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2013 Senate Bill 121: Declare Michigan “celebrate freedom week”
Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on January 30, 2013
To establish that the week of November 11 shall be designated “celebrate freedom week” in Michigan, and public school teachers shall deliver certain lessons related to America’s founding documents and specified subsequent events and require students to recite the core civic creed contained in the Declaration of Independence. A parent could request his or her child be excused from the latter.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on January 30, 2013
Reported in the Senate on November 14, 2013
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on December 10, 2013
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 10, 2013
Amendment offered by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on December 11, 2013
To replace instruction in specified components of America's founding documents and principles, and instead encourage schools to offer programs sponsored by three organizations considered more "establishment" or "center-left" in their orientation (the Michigan Council for Social Studies, the "Youth in Government" organization and the Michigan Center for Civic Education, which includes the amendment sponsor on its board).
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on December 11, 2013
Passed 27 to 10 in the Senate on December 11, 2013.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To encourage public schools to designate one week each school year as "Patriot Week," during which instruction would be offered on the sacrifices of military veterans, and on America's founding documents and core principles.
Received in the House on December 11, 2013
Referred to the House Education Committee on December 11, 2013
Reported in the House on March 19, 2014
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.

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