The only way we can meet the many challenges currently facing California and the nation is with a citizenry that understands and participates in all aspects of civic life.

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Educators Need to Renew Focus on Civic Education

There was an issue mentioned by Feinstein almost in passing that piqued my interest—something that Americans from President Barack Obama to Governor Jerry Brown, from Mayor Chuck Reed to Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman and county School Board President Leon Beauchman should give a renewed focus. The issue: civics education.

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State seeks to revamp arts, social studies standards

A task force, led by the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition, will help develop the new social studies standards. It will comprise teachers representing various grades and disciplines, such as civics, economics, geography, history and sociology. The task force will review the College, Career, and Civic Framework published last fall by the National Council for the Social Studies. It also will draw from what other states have done.

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Watch how California high school students benefit from engaging civic learning programs that equip, empower, and encourage them to grow into active citizens. The Power of Democracy Steering Committee is working to support robust civic learning experiences for all California students. 

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