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4657Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 20000222Primary Sponsor: Education and Public Works Committee HEPW 21All Sponsors: Education and Public Works CommitteeDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\nbd\11797sd00.docResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Education Committee 04 SEDSubject: Character education program, school district trustees to develop, curriculum, students, Education DepartmentHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 20000314 Introduced, read first time, 04 SED referred to Committee House 20000309 Read third time, sent to Senate House 20000308 Read second time House 20000224 Request for debate by Representative Sheheen Bales Moody- Lawrence Walker Robinson J. Smith Cobb-Hunter House 20000222 Introduced, read first time Versions of This Bill Revised on February 22, 2000 - Word format
February 22, 2000
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TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-17-135 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS OF TRUSTEES ARE ENCOURAGED TO DEVELOP POLICIES ADDRESSING CHARACTER EDUCATION; TO PROVIDE FOR THE MANNER IN WHICH THESE POLICIES SHALL BE DEVELOPED, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SHALL FURNISH ASSISTANCE TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THIS REGARD.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 59-17-135. (A) The General Assembly finds:
(1) the schools of South Carolina must provide the safest environment possible for students to learn;
(2) teaching positive character traits is essential to improving the learning environment, promoting student achievement, reducing disciplinary problems, and developing civic-minded students;
(3) schools must be encouraged to instill the highest character and academic excellence in each student, in close cooperation with the student's parents; and
(4) elected officials, community and civic leaders, business leaders, religious institutions, youth organizations, government, media, and citizens-at-large must be encouraged to become actively involved in creating an atmosphere which encourages positive character development through every sector of the community.
(B) Each local school board of trustees of the State is encouraged to develop a policy addressing character education. Any character education program implemented by a district as a result of an adopted policy shall, to the extent possible, incorporate character traits including, but not limited to, the following: respect for others, honesty, self-control, cleanliness, courtesy, good manners, cooperation, citizenship, patriotism, courage, fairness, kindness, self-respect, compassion, tolerance, diligence, generosity, punctuality, cheerfulness, patience, sportsmanship, loyalty, and virtue. Local school boards must include all sectors of the community as referenced in subsection (A)(4) in the development of a policy and in the development of any program implemented as a result of the policy. As part of any policy and program developed by the local school board, an evaluation component shall be included.
(C) Upon request, the State Department of Education shall provide to the school districts of the State information on programs, curriculums, and resources that currently is available. In addition, the State Department of Education shall provide to the school districts of the State information on best practices and successful programs currently being implemented."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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