Hastings and Woodall Introduce the Civics Learning Act of 2019

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Washington, D.C., January 29, 2019 | comments

Today, Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Rob Woodall (R-GA) introduced the Civics Learning Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that increases funding for innovative and evidence-based civics education programs serving K-12 students and teachers, as well as empowering local schools to develop a curriculum tailored to their needs. Joining Hastings and Woodall as original co-sponsors include: Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Al Green (D-TX), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), Josh Harder (D-CA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.-At-Large), Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Susan Wild (D-PA), Jahana Hayes (D-CT), and Yvette Clarke (D-NY) (Please find attached a copy of the bill):

“Recommitting our nation to high quality civics education is vital,” said Congressman Hastings. “It’s shocking that, in 2018, only a third of Americans could name all three branches of government. This startling reality reveals that federal support for civics education programs must be renewed, both to strengthen our democracy and the future of our students. I am proud to introduce this measure with my friend and colleague, Rep. Woodall, to ensure that today’s students become the productive, knowledgeable and engaged citizens of tomorrow.”

“It is our intention to ensure Georgia educators are best situated to continue delivering the best possible education to our students for years to come,” said Congressman Woodall. “This legislation strikes the right balance between strengthening our students’ understanding of civics while allowing our schools to adopt approaches that fit their individual needs.”

Bill Summary 

The Civics Learning Act of 2019 authorizes $30,000,000 for innovative and evidence-based civics learning and teaching programs, including but not limited to hands-on civic engagement activities, online and video game-based learning, service learning, and activities that include participation in student governance and learning about the Constitution. Recognizing that most civics programs focus on high school teachers and students, this bill would ensure funding for elementary, middle, and high school programs in order to create a lasting foundation for civic knowledge. In addition, this bill would prioritize funding for high-need schools, underserved populations, and low-access areas such as rural or inner-city communities.

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman-designate of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Dean and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.

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