Amended in Assembly May 24, 2013

Amended in Assembly May 6, 2013

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 700


Introduced by Assembly Member Gomez

February 21, 2013


An act to amend Section 33540 of the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 700, as amended, Gomez. Pupil instruction: voter education.

Existing law establishes the Instructional Quality Commission, and requires the commission, among other duties, to ensure that specified historical documents are incorporated into the history-social science framework when it is revised.

This bill would also require the commissionbegin insert, when the history-social science framework is revised,end insert tobegin delete encourage a voter education component, providing instruction in how to register and cast votes in local, state, and federal elections, and how to useend deletebegin insert ensure that voter education information is included in the end insertbegin insertAmerican government and civics curriculum at the high school level, including, but not limited to, information on the importance of registering to vote in local, state, and federal elections, and where and how to accessend insert the voter information pamphlet and other materials to become an informed voterbegin delete, to be included in American Government and civics courses when the history-social science framework is revisedend delete.

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The bill would provide that it shall not be construed as requiring the commission to meet specifically for purposes of implementing the changes made by the bill, and would require that any revisions to the history-social science framework made pursuant to the bill be implemented in accordance with the commission’s regular adoption schedule.

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Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 33540 of the Education Code is amended
2to read:

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33540.  

(a) The state board and the department shall request
4that the commission review and revise, as necessary, the course
5requirements in the history-social science framework developed
6by the History-Social Science Curriculum Framework and Criteria
7Committee of the state board to ensure that minimum standards
8for courses in American government and civics include sufficient
9attention to teaching pupils how to interact, in a practical manner,
10with state and local governmental agencies and representatives to
11solve problems and to petition for changes in laws and procedures.

12(b) When the history-social science framework is revised as
13required by law, the commission shall do both of the following:
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15(1) Encourage a voter education component to be included in
16the American Government and civics course that includes
17instruction on how to register and cast votes in local, state, and
18federal elections, and how to use the voter information pamphlet
19and other materials to become an informed voter.

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20(1) Ensure that voter education information is included in the
21American government and civics curriculum at the high school
22level, including, but not limited to, information on the importance
23of registering to vote in local, state, and federal elections, and
24where and how to access the voter information pamphlet and other
25materials to become an informed voter.

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26(2) Ensure that the following historical documents are
27incorporated into the framework, as appropriate:

28(A) The Declaration of Independence.

29(B) The United States Constitution, including the Bill of Rights.

30(C) The Federalist Papers.

31(D) The Emancipation Proclamation.

P3    1(E) The Gettysburg Address.

2(F) George Washington’s Farewell Address.

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begin insertThis act shall not be construed as requiring the
4Instructional Quality Commission to meet specifically for purposes
5of implementing the changes made by Section 1 of this act, and
6any revisions to the history-social science framework made
7pursuant to Section 1 of this act shall be implemented in
8accordance with the commission’s regular adoption schedule.end insert



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