AN ACT TO ENACT THE FOUNDING PRINCIPLES ACT. Summarized in Daily Bulletin 4/4/11, 6/8/11, 6/14/11, 6/15/11, and 6/17/11. Enacted June 23, 2011. Effective June 23, 2011, and applies beginning with the 2014–15 school year.
Bill Summaries: all (2011-2012 Session)
Summary date: Jun 30 2011 - View summary
Summary date: Jun 17 2011 - View summary
Conference report recommends the following changes to 4th edition to reconcile matters in controversy. Modifies the contents of the curriculum that the local boards of education must require during the high school years to include a semester course entitled “American History I- The Founding Principles,” which contains topics, as specified.
Summary date: Jun 15 2011 - View summary
Senate amendment makes the following changes to 3rd edition. Amends GS 115C-81(g)(1) by restoring language deleted in previous edition that describes the required civic literacy curriculum as including teaching of the nation’s founding and related documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and its amendments, and the most important of the Federalist Papers. Amends GS 115C-81(g)(1)b. by deleting “money with intrinsic value” as being among America’s Founding Principles and renumbering the remaining provisions accordingly, and deleting “entangling alliances with none,” contained in the principle of “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations.” Amends GS 115C-81(g)(4) and (5) by restoring language deleted in the previous edition referencing amendments to the United States Constitution and ensuring that the civic literacy curriculum content must include a review of the contributions made by Americans of all races.
Summary date: Jun 14 2011 - View summary
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to 1st edition. Amends GS 115C-81(g) to change the content of the curriculum to be taught in the semester course on the Founding Principles.
Summary date: Jun 8 2011 - View summary
House committee substitute, reported on 6/7/11, makes the following changes to the first edition. Shortens the introductory statement to the act, and specifies that the high school class required by the act will be a semester course titled “American History 1 – The Founding Principles.” The curriculum for the class will be developed by the Department of Public Instruction and will include all subjects specified in the act. A passing grade for the class is required for graduation. Clarifies that the State Board will require that any high school level curriculum-based tests developed and administered state-wide beginning with the 2014-15 (was, 2012-13) academic year include topics covered in the class. Applies to the 2014-15 (was, 2012-13) school year. Makes other clarifying changes.
Summary date: Apr 4 2011 - View summary
Current law directs local boards of education to require the teaching of the nation’s founding and related documents during the high school years and specifies that the instruction is to include the major principles in the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and its amendments, and the most important of the Federalist Papers. Amends GS 115C-81(g) to direct local boards of education to require high schools to teach either a semester course or a full-year course that focuses on the following: (1) the philosophical foundations of our form of government and (2) the principles underlying the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and the writings of the Founders, which are the principles of government for a free people and are known as the “Founders Principles.” Makes a conforming change to require that local boards of education include receiving a passing grade in either the semester course or full-year course on the Founders’ Principles as a graduation requirement. Directs the State Board of Education to require any high school level curriculum-based test developed and administered statewide beginning with the 2012-13 academic year include questions related to the Founders’ Principles. Requires the State Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and local school boards to provide or cause to be provided curriculum content and teacher training for the semester course or the full-year course on the Founders Principles.
Directs DPI to submit a biennial report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee and to the chairs of the education committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives that covers the implementation of GS 115C-81(g) and the statewide test results from the curriculum-based tests administered on the Founders’ Principles curriculum.
Applies beginning with the 2012-13 school year.