By Giddings H.B. No. 2952 77R897 QS-F A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to character education in primary and secondary schools. 1-3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-4 SECTION 1. Subchapter Z, Chapter 29, Education Code, is 1-5 amended by adding Section 29.903 to read as follows: 1-6 Sec. 29.903. CHARACTER EDUCATION PROGRAM. (a) The State 1-7 Board of Education shall prescribe a character education program to 1-8 be maintained and followed in each primary and secondary school. 1-9 (b) A character education program under this section must be 1-10 designed to develop positive character traits, including: 1-11 (1) integrity; 1-12 (2) responsibility; 1-13 (3) respect; 1-14 (4) loyalty; 1-15 (5) good citizenship; 1-16 (6) volunteerism; and 1-17 (7) charity. 1-18 (c) A character education program under this section must 1-19 include instruction in civic values, with particular attention to 1-20 the study of the ideals of freedom, equality, democracy, and 1-21 justice embodied in the Declaration of Independence, the United 1-22 States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. 1-23 (d) A character education program under this section must 1-24 include a study of human rights issues, such as the inhumanity of 2-1 genocide and slavery. 2-2 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect immediately and applies 2-3 beginning with the 2001-2002 school year.