Founding Principles Act

  • In 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 588: The Founding Principles Act was signed into law by Governor Perdue. The law requires students to take a semester/year-long course called American History I: The Founding Principles, Civics and Economics and receive a passing grade as a requirement for graduation. There were ten "founding principles" enumerated in the legislation that were to be included in the course. In 2015, the Senate introduced Senate Bill 524 as a revision to HB 588. This new bill was ratified in September 2015 and signed into law by Governor McCrory on October 29, 2015. The changes that were made in this bill entailed changing the "founding principles" course to be changed from American History I to the Civics and Economics course. Subsequently, the name of Civics and Economics was changed to American History: Founding Principles, Civics and Economics. Additionally, there were three “founding principles” added the course requirements. The resources located here are designed to support the integration of the Founding Principles legislation into the local curricula.