a new graduation requirement Effective August 27, 2018
In June 2018, the State Board of Education unanimously approved a new graduation requirement effective for incoming 9th graders for the 2018-19 school year. This requirement is a result of Senate Bill 30, passed in the 85th session of the Texas Legislature in 2017.
What is the new requirement?
Students must receive instruction in interaction with law enforcement officers. This is required to be noted on the student’s transcript prior to graduation.
Who is affected?
All Texas high school students, beginning with 9th graders in the 2018-19 school year.
In which course should the instruction be delivered?
Instruction must be delivered through a course in the required high school curriculum. Since student drivers often have interactions with law enforcement, delivering instruction will help students be prepared to be safe if they are pulled over while driving.
What should instruction include?
According to the text of SB 30, instruction in interaction with law enforcement officers should include information regarding:
The role of law enforcement and the duties and responsibilities of peace officers
A person’s rights concerning interactions with peace officers
Proper behavior for civilians and peace officers
Laws regarding questioning and detention and proof of identity, as well as consequences for failure to comply with those laws
How and where to file a complaint against or a compliment for a peace officer
Local districts may customize the instruction as appropriate.