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Civics Education Bills Are on Legislative Agendas in Seven States

March 7th, 2019|

By Sasha Jones on March 5, 2019 5:43 PM Education Week While most states require students to study civics in some sort of capacity, just eight mandate a yearlong civics or government class as a graduation requirement, according to a 2018 50-state survey by Education Week. But that number may soon grow as a flurry [...]

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, [...]

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 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 286 seniors [...]

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 [...]

Necessary education in today’s world: House, Senate bills show troubling trend with our youth

March 14th, 2017|

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 becomes the newest state to require a civics test for high school graduation!

March 14th, 2017|

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 [...]

Students share reactions about possible civics test

March 14th, 2017|

“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, [...]

New Initiative to Promote High School Civics Education Lands in Oklahoma

February 8th, 2017|

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.

Are Students Learning to be Good Citizens?

February 8th, 2017|

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 [...]