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General Assembly



January Session, 2017

LCO No. 8019



Offered by:



REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd Dist.

REP. CURREY, 11th Dist.

SEN. BYE, 5th Dist.

REP. DEMICCO, 21st Dist.

REP. GREEN, 55th Dist.

REP. CARPINO, 32nd Dist.


REP. WOOD, 141st Dist.

REP. COOK, 65th Dist.

REP. ACKERT, 8th Dist.

REP. GODFREY, 110th Dist.

REP. ARCONTI, 109th Dist.

REP. HARDING, 107th Dist.

REP. DUFF, 2nd Dist.

REP. SMITH, 108th Dist.

REP. FERGUSON, 138th Dist.


REP. ZUPKUS, 89th Dist.

REP. PISCOPO, 76th Dist.

REP. LEGEYT, 17th Dist.

SEN. MOORE, 22nd Dist.

SEN. OSTEN, 19th Dist.

SEN. CASSANO, 4th Dist.

REP. CASE, 63rd Dist.

To: Subst. House Bill No. 7253

File No. 791

Cal. No. 367


After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. Section 10-16b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) In the public schools the program of instruction offered shall include at least the following subject matter, as taught by legally qualified teachers, the arts; career education; consumer education; health and safety, including, but not limited to, human growth and development, nutrition, first aid, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in accordance with the provisions of section 10-16qq, disease prevention and cancer awareness, including, but not limited to, age and developmentally appropriate instruction in performing self-examinations for the purposes of screening for breast cancer and testicular cancer, community and consumer health, physical, mental and emotional health, including youth suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, safety, which shall include the safe use of social media, as defined in section 9-601, and may include the dangers of gang membership, and accident prevention; language arts, including reading, writing, grammar, speaking and spelling; mathematics; physical education; science; social studies, including, but not limited to, citizenship, economics, geography, government and history; computer programming instruction; and in addition, on at least the secondary level, one or more world languages, [and] vocational education and the safe haven law, as set forth in sections 17a-57 to 17a-61, inclusive. For purposes of this subsection, world languages shall include American Sign Language, provided such subject matter is taught by a qualified instructor under the supervision of a teacher who holds a certificate issued by the State Board of Education. For purposes of this subsection, the "arts" means any form of visual or performing arts, which may include, but not be limited to, dance, music, art and theatre.

(b) If a local or regional board of education requires its pupils to take a course in a world language, the parent or guardian of a pupil identified as deaf or hearing impaired may request in writing that such pupil be exempted from such requirement and, if such a request is made, such pupil shall be exempt from such requirement.

(c) Each local and regional board of education shall on September 1, 1982, and annually thereafter at such time and in such manner as the Commissioner of Education shall request, attest to the State Board of Education that such local or regional board of education offers at least the program of instruction required pursuant to this section, and that such program of instruction is planned, ongoing and systematic.

(d) The State Board of Education shall make available curriculum materials and such other materials as may assist local and regional boards of education in developing instructional programs pursuant to this section. The State Board of Education, within available appropriations and utilizing available resource materials, shall assist and encourage local and regional boards of education to include: (1) Holocaust and genocide education and awareness; (2) the historical events surrounding the Great Famine in Ireland; (3) African-American history; (4) Puerto Rican history; (5) Native American history; (6) personal financial management, including, but not limited to, financial literacy as developed in the plan provided under section 10-16pp; (7) training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automatic external defibrillators; (8) labor history and law, including organized labor, the collective bargaining process, existing legal protections in the workplace, the history and economics of free market capitalism and entrepreneurialism, and the role of labor and capitalism in the development of the American and world economies; (9) the safe haven law, as set forth in sections 17a-57 to 17a-61, inclusive; and [(9)] (10) topics approved by the state board upon the request of local or regional boards of education as part of the program of instruction offered pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

Sec. 502. (Effective from passage) Not later than August 1, 2017, the Department of Children and Families shall provide the State Board of Education with instructional materials relating to the safe haven law, as set forth in sections 17a-57 to 17a-61, inclusive, of the general statutes, for the purpose of assisting the board in meeting its responsibility of making available curriculum materials pursuant to subsection (d) of section 10-16b of the general statutes, as amended by this act. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Sec. 501

July 1, 2017


Sec. 502

from passage

New section