An Act To Make Agriculture Studies a Part of the Maine Curriculum
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §4706, as amended by PL 2009, c. 313, §§8 and 9, is further amended to read:
§ 4706. Instruction in American history, Maine studies, Maine Native American history and agriculture
Instruction in American history, government, citizenship and , Maine studies and agriculture must be aligned with the parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements established under section 6209.
Sec. 2. Agriculture studies instruction requirements. In developing the parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements required under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 6209 for agriculture studies as set out in Title 20-A, section 4706, subsection 3, the Department of Education shall consult and seek recommendations from the Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Council established pursuant to Title 7, section 242.
This bill requires agriculture studies to be taught in elementary and secondary schools in the State for essential instruction and graduation requirements. The bill requires that agriculture studies address the importance of agriculture in the State's history and development, the connections between the farm and daily life and the economics of agriculture and its importance to the State's economy. The bill also requires the Department of Education to consult with the Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Council in developing the parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements for agriculture studies.