House File 515 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 515 BY COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION (SUCCESSOR TO HF 341) A BILL FOR An Act requiring the state’s high school social studies 1 curriculum to include instruction on the Declaration of 2 Independence. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 2308HV (1) 85 je/sc
H.F. 515 Section 1. Section 256.11, subsection 5, paragraph b, Code 1 2013, is amended to read as follows: 2 b. Five units of the social studies including instruction 3 in voting statutes and procedures, voter registration 4 requirements, the use of paper ballots and voting systems in 5 the election process, and the method of acquiring and casting 6 an absentee ballot. All students shall complete a minimum 7 of one-half unit of United States government and one unit of 8 United States history. The one-half unit of United States 9 government shall include the voting procedure as described in 10 this lettered paragraph and section 280.9A . The government 11 instruction shall also include a study of the Declaration of 12 Independence, the Constitution of the United States , and the 13 Bill of Rights contained in the Constitution , and an assessment 14 of a student’s knowledge of the Declaration of Independence, 15 the Constitution , and the Bill of Rights. 16 EXPLANATION 17 This bill adds study of the Declaration of Independence to 18 the subjects required as part of government instruction in the 19 social studies curriculum for grades nine through 12 in the 20 state’s educational standards. 21 -1- LSB 2308HV (1) 85 je/sc 1/ 1