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WE THE UNDERSIGNED, BEING CITIZENS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, HEREBY AFFIRM THE FOLLOWING ACT FOR PASSAGE AS A MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL LAW.

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An Act Relative to the Instruction and Education of Students.

We the People of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in order to
reaffirm our commitment to the principles of government set forth in
America's founding documents, The Declaration of Independence, The
Constitution of The United States of America, and the constitution of
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby enact this Act for
Enduring Patriotism.

By this Act, we acknowledge and hold that all government power derives
from the consent of the people, and we do further acknowledge and
accept our eternal duty to protect, preserve and defend the enduring
principles of equality, justice and liberty upon which our Nation and
our state were conceived.

We do herein establish a legislative mandate to ensure that every
child educated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts receives competent
and thorough instruction in the founding documents of America and in
our state constitution. It being our firm intent that all children
educated in this state understand America's constitutional form of
government and appreciate their unalienable rights and
responsibilities to preserve the blessings of individual liberty for
future generations.

We thus affirm the following provisions of the Act for Enduring Patriotism:

Section 1. Courses of Instruction in Patriotism, Citizenship and in
Certain Historic
Documents.

1. In order to promote a spirit of patriotism and civic service, and
to foster in the children of this state moral and intellectual
qualities which are essential in preparing them to meet the
obligations of citizenship in peace or in war, the Department of
Education shall prescribe courses of instruction in patriotism,
citizenship, and the origin and purpose of the historic founding
documents of our country and state to be maintained and followed in
all the schools of the state.

The Board of Education, School Committees, Trustees, elected and
appointed leadership of every education district of this Commonwealth,
shall require instruction to be given in such courses by the teachers
employed in the schools therein. All students eight years of age or
older, and/or in the third grade or higher attending the public
schools of this state shall be required to receive such instruction.
The period of such instruction will commence in grade three and
continue each year through grade twelve.

Similar courses of instruction shall be prescribed and maintained in
the private schools of this state, and all students eight years of age
or older, and/or in the third grade or higher attending such private
schools shall be required to receive such instruction.

2. The Department of Education shall prescribe courses of instruction
in the history, meaning, significance and effect of the provisions of
the Constitution of the United States Of America, the amendments
thereto, the Declaration of Independence, the constitution of the
Commonwealth and the amendments thereto, to be maintained and followed
in all of the schools of the commonwealth. The Boards of Education,
School Committees, Trustees, elected and appointed leadership of every
education district of this state shall require compliance with the
provisions of this Act, and ensure that measures are instituted to
establish uniform standards for relevant instruction in all public and
private schools, in each grade three through twelve.

3. The Department of Education shall determine the subjects to be
included in such courses of instruction in patriotism, citizenship,
and in the history, meaning, significance and effect of the provisions
of the Constitution of the United States of America, the amendments
thereto, the Declaration of Independence, the constitution of the
Commonwealth and the amendments thereto, and the extent and schedule
of such instruction at each grade level. They shall adopt rules
providing for attendance upon such instruction and for such other
matters as are required for carrying into effect the objects and
purposes of this section. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Secretary
of Education shall be responsible for the enforcement of such section
and shall ensure that all classroom instruction and related program
materials meet the highest quality standards for educational
professionalism and historical accuracy. However no student shall
graduate without a working knowledge of the provisions of the
Constitution of the United States of America, the amendments thereto,
the Declaration of Independence, the constitution of the Commonwealth
and the amendments thereto.

The Secretary of Education may, in his/her discretion, cause all or a
portion of the public education funds designated or apportioned for
any education district to be withheld for failure of the school
authorities of such district to provide instruction in such courses
and to require attendance upon such instruction, as herein prescribed,
or for non-compliance with the requirements of this Act as herein
adopted.

4. The Department of Education shall designate two weeks during each
school year from grades three through twelve inclusive, and prescribe
for that year a uniform course of instruction in enduring patriotism
to be administered in every public school of the state. Such
instruction shall be suitable for students of various ages, and
designed to teach the young people of this country and state the
purpose, meaning and importance of the Constitution of the United
States of America, the amendments thereto including the Bill of
Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the constitution of the
Commonwealth and amendments thereto. Such instruction shall be in
addition to any prescribed courses of related study in the schools.

Section 2. Instruction in Civility, Citizenship and Personal Character.

The Department of Education shall ensure that the course of
instruction in grades kindergarten through twelve also includes a
component on civility, citizenship and personal character. Such
component shall instruct students on the principles of honesty,
tolerance, personal responsibility, respect for others, observance of
laws and rules, courtesy, dignity and other traits which will enhance
the quality of their experiences in, and contributions to, the
community. The Department of Education will determine how to
incorporate such component of instruction into existing curricula and
the Secretary of Education shall promulgate any regulations needed to
carry out such determination of the Department.

Section 3. Instruction relating to National Holidays.

1. It also shall be the duty of the Secretary of Education to
make special provision for the observance in the public schools of the
Patriot's Day, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Veteran's Day
and such other legal holidays of like character as may be hereafter
designated by law when the legislature makes such an appropriation.

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