Brown’s Resolution Calling for a Statewide Study on Character Education Passes Committee
10/23/2013
HARRISBURG – Rep. Rosemary M. Brown’s (R-Monroe/Pike) resolution calling on the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LB&FC) to conduct a study of the status of character education in the public schools of this Commonwealth passed the House Education Committee today.

“Our students are the future of our state, and character education is a key component in ensuring they grow into well-rounded, successful adults,” said Brown. “In a time when funding is tight, it’s important that we not forget about teaching our children basic principles that will stay with them throughout their lives, and help to create a more respectful and caring society.” 

House Resolution 108 directs the LB&FC to seek input from the Department of Education (PDE) and the school districts of this Commonwealth in the study which includes: the number of school districts in Pennsylvania that offer a character education program; the nature of the character education programs that are being offered; the actions PDE has taken to comply with current law related to character education; and recommendations with respect to character education for elementary and secondary public school students in the state, including recommended legislation.

The PDE currently establishes criteria and guidelines and provides school districts with resources and technical assistance with respect to the establishment and implementation of character education programs. Current law permits school districts to establish and implement character education programs, which may include and teach and following basic civil value and character traits:
• Trustworthiness, including honesty, integrity, reliability and loyalty.
• Respect, including regard for others, tolerance and courtesy.
• Responsibility, including hard work, economic self-reliance, accountability, diligence, perseverance and self-control.
• Fairness, including justice, consequences of bad behavior, principles of nondiscrimination and freedom from prejudice.
• Caring, including kindness, empathy, compassion, consideration, generosity and charity.
• Citizenship, including love of country, concern for the common good, respect for authority and the law and community mindedness.

For more information on House Resolution 108, contact Brown’s district office located at 696 Seven Bridge Road, Suite 101, East Stroudsburg, by calling 570-420-8301. Information on legislative news can also be found on RepBrown.com and on Facebook.com/RepBrown.

Representative Rosemary M. Brown
189th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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