What Your State Is Doing To Beef Up Civics Education

August 2nd, 2018|

July 21, 20185:57 AM ET EMILY CARDINALI Deborah Lee/NPR Fake news. Record-low voting turnout. Frequent and false claims from elected officials. Vitriol in many corners of political debate. These are symptoms we hear of all the time that our democracy is not so healthy. And those factors might be why many states are turning to [...]

Here Are 12 Facts Every High School Kid In US May Need To Know

June 6th, 2018|

Can you and your kids pass the same test new U.S. citizens must pass and correctly answer the 100 questions? We present 12 of them here. By Beth Dalbey, Patch National Staff | Jan 29, 2018 3:10 pm ET | Updated Jan 31, 2018 8:48 pm ET Do you know what rights are protected in the Constitution and how it differs [...]

In Iowa, All High School Graduates Might First Have to Take a Citizenship Test. Can You Answer These 15 Questions?

June 6th, 2018|

By LAURA FAY | February 11, 2018 Who was president during World War I? Name one author of the Federalist Papers. If both the president and the vice president can no longer serve, who becomes president? These are three questions that can appear on the occasionally daunting test that’s required to become a citizen of the United States [...]

Better civics education in schools? Yes, please

June 6th, 2018|

William Brown / Op-Art  When it comes to civics education, what students get has been inconsistent from district to district, state officials say. Fortunately, that will soon change. By  Seattle Times editorial board The Seattle Times Educating students about civics and how government works is too important to be left to chance. Yet to some [...]

Nebraska lawmakers to debate testing students on civics

June 6th, 2018|

LINCOLN (AP) — A bill that would require Nebraska students to complete a naturalization test is headed to the floor of the Legislature for debate, even though a committee refused to advance it. Lawmakers took the rare step Thursday of overriding the Education Committee’s decision to hold the bill. The 27-13 vote gives the measure [...]

Across the Street column: Students as well as immigrants should pass civics test

June 6th, 2018|


With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of our long-time Board member and cherished friend, Norman McClelland.

July 14th, 2017|

Should Iowa Require High School Students to Pass U.S. Citizenship Exam?

June 16th, 2017|

JUNE 16, 2017 BY JOHN HENDRICKSON LEAVE A COMMENT Joe Foss Institute and its Civic Education Initiative are working to reverse the unfortunate trend of declining civic education. In our technology-driven society, most attention is given to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs and preparing students to pass standardized exams, while other parts of the curriculum, such [...]

More than 7,000 12th-graders across the Tucson area have passed the test

May 22nd, 2017|

By Angela Pittenger Arizona Daily Star May 21, 2017 Updated 13 hrs ago Respond: Write a letter to the editor | Write a guest opinion Buy Now Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star Soon-to-be-grads march onto the football field at the opening of ceremonies for graduation at Cholla Magnet High School in 2015. An estimated [...]

Texas Latest State to Consider Requiring High School Civics Test

May 11th, 2017|

Texas is the latest state where lawmakers are considering requiring high school students to pass a civics test in order to graduate from high school. A bill that asks students to take the test required of those applying to become U.S. citizens passed the state's House of Representatives last week, according to the Texas Tribune. If the [...]