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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 573        FILED ON: 1/13/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 513


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Martin J. Walsh


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to high school civics requirement.






Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Robert M. Koczera

11th Bristol

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

William Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Michael J. Finn

6th Hampden

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

Carlos Henriquez

5th Suffolk

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 573        FILED ON: 1/13/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 513

By Mr. Walsh of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 513) of Martin J. Walsh and others relative to requiring the teaching of civics in all public elementary and high schools in the Commonwealth.  Education. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 174 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to high school civics requirement.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1. Chapter 71: Section 2 is hereby amended and inserted in its place:

                Section 2. In all public elementary and high schools American history and civics, including the constitution of the United States, the declaration of independence and the bill of rights, and in all public high schools the constitution of the commonwealth and local history and government, shall be taught as required subjects for the purpose of promoting civic service and a greater knowledge thereof, and of fitting the pupils, morally and intellectually, for the duties of citizenship. High school civic instruction for each public high school student shall be required as a means of graduation.

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