Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School Code. Provides that every public elementary school shall include in its 6th, 7th, and 8th grade curriculum, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, a unit of instruction studying civics. Sets forth requirements for the unit of instruction. Allows school districts to utilize private funding available for the purposes of offering civics education. Effective July 1, 2018.
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Replaces everything after the enacting clause with provisions of the bill as amended by House Amendment No. 1 with the following changes: Changes various references to "civics education". Provides that the civics education must be included in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade (rather than in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade). Requires at least one semester of civics education (rather than a unit of instruction). Requires the civics education to be in accordance with Illinois Learning Standards for social science. Allows school districts to consult with civics education stakeholders, as deemed appropriate by the State Board of Education. Effective July 1, 2018.