California Assembly Bill

September 28, 1985

Assembly Bill No. 1273

Passed by the Assembly September 11, 1985

Passed by the Senate September 9, 1985

Approved September 28, 1985

Chapter 1222

An act to amend Section 51220 of the Education Code, relating to schools, and making an appropriation therefore.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. On or before June 30, 1986, the State Department of Education shall develop a model curriculum for use by school districts maintaining grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to be incorporated into the existing history or social studies courses offered by these districts relating to the issues of genocide. The model curriculum shall prescribe a separate course of study for grades 7 to 9, inclusive, and grades 10 to 12, inclusive. The model curriculum shall be offered by school districts to meet the mandatory course requirements of Sections 51210 and 51225.3 of the Education Code, commencing with the 1986-87 school year. Prior to dissemination of the model curriculum to school districts, the model curriculum shall be approved by the state Board of Education.

The model curriculum shall be incorporated into existing history or social studies courses without an increased level of services or lengthened schoolday.

SEC. 2. Section 51200 of the Education is amended to read:

51220. The adopted course of study for graduates 7 to 12, inclusive, shall offer courses in the following areas of study:

(b) Social sciences, drawing upon the disciplines of anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology, designed to fit the maturity of the pupils. Instruction shall provide a foundation for understanding the history, resources, development, and government of California and the United States of America; instruction in our American legal system, the operation of the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems, and the rights and duties of citizens under the criminal and civil law and the State and Federal Constitutions; the development of the American economic system including the role of the entrepreneur and labor; man's relations to his human and natural environment; eastern and western cultures and civilizations; human rights issues, with particular attention to the study of inhumanity of genocide; and contemporary issues.

George Deukmejian

Read the California Model Curriculum for Human Rights and Genocide.