Committee members confirmed a program commending students for civics literacy.
HB 1051 creates a voluntary program that school districts can choose to participate in which would affix a sticker of the state seal to the high school diploma of a student who have attained a high level of proficiency in civics education.
“This is an advanced program,” Rep. Fred Deutsch, the bill’s prime sponsor, said. “It’s meant to incentivize our students.”
- American democracy and its principles;
- The Constitution of the United States and South Dakota;
- The Founding documents and how they shape the government; and
- Landmark United States Supreme Court Cases.
Interim Secretary of Education Ben Jones noted the program “begins a discussion among our schools why civics is a valuable thing to learn” and could create “a nucleus that could really germinate across the state.”