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2013 Senate Bill 423: Require schools teach American foundational principles
  1. Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on June 11, 2013, to require public schools to provide instruction in all grades that focuses on the core principles of the United States, in particular those articulated in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and other foundational or iconic texts, speeches, etc.
    • Referred to the Senate Education Committee on June 11, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on November 14, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on December 10, 2013, to adopt a version of the bill that encourages rather than mandates schools to teach foundational principles. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 10, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on December 11, 2013, to require the state Board of Education to work with two named organizations considered more "establishment" or "center-left" in their orientation (the Michigan Council for Social Studies and the Michigan Center for Civic Education, which includes the amendment sponsor on its board) when it updates curriculum and testing standards to cover these subjects. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on December 11, 2013.
  2. Passed 27 to 10 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to encourage public schools to provide instruction that focuses on the core principles of the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, and State Constitution, and require the state Board of Education to update curriculum and testing standards to cover these subjects.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on December 11, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Education Committee on December 11, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on March 19, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

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