H.B. No. 3979
  relating to the social studies curriculum in public schools.
         SECTION 1.  Section 28.002, Education Code, is amended by
  adding Subsections (h-2), (h-3), (h-4), and (h-5) to read as
         (h-2)  In adopting the essential knowledge and skills for the
  social studies curriculum, the State Board of Education shall adopt
  essential knowledge and skills that develop each student's civic
  knowledge, including an understanding of:
               (1)  the fundamental moral, political, and
  intellectual foundations of the American experiment in
               (2)  the history, qualities, traditions, and features
  of civic engagement in the United States;
               (3)  the history of Native Americans;
               (4)  the structure, function, and processes of
  government institutions at the federal, state, and local levels;
               (5)  the founding documents of the United States,
                     (A)  the Declaration of Independence;
                     (B)  the United States Constitution;
                     (C)  the Federalist Papers;
                     (D)  the transcript of the first Lincoln-Douglas
                     (E)  the writings of and about the founding
  fathers and mothers and other founding persons of the United
  States, including the writings of:
                           (i)  George Washington;
                           (ii)  Ona Judge;
                           (iii)  Thomas Jefferson;
                           (iv)  Sally Hemings; and
                           (v)  any other founding persons of the
  United States;
                     (F)  writings from Frederick Douglass's
  newspaper, the North Star;
                     (G)  the Book of Negroes;
                     (H)  the Fugitive Slave Acts of 1793 and 1850;
                     (I)  the Indian Removal Act;
                     (J)  Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury
  Baptists; and
                     (K)  William Still's Underground Railroad
               (6)  historical documents related to the civic
  accomplishments of marginalized populations, including documents
  related to:
                     (A)  the Chicano movement;
                     (B)  women's suffrage and equal rights;
                     (C)  the civil rights movement;
                     (D)  the Snyder Act of 1924; and
                     (E)  the American labor movement;
               (7)  the history of white supremacy, including but not
  limited to the institution of slavery, the eugenics movement, and
  the Ku Klux Klan, and the ways in which it is morally wrong;
               (8)  the history and importance of the civil rights
  movement, including the following documents:
                     (A)  Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from a
  Birmingham Jail" and "I Have a Dream" speech;
                     (B)  the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42
  U.S.C. Section 2000a et seq.);
                     (C)  the United States Supreme Court's decision in
  Brown v. Board of Education;;
                     (D)  the Emancipation Proclamation;
                     (E)  the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
                     (F)  the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth
  Amendments to the United States Constitution;
                     (G)  the United States Court of Appeals for the
  Ninth Circuit decision in Mendez v. Westminster;
                     (H)  Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of
  Frederick Douglass, an American Slave;;
                     (I)  the life and work of Cesar Chavez; and
                     (J)  the life and work of Dolores Huerta;
               (9)  the history and importance of the women's suffrage
  movement, including the following documents:
                     (A)  the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52
  U.S.C. Section 10101 et seq.);
                     (B)  the Fifteenth, Nineteenth, and Twenty-Sixth
  Amendments to the United States Constitution;
                     (C)  Abigail Adams's letter "Remember the
                     (D)  the works of Susan B. Anthony; and
                     (E)  the Declaration of Sentiments;
               (10)  the life and works of Dr. Hector P. Garcia;
               (11)  the American GI Forum;
               (12)  the League of United Latin American Citizens; and
               (13)  Hernandez v. Texas (1954).
         (h-3)  For any social studies course in the required
               (1)  a teacher may not be compelled to discuss a
  particular current event or widely debated and currently
  controversial issue of public policy or social affairs;
               (2)  a teacher who chooses to discuss a topic described
  by Subdivision (1) shall, to the best of the teacher's ability,
  strive to explore the topic from diverse and contending
  perspectives without giving deference to any one perspective;
               (3)  a school district, open-enrollment charter
  school, or teacher may not require, make part of a course, or award
  a grade or course credit, including extra credit, for a student's:
                     (A)  political activism, lobbying, or efforts to
  persuade members of the legislative or executive branch at the
  federal, state, or local level to take specific actions by direct
  communication; or
                     (B)  participation in any internship, practicum,
  or similar activity involving social or public policy advocacy; and
               (4)  a teacher, administrator, or other employee of a
  state agency, school district, or open-enrollment charter school
  may not:
                     (A)  be required to engage in training,
  orientation, or therapy that presents any form of race or sex
  stereotyping or blame on the basis of race or sex;
                     (B)  require or make part of a course the concept
                           (i)  one race or sex is inherently superior
  to another race or sex;
                           (ii)  an individual, by virtue of the
  individual's race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or
  oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously;
                           (iii)  an individual should be discriminated
  against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of
  the individual's race;
                           (iv)  members of one race or sex cannot and
  should not attempt to treat others without respect to race or sex;
                           (v)  an individual's moral character,
  standing, or worth is necessarily determined by the individual's
  race or sex;
                           (vi)  an individual, by virtue of the
  individual's race or sex, bears responsibility for actions
  committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex;
                           (vii)  an individual should feel discomfort,
  guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on
  account of the individual's race or sex;
                           (viii)  meritocracy or traits such as a hard
  work ethic are racist or sexist or were created by members of a
  particular race to oppress members of another race;
                           (ix)  the advent of slavery in the territory
  that is now the United States constituted the true founding of the
  United States; or
                           (x)  with respect to their relationship to
  American values, slavery and racism are anything other than
  deviations from, betrayals of, or failures to live up to, the
  authentic founding principles of the United States, which include
  liberty and equality; and
                     (C)  require an understanding of The 1619 Project.
         (h-4)  A state agency, school district, or open-enrollment
  charter school may not accept private funding for the purpose of
  developing a curriculum, purchasing or selecting curriculum
  materials, or providing teacher training or professional
  development for a course described by Subsection (h-3)(3).
         (h-5)  A school district or open-enrollment charter school
  may not implement, interpret, or enforce any rules or student code
  of conduct in a manner that would result in the punishment of a
  student for discussing, or have a chilling effect on student
  discussion of, the concepts described by Subsection (h-3)(4).
         SECTION 2.  (a)  Except as provided by Subsection (b) of
  this section, this Act applies beginning with the 2021-2022 school
         (b)  Section 28.002(h-2), Education Code, as added by this
  Act, applies beginning with the 2022-2023 school year.
         SECTION 3.  Not later than December 31, 2022, the State Board
  of Education shall review and revise, as needed, the essential
  knowledge and skills of the social studies curriculum as required
  by Section 28.002(h-2), Education Code, as added by this Act.
         SECTION 4.  If any provision of this Act or its application
  to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity does
  not affect other provisions or applications of this Act that can be
  given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to
  this end the provisions of this Act are declared to be severable.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 3979 was passed by the House on May
  11, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 79, Nays 65, 2 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 3979 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 22, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 18, Nays
  13; and that the Senate adopted a motion to recede from amendments
  to H.B. No. 3979 on May 28, 2021, and declared H.B. No. 3979 to have
  passed the Senate in the same form in which it was received from the
  House by the following vote:  Yeas 18, Nays 13.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________