Senate File 2320 - Enrolled

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  1  1                                            SENATE FILE 2320
  1  2
  1  3                             AN ACT
  1  4 RELATING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN IOWA STUDIES PROFESSIONAL
  1  5    DEVELOPMENT PLAN AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN IOWA STUDIES
  1  6    COMMITTEE.
  1  7
  1  8 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
  1  9
  1 10    Section 1.  NEW SECTION.  303.17  IOWA STUDIES == FINDINGS
  1 11 == CURRICULUM == COMMITTEE.
  1 12    1.  The general assembly finds that Iowa students should
  1 13 have an appreciation for Iowa through the study of Iowa's
  1 14 history and government, and Iowa citizens' long and
  1 15 distinguished record of civic responsibility.  A fundamental
  1 16 need exists to provide Iowa's students with learning
  1 17 opportunities that assist the students in succeeding in
  1 18 society and confer upon them the ability to make their own
  1 19 valuable contributions to Iowa's history.
  1 20    2.  The department of cultural affairs shall develop an
  1 21 Iowa studies professional development plan that includes
  1 22 professional development materials and training measures to
  1 23 provide Iowa's teachers with effective ways to infuse Iowa
  1 24 studies into their classrooms.  The materials developed shall
  1 25 include an active and innovative Iowa studies learning
  1 26 curriculum that may be integrated into the social studies
  1 27 requirements for Iowa's secondary school students at the
  1 28 discretion of each board of directors of a school district or
  1 29 the authorities in charge of each accredited nonpublic school.
  1 30 The curriculum shall include lesson plans covering Iowa
  1 31 history, civics, government, and heritage studies.  The
  1 32 curriculum developed shall contain enough content for the
  1 33 creation of a course of at least one=half unit of credit.
  1 34    3.  a.  The director of the department of cultural affairs
  1 35 shall establish an Iowa studies committee to do the following:
  2  1    (1)  Work to inform Iowa's school districts, accredited
  2  2 nonpublic schools, and area education agencies of the Iowa
  2  3 studies professional development plan, including how to
  2  4 effectively utilize the curriculum developed pursuant to
  2  5 subsection 2.
  2  6    (2)  Develop partnerships with organizations such as
  2  7 nonprofit history or humanities organizations, civic
  2  8 organizations, libraries, and the business community to
  2  9 support and promote Iowa studies statewide.
  2 10    (3)  Establish evaluation criteria for the Iowa studies
  2 11 professional development plan, including but not limited to
  2 12 teacher and student evaluation and curriculum and plan
  2 13 effectiveness, which may include a survey of student
  2 14 participation in civic activities and involvement in the
  2 15 election process.
  2 16    (4)  Develop a strategy and plan to allow for the
  2 17 implementation of the Iowa studies professional development
  2 18 plan and curriculum in a limited number of schools and area
  2 19 education agencies across the state.  Participation by a
  2 20 school or area education agency shall be voluntary.  However,
  2 21 a school or area education agency selected to participate in
  2 22 the plan shall agree to participate in the evaluation
  2 23 component conducted by the Iowa studies committee pursuant to
  2 24 subsection 4.
  2 25    b.  The Iowa studies committee membership shall be
  2 26 comprised of the following:
  2 27    (1)  The director of the department of cultural affairs or
  2 28 the director's designee.
  2 29    (2)  The director of the department of education or the
  2 30 director's designee.
  2 31    (3)  The secretary of state or the secretary's designee.
  2 32    (4)  The state librarian or the state librarian's designee.
  2 33    (5)  Additional persons knowledgeable in Iowa studies, who
  2 34 shall be appointed by the director of the department of
  2 35 cultural affairs and who shall include but not be limited to
  3  1 the following:
  3  2    (a)  An employee of an area education agency.
  3  3    (b)  An individual employed as an Iowa social studies
  3  4 teacher at a public school.
  3  5    (c)  A faculty member of an institution of higher education
  3  6 governed by the state board of regents.
  3  7    (d)  An individual employed by a community college.
  3  8    (e)  A faculty member of an accredited private institution
  3  9 as defined in section 261.9.
  3 10    (f)  A member of the Iowa council of social studies.
  3 11    (g)  A curriculum specialist for a kindergarten through
  3 12 grade twelve public school district.
  3 13    (h)  An employee of the public broadcasting division of the
  3 14 department of education.
  3 15    4.  The Iowa studies committee shall do all of the
  3 16 following:
  3 17    a.  Conduct an evaluation of the Iowa studies professional
  3 18 development plan using the evaluation criteria established by
  3 19 the committee.
  3 20    b.  Submit, for school years ending on or before June 30,
  3 21 2009, an annual status report on the utilization of the Iowa
  3 22 studies professional development plan in Iowa's school
  3 23 districts and accredited nonpublic schools to the chairpersons
  3 24 and ranking members of the senate and house committees on
  3 25 education by January 15.  The annual report shall include the
  3 26 number of schools utilizing the plan.
  3 27    c.  Submit its findings and recommendations in a final
  3 28 report based upon the evaluation data compiled in accordance
  3 29 with subsection 3 to the chairpersons and ranking members of
  3 30 the senate and house committees on education by January 15,
  3 31 2010.
  3 32    5.  This section is repealed effective July 1, 2010.
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  4  1                               JEFFREY M. LAMBERTI
  4  2                               President of the Senate
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  4  4
  4  5                                                             
  4  6                               CHRISTOPHER C. RANTS
  4  7                               Speaker of the House
  4  8
  4  9    I hereby certify that this bill originated in the Senate and
  4 10 is known as Senate File 2320, Eighty=first General Assembly.
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  4 13                                                             
  4 14                               MICHAEL E. MARSHALL
  4 15                               Secretary of the Senate
  4 16 Approved                , 2006
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  4 19                                
  4 20 THOMAS J. VILSACK
  4 21 Governor