January 30, 2013, Introduced by Senators COLBECK, GREEN, NOFS, SCHUITMAKER, JANSEN, ROBERTSON, BOOHER, BRANDENBURG, PAPPAGEORGE and CASPERSON and referred to the Committee on Education.




     A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled


"The revised school code,"


(MCL 380.1 to 380.1852) by adding section 1167.




     Sec. 1167. (1) The legislature recognizes that the purpose of


education pursuant to the state constitution of 1963 is to develop


good citizens. In order to develop good citizens, an understanding


of American history and America's first principles is


indispensable. The legislature acknowledges that American citizens


must take time to honor the first principles, founders, documents,


and symbols of their history. The events that led to the signing of


the Constitution of the United States of America by the delegates


of the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, have


significance for every American and are honored in public schools


across the nation on September 17 of each year as Constitution Day.


Therefore, the period of September 11 to September 17 of each year,


which symbolically begins on September 11 and concludes on


September 17, Constitution Day, is designated as "Constitution


Week" to be observed by all public school teachers and pupils as


provided in this section.


     (2) The board of a school district or board of directors of a


public school academy shall ensure that, during Constitution Week,


the following instruction is provided to all pupils in grades 3 to


12 in an age-appropriate and grade-appropriate manner:


     (a) At the start of Constitution Week, to coincide with


September 11, instruction focusing on veteran appreciation, with an


emphasis on the contributions and sacrifices of veterans of the


armed forces of the United States.


     (b) Instruction in first principles, that affirms that the


rule of law, the social compact, equality, unalienable rights, and


limited government are the first principles upon which America was


founded and flourishes.


     (c) Instruction in key historical figures, that explores how


exceptional, visionary, and indispensable Americans such as Ben


Franklin, Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry, John Adams, John Marshall,


George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Martin


Luther King, Jr., Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas


Jefferson, and James Madison founded and advanced the United




     (d) Instruction in founding documents, that explores how the


Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Congressional


resolution forwarding the Constitution to the states, Marbury v


Madison, Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions,


the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the "I


Have A Dream" speech are key documents that embody America's first


principles and have advanced American liberty.


     (e) Instruction in American symbols, that explores how the


Bennington flag, the original Betsy Ross American flag, the current


American flag, the Suffragist flag, the Fort Sumter flag, the


Gadsden flag, and the flag of the state of Michigan are key


physical symbols of American history and freedom that should be


studied and remembered by each American.


     (f) Instruction in the sacrifices made by millions of military


and their families in the defense of liberty starting with the


Revolutionary War and progressing to current conflicts. Discussion


should address the historic and modern-day significance of


Veteran's Day, Independence Day, and Memorial Day.