South Carolina General Assembly
120th Session, 2013-2014

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H. 3905

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General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Loftis, H.A. Crawford, Brannon, Daning, Crosby, Munnerlyn, J.R. Smith, Burns, Dillard, V.S. Moss, Pope, Powers Norrell, Ridgeway, Rivers, Simrill, Toole, Wood, W.J. McLeod and Cobb-Hunter
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Introduced in the House on April 9, 2013
Introduced in the Senate on April 15, 2014
Last Amended on April 10, 2014
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Education

Summary: Back to Basics in Education Act of 2013

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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    4/9/2013  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 52)
    4/9/2013  House   Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works 
                        (House Journal-page 52)
   3/19/2014  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: W.J.McLeod
    4/1/2014  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Cobb-Hunter
    4/2/2014  House   Committee report: Favorable with amendment Education and 
                        Public Works (House Journal-page 108)
   4/10/2014  House   Requests for debate-Rep(s). Anthony, KR Crawford, 
                        Clyburn, Hayes, Vick, Merrill, Tallon, Gilliard, 
                        Robinson-Simpson
   4/10/2014  House   Requests for debate removed-Rep(s). Anthony, KR 
                        Crawford, Tallon, Robinson-Simpson, Hayes, Clyburn, 
                        Merrill
   4/10/2014  House   Amended
   4/10/2014  House   Read second time
   4/10/2014  House   Roll call Yeas-92  Nays-0
   4/10/2014  House   Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative 
                        day
   4/11/2014  House   Read third time and sent to Senate
   4/15/2014  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 11)
   4/15/2014  Senate  Referred to Committee on Education 
                        (Senate Journal-page 11)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

4/9/2013
4/2/2014
4/10/2014

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AMENDED

April 10, 2014

H. 3905

Introduced by Reps. Loftis, H.A. Crawford, Brannon, Daning, Crosby, Munnerlyn, J.R. Smith, Burns, Dillard, V.S. Moss, Pope, Powers Norrell, Ridgeway, Rivers, Simrill, Toole, Wood, W.J. McLeod and Cobb-Hunter

S. Printed 4/10/14--H.

Read the first time April 9, 2013.

            

A BILL

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, SO AS TO ENACT THE "BACK TO BASICS IN EDUCATION ACT OF 2013" BY ADDING SECTION 59-29-15 SO AS TO ADD CURSIVE WRITING AND MEMORIZATION OF MULTIPLICATION TABLES TO THE REQUIRED SUBJECTS OF INSTRUCTION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, TO REQUIRE STUDENTS DEMONSTRATE COMPETENCE IN EACH SUBJECT BEFORE COMPLETION OF THE FIFTH GRADE, TO PROVIDE THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO ASSIST THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN IDENTIFYING THE MOST APPROPRIATE MEANS FOR INTEGRATING THIS REQUIREMENT INTO THEIR EXISTING CURRICULUMS, AND TO MAKE THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT APPLICABLE BEGINNING WITH THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR.

Amend Title To Conform

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    This act must be known and may be cited as the "Back to Basics in Education Act of 2014".

SECTION    2.    Article 1, Chapter 29, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 59-29-15.    (A)    In addition to the requirements that writing and arithmetic be subjects of instruction in each school district pursuant to Section 59-29-10, each school district shall:

(1)    provide instruction in cursive writing to ensure that students can create readable documents through legible cursive handwriting by the end of fifth grade; and

(2)    require students to memorize multiplication tables to ensure that students can effectively multiply numbers by the end of fifth grade.

(B)    The State Department of Education shall assist the school districts in identifying the most appropriate means for integrating this requirement into their existing curriculums. Additionally, the department, using procedures followed for other textbook adoptions, shall review and recommend cursive writing instructional materials for inclusion on the approved state textbook adoption list. Schools may select these materials in the same manner that other textbooks are selected from the list."

SECTION    3.    The provisions of this section take effect upon approval of the Governor, and are applicable beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year.

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