Florida Senate - 2019 SB 1480 By Senator Stargel 22-01473A-19 20191480__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to civics education; amending s. 3 1003.4156, F.S.; requiring that instructional 4 materials for certain civics education courses include 5 only materials reviewed by the Florida Joint Center 6 for Citizenship and approved by the Commissioner of 7 Education; requiring the commissioner to identify 8 errors and inaccuracies in state-adopted materials; 9 requiring such errors and inaccuracies to be 10 corrected; deleting obsolete language; providing an 11 effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section 16 1003.4156, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 17 1003.4156 General requirements for middle grades 18 promotion.— 19 (1) In order for a student to be promoted to high school 20 from a school that includes middle grades 6, 7, and 8, the 21 student must successfully complete the following courses: 22 (c) Three middle grades or higher courses in social 23 studies.
Beginning with students entering grade 6 in the 201224 2013 school year,One of these courses must be at least a one 25 semester civics education course that includes the roles and 26 responsibilities of federal, state, and local governments; the 27 structures and functions of the legislative, executive, and 28 judicial branches of government; and the meaning and 29 significance of historic documents, such as the Articles of 30 Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, and the 31 Constitution of the United States. The instructional materials 32 for the civics education course shall include only instructional 33 materials reviewed by the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship 34 and approved by the Commissioner of Education. Any errors and 35 inaccuracies in state-adopted materials identified by the 36 commissioner must be corrected pursuant to s. 1006.35. Beginning37 with the 2013-2014 school year,Each student’s performance on 38 the statewide, standardized EOC assessment in civics education 39 required under s. 1008.22 constitutes 30 percent of the 40 student’s final course grade. A middle grades student who 41 transfers into the state’s public school system from out of 42 country, out of state, a private school, or a home education 43 program after the beginning of the second term of grade 8 is not 44 required to meet the civics education requirement for promotion 45 from the middle grades if the student’s transcript documents 46 passage of three courses in social studies or two year-long 47 courses in social studies that include coverage of civics 48 education. 49 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.