  before Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day. Members of the
  110  instructional staff are encouraged to use the assistance of
  111  local veterans when practicable.
  113  The State Board of Education shall is encouraged to adopt
  114  standards and pursue assessment of the requirements of this
  115  subsection as a component of the statewide, standardized
  116  assessments or as a component of existing local assessments, as
  117  appropriate.
  119  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
  120  And the title is amended as follows:
  121         Delete lines 1593 - 1596
  122  and insert:
  123         act; amending s. 1003.4156, F.S.; deleting provisions
  124         relating to remediation for middle grades students;
  125         amending s. 1003.42, F.S.; requiring, rather than
  126         encouraging, the State Board of Education to adopt
  127         standards and pursue assessment of areas of required
  128         instruction; amending s. 1003.4282, F.S.; deleting
  129         provisions relating to remediation for high school
  130         students; amending s. 1003.4285, F.S.; revising