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César E. Chávez

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Model Curriculum


César Chávez Day was established by legislation authored by Senator Richard Polanco and signed by Governor Gray Davis on August 18, 2000. Provisions of the law are contained in the California Education Code, Section 37220-37223.

37220.5. (a) In addition to the holidays prescribed in Section 37220, public schools may be closed on March 31, known as "César Chávez Day," or the appropriate Monday or Friday following or preceding that date, if the governing board, pursuant to a memorandum of understanding reached pursuant to Chapter 10.7 (commencing with Section 3540) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code, agrees to close schools for that purpose.
(b) On March 31 or on the day determined by the governing board, public schools and educational institutions throughout the state may include exercises, funded through existing resources, commemorating and directing attention to the history of the farm labor movement in the United States and particularly the role therein of César Chávez . The State Board of Education shall adopt a model curriculum guide to be available for use by public schools for exercises related to César Chávez Day.

37220.6. (a) There is hereby created the César Chávez Day of Service and Learning program to promote service to the communities of California in honor of the life and work of César Chávez . The program shall be administered by the California Commission on Improving Life Through Service in collaboration with the California Conservation Corps. (b) The California Commission on Improving Life Through Service may make grants to local and state operated Americorps or Conservation Corps programs that submit proposals to engage pupils through their schools and school districts in community service that qualifies as instructional time on César Chávez Day, pursuant to Section 37220.5, and that honors the life and work of César Chávez . The programs shall be created and organized in consultation with community groups. The Americorps or Conservation Corps programs may implement or administer the programs in collaboration with community groups and nonprofit organizations. The proposals shall demonstrate all of the following: (1) The ways and extent to which the program will be a collaborative effort between schools and the Americorps program or Conservation Corps program. (2) The ways that the service will be connected to instruction on the life and work of César Chávez provided on César Chávez Day. (3) The way in which the service provided will make a meaningful contribution to the community. (c) Grants made pursuant to subdivision (b) shall be in the amount of one dollar ($1) for each participating pupil, or two hundred fifty dollars ($250) for each school, whichever is greater. The California Commission on Improving Life Through Service may, at its discretion, adjust the grant amount to account for school district size, the size of the project, and the demand on existing funding. Under no circumstances may the amount granted exceed the amount of funding appropriated to carry out this section. (d) In order for the community service performed under this program to be counted as instructional time, the service shall be performed under the supervision of a teacher, as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 46300. (e) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall develop or revise, as needed, a model curriculum on the life and work of César Chávez and submit the model curriculum to the State Board of Education for adoption pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 37220.5. Upon adoption, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall distribute the model curriculum to each school. (f) It is the intent of the Legislature that nothing in this section, or in the act that adds this section, shall be construed to impose a mandate on school districts. (g) For the purposes of this section, "school district" includes school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education.

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