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Sausalito Marin City SD |  BP  6142.3  Instruction

Civic Education   

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The Board of Trustees recognizes that citizen involvement in civic and political institutions is essential to a democratic government and desires to provide a comprehensive civic education program to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and principles essential for informed, responsible citizenship.

The Board shall approve, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent or designee, academic standards and curriculum in civics and government that are aligned with state academic standards and curriculum frameworks.

(cf. 6000 - Concepts and Roles)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

The Superintendent or designee shall determine specific courses within the K-12 curriculum in which civic education and government may be explicitly and systematically taught. He/she also shall encourage the integration of civic education into other subjects as appropriate.

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

The district's civic education program shall provide students with an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in American democracy and the workings of federal, state, and local governments. As appropriate, instruction should include an examination of fundamental American documents, including, but not limited to, the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and other significant writings and speeches.

To develop a sense of political effectiveness, instruction should develop students' understanding of the importance of civic participation in a democratic society. Service learning, extracurricular and cocurricular activities, class and school elections, and observation of local government processes may be used to reinforce classroom instruction by linking civic knowledge to practical experience and encouraging civic involvement.

(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

(cf. 6142.4 - Service Learning/Community Service Classes)

(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)

Instruction also should promote a student's understanding of shared democratic principles and values, such as personal responsibility, justice, equality, respect for others, civic-mindedness, and patriotism, and enable students to make their own commitment to these civic values.

Constitution/Citizenship Day

Each year on or near September 17, in commemoration of Constitution and Citizenship Day, the district shall hold an educational program for students in grades K-12 pertaining to the United States Constitution which shall include exercises and instruction in the purpose, meaning, and importance of the Constitution, including the Bill of Rights. (Education Code 37221; P.L. 108-447, Sec. 111)

(cf. 6115 - Ceremonies and Observances)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

233.5 Teaching of principles

33540 Standards for government and civics instruction

37221 Commemorative exercises including anniversary of U.S. Constitution

48205 Absence from school for jury duty or precinct board service

51210 Courses of study, grades 1-6

51220 Courses of study, grades 7-12

ELECTIONS CODE

12302 Precinct boards, appointment of students

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

6711-6716 Education for Democracy Act

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 36

101-144 Patriotic observances

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

School Board Leadership: The Role and Function of California's School Boards, 1996

FEDERAL REGISTER

77 Fed. Reg. 29727 Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION PUBLICATIONS

Essentials of Law-Related Education, rev. 2003

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

History-Social Science Content Standards

CENTER FOR CIVIC EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

Education for Democracy: California Civic Education Scope & Sequence, 2003

National Standards for Civics and Government, 1994

NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS (NAEP) PUBLICATIONS

1998 Civics Report Card for the Nation, November 18, 1999

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

American Bar Association, Law-Related Education Projects: http://www.abanet.org/publiced/lre

American Political Science Association: http://www.apsanet.org

Bill of Rights Institute: http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org

California Association of Student Leaders: http://www.casl1.org

California Council for the Social Studies: http://www.ccss.org

Center for California Studies: http://www.csus.edu/calst

Center for Civic Education: http://www.civiced.org

Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement: http://www.civicyouth.org

Center for Youth Citizenship: http://www.youthcitizenship.org

Constitutional Rights Foundation: http://www.crf-usa.org

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Civics Assessment:

http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/civics

National Council for the Social Studies: http://www.ncss.org

Policy SAUSALITO MARIN CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: February 11, 2010 Sausalito, California