House File 2204 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 2204 BY GAINES A BILL FOR An Act making completion of cultural competency coursework 1 mandatory for students enrolled in the ninth grade. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 5960YH (2) 87 kh/jh
H.F. 2204 Section 1. Section 256.11, subsection 5, paragraph b, Code 1 2018, 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. 7 (1) All students shall complete a minimum of one-half unit 8 of United States government and one unit of United States 9 history. The one-half unit of United States government shall 10 include the voting procedure as described in this lettered 11 paragraph and section 280.9A . The government instruction shall 12 also include a study of the Constitution of the United States 13 and the Bill of Rights contained in the Constitution and an 14 assessment of a student’s knowledge of the Constitution and the 15 Bill of Rights. 16 (2) All students enrolled in grade nine shall complete the 17 equivalent of one-half unit of coursework relating to cultural 18 competency. For purposes of this subparagraph, “cultural 19 competency” means awareness and understanding of the values, 20 lifestyles, history, and contributions of various identifiable 21 cultural groups in society; and recognizing and dealing with 22 dehumanizing biases such as sexism, racism, prejudice, and 23 discrimination and raising awareness of the impact that such 24 biases have on interpersonal relations. 25 Sec. 2. STATE MANDATE FUNDING SPECIFIED. In accordance 26 with section 25B.2, subsection 3, the state cost of requiring 27 compliance with any state mandate included in this Act shall 28 be paid by a school district from state school foundation aid 29 received by the school district under section 257.16. This 30 specification of the payment of the state cost shall be deemed 31 to meet all of the state funding-related requirements of 32 section 25B.2, subsection 3, and no additional state funding 33 shall be necessary for the full implementation of this Act 34 by and enforcement of this Act against all affected school 35 -1- LSB 5960YH (2) 87 kh/jh 1/ 2
H.F. 2204 districts. 1 EXPLANATION 2 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 3 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 4 This bill modifies the educational program requirements 5 for each school district and accredited nonpublic school by 6 requiring, under the five units of social studies that each 7 school district and school must offer and teach, that all 8 students in ninth grade complete the equivalent of one-half 9 unit of coursework relating to cultural competency, which is 10 defined in the bill. 11 The bill may include a state mandate as defined in Code 12 section 25B.3. The bill requires that the state cost of 13 any state mandate included in the bill be paid by a school 14 district from state school foundation aid received by the 15 school district under Code section 257.16. The specification 16 is deemed to constitute state compliance with any state mandate 17 funding-related requirements of Code section 25B.2. The 18 inclusion of this specification is intended to reinstate the 19 requirement of political subdivisions to comply with any state 20 mandates included in the bill. 21 -2- LSB 5960YH (2) 87 kh/jh 2/ 2