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AB-838 Pupil instruction: history-social science curriculum framework: Russian interference with 2016 presidential election.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/16/2017 02:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 838


Introduced by Assembly Member Levine

February 16, 2017


An act to add Section 33543.7 to the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 838, as introduced, Levine. Pupil instruction: history-social science curriculum framework: Russian interference with 2016 presidential election.
Existing law requires the Instructional Quality Commission to recommend curriculum frameworks to the State Board of Education. Existing law defines “curriculum framework” as an outline of the components of a given course of study designed to provide state direction to school districts in the provision of instructional programs. Existing law authorizes the state board to consider the adoption of a revised curriculum framework and evaluation criteria for instructional materials in history-social science.
This bill would require the commission, during the next revision of the history-social science curriculum framework after January 1, 2018, to consider including, and recommending for adoption by the state board, high school instruction regarding Russian interference with the 2016 United States presidential election, as appropriate. The bill would require the state board to adopt, modify, or reject the curriculum framework recommended by the commission.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 This act shall be known, and may be cited, as the Pravda Act of 2017.

SEC. 2.

 The Legislature finds and declares that Russian interference with the 2016 United States presidential election was an important occurrence that must be included in high school history textbooks used in California.

SEC. 3.

 Section 33543.7 is added to the Education Code, to read:

33543.7.
 (a) During the next revision of the history-social science curriculum framework after January 1, 2018, the commission shall consider including, and recommending for adoption by the state board, high school instruction regarding Russian interference with the 2016 United States presidential election, as appropriate.
(b) The state board shall adopt, modify, or reject the curriculum framework recommended by the commission pursuant to subdivision (a).