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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 33 – Civic & Historical Learning Summit


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HCR033.........................................................by EDUCATION
CIVIC AND HISTORIC LEARNING SUMMIT - Stating findings of the Legislature
and urging the Secretary of State to convene a Summit for Civic and
Historical Learning; to provide composition of the committee; and to
require a report.
02/06    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/07    Rpt prt - to Educ
02/17    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/20    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
02/23    3rd rdg - ADOPTED - voice vote
    Floor Sponsors - Trail & Nielsen
    Title apvd - to Senate
02/24    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Educ
03/02    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord
03/03    10th Ord - ADOPTED - voice vote
    Floor Sponsor - Marley
    Title apvd - to House
03/06    To enrol
03/07    Rpt enrol - Sp signed
03/08    Pres signed
03/09    To Secretary of State

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-eighth Legislature                   Second Regular Session - 2006
                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                             HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 33
                                   BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
  1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
  5        REPORT.
  6    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  7        WHEREAS, civic and historical  learning  encourages  young  people  to  be
  8    thoughtful  and  productive members of their communities and future leaders of
  9    the state; and
 10        WHEREAS, it is crucial to the future health of our republic form  of  gov-
 11    ernment that all young people be knowledgeable about democratic principles and
 12    practices  of a republic form of government and the rule of law, be engaged in
 13    their communities and in politics, and  be  committed  to  individual  freedom
 14    which will ensure the public good; and
 15        WHEREAS,  on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 1998, only
 16    twenty-five percent of students at the upper elementary and  secondary  levels
 17    were proficient in civics and government; and
 18        WHEREAS,  nationally,  under twenty percent of eligible 18 to 25 year-olds
 19    voted in the 2004 presidential election; and
 20        WHEREAS, according to "The Civic and Political Health  of  the  Nation:  A
 21    Generational  Portrait"  nearly  one-half  of 15 to 25 year-olds indicate that
 22    civic education increases their interest and participation in  civic  affairs;
 23    and
 24        WHEREAS,  individuals  who  have  a  clear understanding of the rights and
 25    responsibilities of citizenship in a republic form  of  government  under  the
 26    rule  of  law are more likely to exercise those rights and responsibilities to
 27    be competent and responsible citizens; and
 28        WHEREAS, the need for civic and historical learning in our state  is  cru-
 29    cial  to  the long-term social and political health of the state and is a part
 30    of the thoroughness in education provided in section 33-1612, Idaho Code; and
 31        WHEREAS, the eight principles of thoroughness are: a safe environment con-
 32    ducive to learning is provided; educators are empowered to maintain  classroom
 33    discipline;  the  basic  values  of  honesty,  self-discipline, unselfishness,
 34    respect for authority and the central importance of work are  emphasized;  the
 35    skills  necessary  to  communicate  effectively are taught; a basic curriculum
 36    necessary to enable students to enter academic or professional-technical post-
 37    secondary educational programs is provided; the skills necessary for  students
 38    to  enter  the  work  force are taught; the students are introduced to current
 39    technology; and the importance of students acquiring the skills to enable them
 40    to be responsible citizens of their homes, schools and communities  is  empha-
 41    sized.
 42        NOW,  THEREFORE,  BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses-
 43    sion of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature, the House of  Representatives  and
 44    the  Senate   concurring therein, that the Secretary of State, with the assis-
  1    tance of the Department of Education, is urged to  establish  a  committee  to
  2    convene  a Summit for Civic and Historical  Learning at Boise State University
  3    with a goal of determining a strategy for enhancing long-term civic engagement
  4    and learning within the state, and recommending a  plan  for  improving  civic
  5    engagement  and learning to the First Regular Session of the Fifty-ninth Idaho
  6    Legislature.
  7        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee should be composed of a  diverse
  8    range  of  student,  teacher  and  administrator representatives from grades K
  9    through 12  and  postsecondary  education,  media,  civic  organizations,  and
 10    elected  officials,  and shall be facilitated by the Department of Education's
 11    Office of Civics, Service, Character and International Education.
 12        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee shall report  its  findings  and
 13    recommendations  for future action to the Office of the Secretary of State and
 14    the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction no later than  December
 15    1, 2006.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

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                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                            RS 15500C1

The intent of this Concurrent Resolution relates to civic education
and urges the Secretary of State to convene a summit for civic
learning, providing composition of the committee and requiring a

                           FISCAL NOTE

Funding will be from a private source (Campaign for the Civic
Mission of Schools managed by the Council for Excellence in
Government in Washington D.C.)  There will be no impact on the
General Fund.


Name:  Representative Tom Trail 
Name:  Representative Peter Nielsen
Name:  Representative Jana Kemp
Phone: (208) 332-1000    

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                        HCR 33