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Bill Detail: SB21-067

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Title Strengthening Civics Education
Status Governor Signed (05/06/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors T. Carver (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Coram (R)
C. Hansen (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 02/16/2021

The bill specifies information and issues that public schools must
teach in providing courses on civil government. The bill directs the state
board of education (state board) to review the state civics standards and
update them as necessary to include the identified information and issues.
The bill creates the Colorado seal of civics excellence (seal) to
recognize public schools and school districts that implement high-quality

civics education programs. A public school may apply to the department
of education (department) to receive the seal. The department shall
review the applications, and the state board shall award a seal to those
applicants that the department finds to have achieved specified criteria.
If at least 90% of public schools within a school district receive a seal in
a single school year, the state board shall award a seal to the school
district. The school performance report for a public school or school
district that receives a seal must state that fact and include information
describing the criteria for obtaining a seal. The general assembly, by
tribute, shall publicly recognize the public schools and school districts
that are awarded seals. Each public school and school district is
encouraged to partner with local service organizations to solicit donations
to improve the quality of the civics education program that the public
school or school district provides.
The bill authorizes a school district, charter school, or board of
cooperative services that operates a public school (local education
provider) to grant a diploma endorsement in civics literacy to a graduating
high school student who meets specified requirements. A granting local
education provider must provide information concerning the civics
literacy diploma endorsement requirements to students and their parents.

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