FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 70
94TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES DAY (Sponsor), PEARCE, MUNZLINGER, SATER,
McGHEE AND ROBB (Co-sponsors).
Pre-filed December 4, 2006 and copies ordered printed.
Read 1st time January 3, 2007.
Read 2nd time January 4, 2007 and referred to the Special Committee on Veterans February 1, 2007.
Reported from the Special Committee on Veterans February 7, 2007 with recommendation that the bill Do Pass by Consent.
Referred to the Committee on Rules pursuant to Rule 25(21)(f).
Reported from the Committee on Rules February 8, 2007 with recommendation that the bill Do Pass by Consent.
Perfected by Consent February 19, 2007.
D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To repeal section 170.011, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to
transfer student curriculum.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Section 170.011, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu
thereof, to be known as section 170.011, to read as follows:
170.011. 1. Regular courses of instruction in the Constitution of the United States and
of the state of Missouri and in American history and institutions shall be given in all public and
private schools in the state of Missouri, except privately operated trade schools, and shall begin
not later than the seventh grade and continue in high school to an extent determined by the state
commissioner of education, and shall continue in college and university courses to an extent
determined by the state commissioner of higher education. In the 1990-91 school year and each
year thereafter, local school districts maintaining high schools shall comply with the provisions
of this section by offering in grade nine, ten, eleven, or twelve a course of instruction in the
institutions, branches and functions of the government of the state of Missouri, including local
governments, and of the government of the United States, and in the electoral process. A local
school district maintaining such a high school shall require that prior to the completion of the
twelfth grade each pupil, who receives a high school diploma or certificate of graduation on or
after January 1, 1994, shall satisfactorily complete such a course of study. Such course shall be
of at least one semester in length and may be two semesters in length. The department of
elementary and secondary education may provide assistance in developing such a course if the
district requests assistance. A student who transfers from outside the state to a Missouri
high school shall not be required to complete another course as a condition precedent to
graduation from the high school if the student can furnish acceptable documentation of the
student's successful completion in any year from the ninth through the twelfth grade of a
course that covers state and federal government.
2. American history courses at the elementary and secondary levels shall include in their
proper time-line sequence specific referrals to the details and events of the racial equality
movement that have caused major changes in United States and Missouri laws and attitudes.
3. No pupil shall receive a certificate of graduation from any public or private school
other than private trade schools unless he has satisfactorily passed an examination on the
provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri,
and in American history and American institutions. A student who transfers from outside the
state to a Missouri high school shall not be required to pass an examination on the
provisions and principles of the Constitution of the state of Missouri as a condition
precedent to graduation from the high school if the student can furnish acceptable
documentation of the student's successful completion in any year from the ninth through
the twelfth grade of a course that covers state and federal government. A student of a
college or university, who, after having completed a course of instruction prescribed in this
section and successfully passed an examination on the United States Constitution, and in
American history and American institutions required hereby, transfers to another college or
university, is not required to complete another such course or pass another such examination as
a condition precedent to his graduation from the college or university.
4. In the 1990-91 school year and each year thereafter, each school district maintaining
a high school may annually nominate to the state board of education a student who has
demonstrated knowledge of the principles of government and citizenship through academic
achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, and service to the community. Annually,
the state board of education shall select fifteen students from those nominated by the local school
districts and shall recognize and award them for their academic achievement, participation and
5. [The state commissioner of education and the state commissioner of higher education
shall make arrangements for carrying out the provisions of this section and prescribe a list of
suitable texts adapted to the needs of the school grades and college courses, respectively.
6. The willful neglect of any superintendent, principal or teacher to observe and carry
out the requirements of this section is sufficient cause for termination of his contract.
7.] The provisions of this section shall not apply to students from foreign countries who
are enrolled in public or private high schools in Missouri, if such students are foreign exchange
students sponsored by a national organization recognized by the department of elementary and