From the Arizona State Legislature Website:
House of Representatives
prohibited courses; discipline; schools
HB 2281 prohibits a school district or charter
school from including courses or classes that either promote the
overthrow of the United States government or promote resentment toward a
race or class of people.
The State Board of Education (SBE) must prescribe
a minimum course of study, incorporating Arizona’s academic standards,
to be taught in Arizona public schools (Arizona Revised Statutes
(A.R.S.) § 15-701). School district governing boards must approve the
course of study, including the basic textbook for each approved course
and all other units recommended for credit before implementing each
course in both elementary and high schools. Pursuant to A.R.S. §
15-701.01, a governing board may adopt courses of study that are in
addition to or higher than that prescribed by the SBE.
Current law requires the principal of each school
to ensure that all rules pertaining to the discipline, suspension, and
expulsion of pupils are communicated to students at the beginning of
each school year. All cases of suspension must be for good cause and
must be reported within five days to the governing board by the
superintendent or person imposing the suspension. The school district
governing board is required to post regular notices and take minutes of
any hearing concerning the discipline, suspension, or expulsion of a
pupil (A.R.S § 15-843).
States that the Legislature finds
and declares that public school pupils should be taught
to treat and value each other as individuals and not be
taught to resent or hate other races or classes of
Prohibits a school district or
charter school from including in its program of
instruction any courses or classes that: Ø Promote the
overthrow of the United States government.
toward a race or class of people.
primarily for pupils of a particular
solidarity instead of the treatment of
pupils as individuals.
States that if the SBE determines
that a school district or charter school is offering a
course that violates this act, the SBE must direct the
Superintendent of Public Instruction (Superintendent) to
notify the school district or charter school that it is
Stipulates that if the SBE
determines that the school district or charter school
has failed to comply within 60 days after a notice has
been issued by the Superintendent, the SBE may direct
the ADE to withhold up to 10% of the monthly
apportionment of state aid that would otherwise be due
to the school district or charter school and requires
ADE to adjust the school district or charter school’s
Specifies when the SBE determines
that the school district or charter school is in
compliance with not offering a prohibited course, ADE
must restore the full amount of state aid payments to
the school district or charter school.
Stipulates that actions taken
under this act are subject to appeal pursuant to laws
relating to uniform administrative hearing procedures.
States that this act cannot be
construed to restrict or prohibit:
Courses or classes
for Native American pupils that are
required to comply with federal law.
The grouping of
pupils according to academic
performance, including capability in the
English language, that may result in a
disparate impact by ethnicity.
Courses or classes
that include the history of any ethnic
group and that are open to all students,
unless the course or class violates this
Prohibits rules pertaining to the
discipline, suspension, and expulsion of pupils from
being based on race, color, religion, sex, national
origin, or ancestry.
States that if the ADE, the
Auditor General, or the Attorney General determines that
a school district is substantially and deliberately not
in compliance with pupil disciplinary actions and if the
school district has failed to correct the deficiency
within 90 days after receiving notice from the ADE, the
Superintendent may withhold the monies the school
district would otherwise be entitled to receive from the
date of the determination of noncompliance until the ADE
determines that the school district is in compliance.