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Bill requiring students to learn about Sept. 11 terrorist attacks filed

Most current elementary school students weren't even born when the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks occurred. But two Palm Beach County legislators want to make sure they hear about what happened that day and how the deadly attacks impacted life in the United States.

Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington, and Rep. Lori Berman, D-Delray Beach, are co-sponsoring HB 1027, filed today. In the measure, public schools would be required to teach students about the events surrounding Sept. 11, 2001, as well as their impact on the nation. The measure also encourages the state Board of Education to adopt standards and create tests to ensure these requirements are met.

Public schools already have a list of 20 "required instruction" topics specified in Florida law. Students are required to learn about African-American history, Hispanic contributions to the country, proper flag display, the history of the Holocaust, elementary principles of agriculture, character development and kindness to animals, to name a few.

And the list could grow even longer. Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, and Sen. Steve Oelrich, R-Gainesville, have already filed legislation that would add financial literacy to the "required instruction" topics. HB 331 and SB 1010 have been assigned committees.

Abruzzo and Berman are finalizing a press release to formally announce the introduction of their bill.