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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 668        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 203


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Harriette L. Chandler


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 to involve youth in civic engagement.






Harriette L. Chandler

First Worcester

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Eileen M. Donoghue

First Middlesex

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Gale D. Candaras

First Hampden and Hampshire

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Karen E. Spilka

Second Middlesex and Norfolk

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Sonia Chang-Diaz

Second Suffolk

Carlos Henriquez

5th Suffolk

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

16th Middlesex

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 668        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 203

By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 203) of Harriette L. Chandler, Jason M. Lewis, Bruce E. Tarr, Eileen M. Donoghue and other members of the General Court for legislation to involve youth in civic engagement.  Education. 


SEE SENATE, NO. 2222 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act to involve youth in civic engagement.


              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.  The department of elementary and secondary education, in collaboration with a youth advisory committee, as set forth in section 2 of this act, shall develop one or more model curriculum units which shall align with the history/social science curriculum framework and address the following topics: the function and composition of the branches of local, state, and federal government, the history of social movements, current events, and community-based action and service-learning projects. The model curriculum units for the Teaching and Learning System shall be developed no later than the 2013-2014 school year. The department shall create an evaluation assessing the curriculum, pedagogy and teaching materials before piloting this course, unit, or program.

              SECTION 2.  There shall be a youth advisory committee consisting of 2 members of the Governor’s Youth Council, 2 members of the State Student Advisory Council, 1 member of the Special Commission on Civic Engagement and Learning, and 2 members of Teens Leading The Way.  The department shall consult with the youth advisory committee in the development, review, enhancement, and evaluation of the model curriculum units.  The involvement of the youth advisory committee by the department shall coincide with the department’s timeline for developing model curriculum units in the history and social science framework.

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