July 2, 2003, Introduced by Reps. Bradstreet, Palmer, Stahl, Hummel, Voorhees, Vander Veen, Moolenaar, Newell, Hager, Kooiman, Ehardt, Caswell, Casperson, Garfield, Tabor, Richardville, Hart, Reeves, Drolet, Hoogendyk, Nitz, Van Regenmorter, Emmons, Murphy and McConico and referred to the Committee on Education.


                                                                             A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled "The revised school code," by amending section 1278 (MCL 380.1278), as amended by 1995 PA 289.                                                                     

                THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:                      

1       Sec. 1278.  (1) In addition to the requirements for

2   accreditation under section 1280 specified in that section, if

3   the board of a school district wants all of the schools of the

4   school district to be accredited under section 1280, the board

5   shall provide to all pupils attending public school in the

6   district a core academic curriculum in compliance with subsection

7   (3) in each of the curricular areas specified in the state board

8   recommended model core academic curriculum content standards

9   developed under subsection (2).  The state board model core

10  academic curriculum content standards shall encompass academic

1   and cognitive instruction only.  For purposes of this section,

2   the state board model core academic curriculum content standards

3   shall not include attitudes, beliefs, or value systems that are

4   not essential in the legal, economic, and social structure of our

5   society and to the personal and social responsibility of citizens

6   of our society.

7       (2) Recommended model core academic curriculum content

8   standards shall be developed and periodically updated by the

9   state board, shall be in the form of knowledge and skill content

10  standards that are recommended as state standards for adoption by

11  public schools in local curriculum formulation and adoption, and

12  shall be distributed to each school district in the state.  The

13  recommended model core academic curriculum content standards

14  shall set forth desired learning objectives in math, science,

15  reading, history, geography, economics, American government, and

16  writing for all children at each stage of schooling;  and  shall

17  be based upon the "Michigan K-12 program standards of quality" to

18  ensure that high academic standards, academic skills, and

19  academic subject matters are built into the instructional goals

20  of all school districts for all children; and shall comply with

21  subsection (10).  The  state board also shall ensure that the

22  Michigan educational assessment program and the  high school

23  proficiency exam are  assessments under section 1279 shall be

24  based on the state recommended model core academic curriculum  

25  content standards,  are testing  shall test only for proficiency

26  in basic academic skills and academic subject matter, and  are

27  not  shall not be used to measure pupils' values or attitudes.

1       (3) The board of each school district, considering academic

2   curricular objectives defined and recommended pursuant to

3   subsection (2), shall do both of the following:

4       (a) Establish a core academic curriculum for its pupils at

5   the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels.  The core

6   academic curriculum shall define academic objectives to be

7   achieved by all pupils and shall be based upon the school

8   district's educational mission, long-range pupil goals, and pupil

9   performance objectives.  The core academic curriculum may vary

10  from the model core academic curriculum content standards

11  recommended by the state board pursuant to subsection (2).

12      (b) After consulting with teachers and school building

13  administrators, determine the aligned instructional program for

14  delivering the core academic curriculum and identify the courses

15  and programs in which the core academic curriculum will be

16  taught.

17      (4) The board may supplement the core academic curriculum by

18  providing instruction through additional classes and programs.

19      (5) For all pupils, the subjects or courses, and the delivery

20  of those including special assistance, that constitute the

21  curriculum the pupils engage in shall assure the pupils have a

22  realistic opportunity to learn all subjects and courses required

23  by the district's core academic curriculum in order to give all

24  pupils a reasonable opportunity to attain  a state-endorsed

25  diploma  state endorsement under section 1279.  A subject or

26  course required by the core academic curriculum pursuant to

27  subsection (3) shall be provided to all pupils in the school                

1   district by a school district, a consortium of school districts,  

2   or a consortium of 1 or more school districts and 1 or more

3   intermediate school districts.

4       (6) To the extent practicable, the state board may adopt or

5   develop academic objective-oriented high standards for knowledge

6   and life skills, and a recommended core academic curriculum, for

7   special education pupils for whom it may not be realistic or

8   desirable to expect achievement of novice level or initial

9   mastery of the state board recommended model core academic

10  content standards objectives or of a high school diploma.

11      (7) The state board shall make available to all nonpublic

12  schools in this state, as a resource for their consideration, the

13  model core academic curriculum content standards developed for

14  public schools pursuant to subsection (2) for the purpose of

15  assisting the governing body of a nonpublic school in developing

16  its core academic curriculum.

17      (8) Excluding special education pupils, pupils having a

18  learning disability, and pupils with extenuating circumstances as

19  determined by school officials, a pupil who does not score

20  satisfactorily on the 4th or 7th grade Michigan educational

21  assessment program reading test shall be provided special

22  assistance reasonably expected to enable the pupil to bring his

23  or her reading skills to grade level within 12 months.

24      (9) Any course that would have been considered a nonessential

25  elective course under Snyder v Charlotte School Dist, 421 Mich  

26  517 (1984), on April 13, 1990 shall continue to be offered to

27  resident pupils of nonpublic schools on a shared time basis.                

1       (10) As soon as practicable after the effective date of this

2   subsection, the state board shall revise the recommended model

3   core academic curriculum content standards under subsection (2)  

4   as follows:

5       (a) In the science standards, all references to "evolution

6   and "how species change through time" shall be modified to

7   indicate that this is an unproven theory by adding the phrase

8   "All students will explain the competing theories of evolution

9   and natural selection based on random mutation and the theory

10  that life is the result of the purposeful, intelligent design of

11  a Creator.".

12      (b) In the science standards for middle and high school, all

13  references to "evolution" and "natural selection" shall be

14  modified to indicate that these are unproven theories by adding

15  the phrase "Describe how life may be the result of the

16  purposeful, intelligent design of a Creator.".

17      (c) In the science standards for middle and high school, all

18  references to "evolution" and "natural selection" shall be

19  modified to indicate that these are unproven theories by adding  

20  the phrase "Explain the competing theories of evolution and

21  natural selection based on random mutation and the theory that     

22  life is the result of the purposeful, intelligent design of a 23 Creator.".