By Senator Nate Holden
The commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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An act to add Section 5205.5 to the Education Code, relating to the system of public instruction.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
SB 637, Holden. School holidays and observances.
Current law requires all public schools and educational institutions to observe with suitable exercises Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays; the anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution; Conservation, Bird, and Arbor Day; Susan B. Anthony Day; and Black American Day.
This bill would require all public schools and educational institutions to observe January 15th, the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with suitable exercises commemorating the history of the civil rights movement in the United States, and particularly the role of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The bill would provide that there shall be no reimbursement for any state-mandated local program for a specified reason.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 5205.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:
5205.5. All public schools and educational institutions throughout the state shall, on January 15th of each year, the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., hold suitable exercises commemorating, and directing attention to the history of, the civil rights movement in the United States, and particularly the role therein of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
SEC. 2. Notwithstanding Section 2231 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, there shall be no reimbursement pursuant to this section nor shall there be any appropriation made by this act because duties, obligations, or responsibilities imposed on local governmental entities or school districts by this act are such that related costs are incurred as a part of their normal operating procedures.
Signed September 18th, 1975 by Governor Edmund G. Brown
Senator Nate Holden, Corretta Scott-King, CA State Senator, Diane Watson
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