HBA-NRS H.B. 911 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 911 By: Delisi Public Education 3/13/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Today's children face tough choices regarding sex, drugs, and violence. Parents can provide positive guidance in making such choices when a child is at home, but these same choices may become more difficult when a child is at school. Character education curriculum introduces children to the character traits important for participation in a civil society, including honesty, responsibility, respect, initiative, and compassion, and may complement the guidance of the child's parents. House Bill 911 encourages the implementation of comprehensive character education programs within public school districts. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 911 encourages school districts to implement a comprehensive, in-school character education program (program). The bill sets forth guidelines for such a program and requires a district that implements a program to incorporate the positive character traits emphasized in the program into the district's regular curriculum. The bill authorizes the district to offer the program at one or more grade levels and authorizes the governor to present a financial award to schools or districts that have implemented a program that meets the requirements of the bill. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001. The Act applies beginning with the 2001-2002 school year.