BILL NUMBER: AB 199	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN SENATE  JUNE 28, 2011
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  MARCH 17, 2011

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Members Ma and Cook
   (Principal coauthor: Senator Yee)

                        JANUARY 27, 2011

   An act to amend Section  51221.4   51221.3
 of the Education Code, relating to school curriculum.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 199, as amended, Ma. School curriculum: social sciences:
Filipinos in World War II.
   Existing law requires the adopted course of study for grades 7 to
12, inclusive, to include instruction in social sciences, which is
permitted to include instruction on World War II and the American
role in that war. Existing law encourages that instruction to include
a component drawn from personal testimony of American soldiers who
were involved in World War II and those men and women who contributed
to the war effort on the homefront. 
   Existing law also encourages the required instruction in social
sciences to include instruction on the Vietnam War, including the
"Secret War" in Laos, and the role of Southeast Asians in that war.
Those provisions encourage that instruction to include a component
drawn from personal testimony of Southeast Asians who were involved
in the Vietnam War and those men and women who contributed to the war
effort on the homefront. School districts are required to implement
this instruction in a manner that does not result in the imposition
of new duties or programs. 
   This bill would encourage instruction in social sciences for
grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to include instruction on World War II and
the role of Filipinos in that war, and would encourage that
instruction to include a component drawn from personal testimony, as
provided.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   SECTION 1.    Section 51221.3 of the  
Education Code   is amended to read: 
   51221.3.  (a) Instruction in the area of social sciences, as
required pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 51220, may include
instruction on World War II and the American role in that war. The
Legislature encourages  that  this instruction 
to  include, but not be limited to, a component drawn from
personal testimony, especially in the form of oral or video 
history   histories  , if available, of American
soldiers who were involved in World War II and those men and women
who contributed to the war effort on the homefront. The oral
histories used as part of the instruction regarding World War II
shall exemplify the personal sacrifice and courage of the wide range
of ordinary citizens who were called upon to participate. The oral
histories shall contain the views and comments of their subjects
regarding the reasons for American participation in the war and the
actions taken to end the war in the Pacific. These oral histories
shall also solicit comments from their subjects regarding the
aftermath of the war in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
   (b) The Legislature finds and declares that the current
state-adopted academic content standards already include instruction
on the Korean War and the Vietnam War in the appropriate grade level
consistent with those standards. The Legislature encourages that this
instruction include a component drawn from personal testimony,
especially in the form of oral or video  history 
 histories  , if available, of American soldiers who were
involved in those wars. 
   (c) (1) The Legislature encourages the instruction required
pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 51220 to include instruction
on World War II and the role of Filipinos in that war, consisting of
an accurate history of the contributions of the Filipino American
veterans who fought courageously in the United States Army for
freedom and democracy in World War II under the leadership of General
Douglas MacArthur.  
   (2) The Legislature encourages the instruction described in
paragraph (1) to include a component drawn from personal testimony,
especially in the form of oral or video histories of Filipinos who
were involved in World War II and those men and women who contributed
to the war effort on the homefront. The oral histories used as a
part of the instruction regarding the role of Filipinos in World War
II are encouraged to do all of the following:  
   (A) Exemplify the personal sacrifice and courage of the wide range
of ordinary citizens who were called upon to participate and to
provide intelligence for the United States.  
   (B) Contain the views and comments of their subjects regarding the
reasons for their participation in the war.  
   (C) Solicit comments from their subjects regarding the aftermath
of the war and the immigration of Filipinos to the United States.
 
  SECTION 1.    Section 51221.4 of the Education
Code is amended to read:
   51221.4.  (a) The Legislature encourages instruction in the area
of social sciences, as required pursuant to subdivision (b) of
Section 51220, to include instruction on the Vietnam War, including
the "Secret War" in Laos, and the role of Southeast Asians in that
war. The Legislature encourages this instruction to include, but not
be limited to, a component drawn from personal testimony, especially
in the form of oral or video histories of Southeast Asians who were
involved in the Vietnam War and those men and women who contributed
to the war effort on the homefront. The oral histories used as a part
of the instruction regarding the role of Southeast Asians in the
Vietnam War and the "Secret War" in Laos shall exemplify the personal
sacrifice and courage of the wide range of ordinary citizens who
were called upon to participate and provide intelligence for the
United States. The oral histories shall contain the views and
comments of their subjects regarding the reasons for their
participation in the war. These oral histories shall also solicit
comments from their subjects regarding the aftermath of the war and
the immigration of Southeast Asians to the United States.
   (b) (1) The Legislature encourages the instruction required
pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 51220 to include instruction
on World War II and the role of Filipinos in that war, consisting of
an accurate history of the contributions of the Filipino American
veterans who fought courageously in the United States Army for
freedom and democracy in World War II under the leadership of General
Douglas MacArthur.
   (2) The Legislature encourages the instruction described in
paragraph (1) to include a component drawn from personal testimony,
especially in the form of oral or video histories of Filipinos who
were involved in World War II and those men and women who contributed
to the war effort on the homefront. The oral histories used as a
part of the instruction regarding the role of Filipinos in World War
II are encouraged to do all of the following:
   (A) Exemplify the personal sacrifice and courage of the wide range
of ordinary citizens who were called upon to participate and to
provide intelligence for the United States.
   (B) Contain the views and comments of their subjects regarding the
reasons for their participation in the war.
   (C) Solicit comments from their subjects regarding the aftermath
of the war and the immigration of Filipinos to the United States.
    (c) This section shall be carried out in a manner that does not
result in new duties or programs being imposed on the school
district. In that regard, the Legislature finds and declares that
this section does not mandate costs to local agencies or school
districts and that materials used to comply with this section shall
be part of normal curriculum materials purchased by school districts
in their normal course of business and purchasing cycles.