February 28, 2019, Introduced by Reps. Gay-Dagnogo, Tyrone Carter, Bolden, Hood, Sowerby, Clemente, Shannon, Anthony, Guerra, Manoogian, Brixie, Kuppa, Hoadley, Pagan, LaGrand, Stone, Garza, Brenda Carter, Kennedy, Ellison, Cynthia Johnson, Witwer, Yancey, Neeley, Garrett, Byrd, Wittenberg, Sabo, Hertel, Cambensy, Hope, Love, Coleman, Jones, Elder, Tate, Lasinski, Haadsma, Hammoud, Cherry, Chirkun, Sneller, Warren, Koleszar, Pohutsky, Rabhi, Camilleri and Greig and referred to the Committee on Education.
A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled
"The revised school code,"
(MCL 380.1 to 380.1852) by adding section 1164.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 1164. (1) The commission on the inclusion of African-
American history in K to 12 instruction is created as a temporary
commission described in section 4 of article V of the state
constitution of 1963. The department shall provide staffing and
support for the commission.
(2) Not later than 30 days after the effective date of the
amendatory act that added this section, the governor shall appoint
members to the commission in consultation with the department. The
commission shall consist of the following 5 members:
(a) One representative from the University of Michigan.
(b) One representative from Michigan State University.
(c) One representative from Wayne State University.
(d) One individual who is capable of adequately representing
the interest of teachers.
(e) One individual who is capable of adequately representing
the interest of school district officials.
(3) Not later than 60 days after the effective date of the
amendatory act that added this section, the superintendent of
public instruction shall call the first meeting of the commission.
At the first meeting, the commission shall elect from among its
voting members a chairperson and other officers as it considers
necessary or appropriate. After the first meeting, the commission
shall meet at times and places specified by the chairperson or a
majority of its voting members.
(4) A majority of the members of the commission constitute a
quorum for the transaction of business at a meeting of the
commission. A majority of the members present and serving are
required for official action of the commission.
(5) The business that the commission may perform must be
conducted at a public meeting of the commission held in compliance
with the open meetings act, 1976 PA 267, MCL 15.261 to 15.275.
(6) A writing prepared, owned, used, in the possession of, or
retained by the commission in the performance of an official
function is subject to the freedom of information act, 1976 PA 442,
MCL 15.231 to 15.246.
(7) Members of the commission shall serve without compensation
and shall not be reimbursed for their expenses.
(8) Not later than 365 days after the members of the
commission are appointed, the commission shall provide to the state
board and the standing committees of the legislature responsible
for K to 12 education legislation a recommendation on age- and
grade-appropriate instruction for all grade levels on African-
American history. The recommended instruction must include both of
(a) The study of African-American history during
Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Era, and other eras relevant to
(b) The contributions African-Americans have made to the
development of the United States and other countries.
(9) After the commission provides to the state board the
recommended instruction under subsection (8), not later than 2
school years following the date on which the state board receives
the recommended instruction under subsection (8), the state board
shall ensure that the recommended model core academic curriculum
content standards for history developed under section 1278 include
for all grade levels age- and grade-appropriate learning objectives
concerning African-American history. Those learning objectives must
be aligned with the commission's recommended instruction.
(10) After the commission provides to the state board the
recommended instruction under subsection (8), in addition to the
requirements of section 1279g, beginning with assessments conducted
during the 2025-2026 school year, the superintendent of public
instruction shall ensure that the Michigan merit examination social
studies component and the M-STEP and any successor state assessment
for social studies, as appropriate, include questions related to
the learning objectives in the state board recommended model core
academic curriculum content standards concerning African-American
(11) Beginning with the 2025-2026 school year, the board of a
school district or board of directors of a public school academy
shall ensure that each school it operates provides instruction to
pupils at all grade levels operated by that school regarding
African-American history, as described in subsection (8).
(12) As used in this section, "commission" means the
commission on the inclusion of African-American history in K to 12
instruction created in subsection (1).
Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days
after the date it is enacted into law.