Colorado - Social-Emotional Learning or Character Development: Programs and Services (S/D)

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to integrate social-emotional learning or character education into the school curriculum.

C.R.S. 22-29-101. Legislative declaration

The general assembly finds and declares that, while parents are the primary and most important moral educators of their children, such efforts should be reinforced in the school and community environments. The general assembly further finds that research indicating that core character qualities such as family support, community involvement, positive peer influence, motivation to achieve, respect for person and property, common courtesy, conflict resolution, integrity, honesty, fairness, a sense of civil and personal responsibility, purpose, and self-respect help give youth the basic interpersonal skills and attributes that are critical building blocks for successful relationships. The general assembly recognizes each school district's authority to exercise control over the specific instruction of students, yet also recognizes and hereby asserts a significant statewide interest in providing direction to school districts with regard to the character education of Colorado's youth. Therefore, the general assembly hereby encourages school districts to develop and strengthen character education instruction to students. By enacting this article, the general assembly acknowledges the importance of character development and encourages school districts, parents, and communities to work together to prepare youth for positive relationships in today's society.

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