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A07084
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
869
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY MASTRIANO, STEFANO, REGAN, ARGALL, BARTOLOTTA,
LANGERHOLC, MARTIN, MENSCH, PHILLIPS-HILL, VOGEL, J. WARD,
K. WARD, BAKER, YUDICHAK, DINNIMAN AND BROWNE,
OCTOBER 1, 2019
SENATOR LANGERHOLC, EDUCATION, AS AMENDED, JUNE 8, 2020
AN ACT
Amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), entitled "An
act relating to the public school system, including certain
provisions applicable as well to private and parochial
schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the
laws relating thereto," in terms and courses of study,
providing for moment of silence on September 11 anniversary.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. The act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known
as the Public School Code of 1949, is amended by adding a
section to read:
Section 1555. Moment of silence on September 11
anniversary. --(a) Beginning with school year 2020-2021 and any
subsequent school year when September 11 occurs on a school day,
each school entity shall conduct a moment of silence during
instructional hours for students and faculty to observe the
anniversary of September 11, 2001, as a remembrance of the
thousands of military service persons, government employees,
civilians and emergency responders who lost their lives or were
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wounded by terrorist attacks on that date.
(b) Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the Department
of Education shall make available to all school entities
VOLUNTARY in-service training programs based upon the moment of
silence provided for under subsection (a) and MODEL curriculum
guidelines. .
(c) The Department of Education shall establish a model
curriculum for instruction in the events and significance of
September 11, 2001, no later than twelve (12) months after the
effective date of this section. The model curriculum shall
include, but not be limited to, all of the following topics
where appropriate:
(1) The historical context of terrorism.
(2) The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the
Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in
Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
(3) American recovery and response to the attacks.
(4) Global challenges and consequences in a post-September
11 world.
(d) The Department of Education shall make available on the
department's publicly accessible Internet website curriculum
materials and other available resources regarding the events and
significance of September 11, 2001, for voluntary use by school
entities.
(c) (e) The Department of Education shall provide the MODEL
guidelines curriculum , VOLUNTARY in-service training and any
other materials developed in accordance with this section to any
nonpublic school within this Commonwealth upon receiving a
request from the nonpublic school.
(f) Nothing in subsections (c) and (d) shall be construed to
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require a school entity or nonpublic school to implement, adopt
or use the curriculum, materials and other resources made
available by the department under this section.
(d) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules and
regulations necessary for the implementation of this section
pursuant to the act of June 25, 1982 (P.L.633, No.181), known as
the "Regulatory Review Act."
(e) (D) (g) For purposes of this section, the term "school
entity" shall mean a school district, charter school, regional
charter school, cyber charter school, intermediate unit or area
vocational-technical CAREER AND TECHNICAL school.
Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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