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Bridges4Kids LogoCharacter Education: Senate Bill 0222 of 2003
Michigan Legislature, 2003

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Senate Bill 0222 of 2003 would amend 1976 PA 451 (MCL 380.1-380.1852) by adding sec. 1163 to require the Michigan Department of Education to develop a model character education plan and encourage schools to provide. 


SB 0222 of 2003
Senate Bill  0222  (2003)

Introduced February 26, 2003 by:

Sponsors  Valde Garcia - (primary)
Alan L Cropsey Mike Bishop Mike Goschka
and referred to the Committee on Education.  Education, curricula

Education; curricula; character development program; require department to develop model and encourage public schools to provide. Amends 1976 PA 451 (MCL 380.1 - 380.1852) by adding sec. 1163.


A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled                                             


    "The revised school code,"                                                  


    (MCL 380.1 to 380.1852) by adding section 1163.                             




1       Sec. 1163.  (1) Not later than December 31, 2003, the                      

2   department shall develop and make available to school districts             

3   and public school academies 1 or more model programs meeting the            

4   requirements of subsection (2) that may be adopted and                      

5   implemented for the purposes of subsection (2).                             

6       (2) The board of a school district or local act school                      

7   district or board of directors of a public school academy is                

8   encouraged to provide a comprehensive character development                 

9   program for pupils in each grade level it operates.  All of the             

10  following apply to this character development program:                      

11      (a) The character development program shall be secular in                   

1   nature.                                                                     

2       (b) The character development program shall teach core                      

3   ethical values and character qualities such as honesty, fairness,           

4   kindness, courtesy, compassion, acceptance, responsibility,                 

5   respect for self and others, respect for the property of others,            

6   and service to others and to the community.                                 

7       (c) The character education program shall be designed to                    

8   encourage each pupil to become a responsible, contributing member           

9   of society.                                                                 

10      (d) The character development program should be incorporated,               

11  as much as possible, into each school's regular curriculum and              

12  classroom instruction.                                                      

13      (e) The character development program should be integrated                  

14  into each school's procedures and environment to develop a school           

15  climate that promotes positive character traits.


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