Prefiled bill calls for ‘SC Independence Day’ to educate students on state’s role in the American Revolution

If passed, SC Independence Day will be celebrated March 26
Updated: Jan. 2, 2019 at 12:29 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - A South Carolina lawmaker wants to declare March 26 “South Carolina Independence Day” to help students in public schools learn about South Carolina’s role in the American Revolution.

The bill, which was prefiled on December 18, would “ensure that the history of South Carolina Liberty and Independence be taught to all students using grade-appropriate materials and instruction.”

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Josiah Magnuson from Campobello, which is in Spartanburg County.

The bill says March 26, 1776 is recognized on the Great Seal of South Carolina along with July 4, but it is not as widely known as a “crucial event in our State history.”

It was on that day South Carolina approved a new constitution and government and named itself the General Assembly. This action came months before the Continental Congress declared independence from Great Britain.

The bill calls for the State Superintendent of Education to inform each local school board of South Carolina’s recognition of South Carolina Independence Day. The superintendent will also assure each district follows curriculum if the bill is passed into law.

If passed, this would go into effect beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.

You can read the entire bill here.

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