Florida Senate - 2024                             CS for SB 1264
       By the Committee on Education Pre-K -12; and Senator Collins
       581-02966-24                                          20241264c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the History of Communism Task
    3         Force; amending s. 1003.42, F.S.; requiring
    4         instruction in public schools on the history of
    5         communism; requiring each school district to annually
    6         certify to the department that it provided instruction
    7         on the subject; creating s. 1003.441, F.S.; creating
    8         the History of Communism Task Force within the
    9         Department of Education; requiring the task force to
   10         work with the Division of Historical Resources within
   11         the Department of State to make recommendations by a
   12         specified date to the State Board of Education and the
   13         Commissioner of Education for curriculum standards and
   14         instruction on communist history; providing
   15         requirements for the recommendations; requiring the
   16         board to develop a curriculum based on the
   17         recommendations; authorizing the task force to
   18         recommend to the Legislature the creation of a museum
   19         of communist history; providing an effective date.
   21  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   23         Section 1. Paragraph (v) is added to subsection (2) of
   24  section 1003.42, Florida Statutes, to read:
   25         1003.42 Required instruction.—
   26         (2) Members of the instructional staff of the public
   27  schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education
   28  and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and
   29  faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the
   30  highest standards for professionalism and historical accuracy,
   31  following the prescribed courses of study, and employing
   32  approved methods of instruction, the following:
   33         (v)1. The history of communism.
   34         2. Each school district shall annually certify to the
   35  department, in a format prescribed by the department, that it
   36  faithfully provided instruction on this subject, as specified by
   37  the board pursuant to s. 1003.441(3).
   39  The State Board of Education is encouraged to adopt standards
   40  and pursue assessment of the requirements of this subsection.
   41  Instructional programming that incorporates the values of the
   42  recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor and that is
   43  offered as part of a social studies, English Language Arts, or
   44  other schoolwide character building and veteran awareness
   45  initiative meets the requirements of paragraph (u).
   46         Section 2. Section 1003.441, Florida Statutes, is created
   47  to read:
   48         1003.441History of Communism Task Force.—
   49         (1) There is created within the Department of Education the
   50  History of Communism Task Force. Members of the task force shall
   51  be appointed by the Governor.
   52         (2) The task force shall work with the Division of
   53  Historical Resources within the Department of State to make
   54  recommendations by July 1, 2025, to the State Board of Education
   55  and the Commissioner of Education for curriculum standards and
   56  instruction on the history of communism for kindergarten through
   57  grade 12.
   58         (a) Such recommendations must include:
   59         1. The history of domestic communist movements and their
   60  tactics within the United States.
   61         2. The philosophy and lineages of communist thought,
   62  including Marxism.
   63         3. Foreign communist movements of the 20th century, the
   64  atrocities committed by such movements, and the threat they
   65  posed to the United States and its allies. Such movements
   66  include, but are not limited to, Marxism-Leninism and the
   67  Russian Revolution of 1917, the Great Proletarian Cultural
   68  Revolution in China, other communist regimes, and the economic,
   69  industrial, and political events that preceded and contributed
   70  to the formation of such movements.
   71         4. The communist socioeconomic policies of Cuba, the
   72  history of the Communist Party of Cuba, and the spread of
   73  communism and communist guerrilla forces in Latin America.
   74         (b) Such instruction must inform students that communism
   75  poses a threat to freedom.
   76         (3) The board shall develop a curriculum on the history of
   77  communism based on the recommendations of the task force.
   78         (4) The task force may recommend to the Legislature the
   79  creation of a museum of communist history.
   80         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.