Schools might soon have to report how they're conducting civic and character education if a bill that passed the House Monday becomes law.
The House passed HB269 by a vote of 53-19 on Monday. The bill would require school districts and the state Charter School Board to submit an annual report to the lieutenant governor and Commission of Civic and Character Education on how those topics are integrated into curriculum. The bill says civic and character education in public schools consists of "core principles which reflect the shared values of the citizens of Utah and the founding principles upon which representative democracy in the United States and the state of Utah are based."
Bill sponsor Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper, stressed that the bill wouldn't require schools to teach any additional material, just to share what they're already doing to help the commission, a statutorily created body that aims to provide leadership when it comes to civic and character education in schools.