While charter schools are the hot educational topic in Frankfort for most these days, two bills from local legislators moving toward Governor Matt Bevin’s desk show us potentially more distressing issues. House Bill 454, which is sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Shell, and Senate Bill 159, which is sponsored by Sen. Jared Carpenter, have each passed [...]
Arkansas recently joined several other states in requiring graduating high schoolers to pass citizenship tests. New laws require all high-schoolers in Arkansas to pass the same test as immigrants seeking citizenship. At least fifteen other states require high school students to pass the civics section of the naturalization exam for immigrants. Students must pass a [...]
“I think it would be a great guideline for us in the future…” Alabama comes one step closer to requiring a civics test for high school graduation. DOTHAN, Al (WTVY) - An Alabama Senate Committee recently passed a bill that requires high schoolers to pass a civics test before graduating. The principles of American democracy, [...]
A couple of legislators are heading an effort to make sure Oklahoma’s high school students know the basics of U.S. government by promoting civics. The Civics Education Initiative would like to see schools test students with the same test immigrants to the U.S. are required to take before becoming citizens. Read more.
For years, voter turnout has been dropping, political polarization has been rising and the art of compromise has been waning. That much is agreed upon and the need for increased civics education in schools is obvious. What isn’t obvious is the "how.” Advocates hold differing visions for civic learning. Read this in-depth report for a [...]
Alabama high school graduates would have to pass the United States citizenship exam in order to get their diploma if a bill from two lawmakers from Morgan County is approved. Read more.
Can you handle the truth about the Founders and the Constitution? From the vault of our Constitution Daily blog, here are 10 factoids that will impress your constitutionally minded and history loving friends! 1. Were the Constitution and Declaration written on paper made of hemp? The two great documents were written on parchment. The point [...]