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S.F. No. 294 - Student Civic Life Preparation
 
Author: Senator Carla J. Nelson
 
Prepared By: Bjorn E. Arneson, Senate Analyst (651/296-3812)
 
Date: February 12, 2019



 

Section 1. Graduation requirements. Requires that students beginning 9th grade in the 2020-2021 school year and later earn credit for a course in government and citizenship in either 11th or 12th grade. This credit is included in the existing 3.5 social studies credits required for graduation. Makes this section effective beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.

Section 2. Definitions. Defines “civic life” to mean the public life of citizens, concerning affairs of the community and nation, as contrasted with private or personal life, which is devoted to the pursuit of private and personal interests. Makes this section effective beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.

Section 3. Performance measures. Requires that an understanding of civic life be included in a district or site’s performance measures under the World’s Best Workforce. Makes this section effective beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.

Section 4. Statewide testing. For purposes of statewide accountability, defines an understanding of "civic life" to mean student learning experiences that include activities such as: community problem solving; volunteering for a nonelectoral organization addressing a matter of public interest; participating as a member of a group or association addressing a matter of public interest; participating in a fund-raising walk, run, or ride for a publicly recognized charity; participating in a fund-raising effort for a publicly recognized charity; voting or persuading or registering others to vote; volunteering as an election judge; engaging in political speech in the school or community; volunteering for a candidate or political organization; contacting public officials or media organizations to express an idea or concern of public interest; or writing and e-mailing positions addressing a matter of public interest. Makes this section effective beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.

Section 5. School performance reports and public reporting. Requires the commissioner to annually report the percentage of students who graduated in the previous school year who correctly answered at least 30 of 50 civics test questions in the set of questions required under section 120B.02, subdivision 3. Makes this section effective immediately.

 
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