Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Signs American Civics Education Bill

April 3rd, 2019|

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN)- Governor Pete Ricketts signed a bill which updates and renews the public school system’s American civic education on Monday. LB 399 focuses on preparing students in American civics and creating the proper skills so that they may engage in public debate in a knowledgeable and civil manner. The bill was introduced by [...]

The Last Word: Can you pass test Kruse wants to require of high schoolers?

April 1st, 2019|

Apr 1, 2019 By: Kerry Hubartt Indiana’s Republican state senator from Auburn, Dennis Kruse, has pushed a bill for several years that would require Hoosier high school students to pass the same basic history and civics examination we require all new citizens to pass. Senate Bill 132 unanimously passed through the House Committee on [...]

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 [...]

Civics Education Helps Create Young Voters and Activists

October 9th, 2018|

Youth voter turnout is notoriously low in the U.S., especially when social-studies classes are notably absent. ALIA WONG THE ATLANTIC OCT 5, 2018 It’s widely known that young adults in the United States tend to vote at lower rates than older Americans, but it’s easy to gloss over just how stunning the numbers really are—especially [...]

NSMS highlights social studies requirements

October 2nd, 2018|

  Eighth-grade students at NSMS are studying the U.S. Constitution in preparation for the basic civics exam which is required for high school graduation. Although the students are not yet in high school, this is one requirement that can be fulfilled in advance. (Photo courtesy of NSHS Principal O’Dee Hansen) MORONI-- Eighth-grade students at North [...]

One simple way to boost Americans’ civics education

September 19th, 2018|

By Charles Sahm New York Post September 16, 2018 | 6:57pm In his State of the City Address this year, Mayor de Blasio called for measures to “protect and reinforce our battered democracy,” including a new “Civics for All” initiative in the city schools. All good — but into the pro-democracy mix, Team de Blasio should add one little [...]

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 [...]

Better civics education in schools? Yes, please

June 6th, 2018|

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 extent, that’s what’s been [...]