Colorado Legislative Council Staff
NO FISCAL IMPACT
January 9, 1998
Harry Zeid (866-4753)
TITLE: CONCERNING INCLUDING IN THE TEACHING OF UNITED STATES HISTORY CERTAIN PRE-RECONSTRUCTION-ERA DOCUMENTS THAT ESTABLISH THE PRINCIPLES OF AMERICAN HISTORY.
Summary of Assessment
The bill would require that in the process of teaching the history and civil government of the United States, all students in public schools of the state shall be taught the Declaration of Independence; the United States Constitution, including the Bill of Rights; the Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers; the Emancipation Proclamation; the Gettysburg Address; and George Washington’s farewell address. It is believed that these items are currently taught in Colorado public schools during the teaching of history and civil government. There would be no cost to add these items to the curriculum in instances where they are not being taught.
The bill would not affect the revenues or expenditures of the state or local school districts. Therefore, the bill is assessed as having no fiscal impact. The bill would become effective upon signature of the Governor.