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Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA 4706, as amended by PL 1991, c. 655, 4, is
further amended to read:

4706. Instruction in American history, Maine studies and Maine

Native American history

The following subjects shall be are required.

1. American history. American history and civil government,
including the Constitution of the United States, the Declaration
of Independence, the importance of voting and the privileges and
responsibilities of citizenship, shall must be taught in and
required for graduation from all elementary and secondary
schools, both public and private.

2. Maine studies. A course in Maine history, including the
Constitution of Maine, Maine geography and environment and the
natural, industrial and economic resources of Maine and Maine's
cultural and ethnic heritage, must be taught in at least one
grade from grade 6 to grade 8, in all schools, both public and
private. These concepts must be integrated into the curriculum
in grades 9 to 12.

3.__Maine Native American history.__Maine Native American
history and culture must be taught in all elementary and
secondary schools, both public and private.

4.__Rulemaking.__The commissioner shall adopt or amend rules
to implement this section.__Rules adopted pursuant to this
section are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5,
chapter 375, subchapter II-A.

Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA 6209, first , as amended by PL 1999, c. 75, 5, is
further amended to read:

The department in consultation with the state board shall
establish and implement a comprehensive, statewide system of
learning results, referred to in this section as the "system," no
later than the 2002-03 school year. The system, based broadly
upon guiding principles set forth in this section, must establish
high academic standards at all grade levels in the areas of math;
English; science and technology; social studies, including
history, economics and civics; career preparation; visual and
performing arts; health and physical education; and foreign
languages. Maine Native American history and culture must be
included in, but is not limited to, the areas of social studies
and modern and classical languages. Only students in a public
school or a private school approved by the State pursuant to

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