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.

Join us in shining a light on the need for quality civic education and engagement to ensure that these important issues are ultimately part of meaningful state policy changes.

Learn about the CA Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning recommendations.


Civics education is essential to democracy

After every election comes the inevitable hand-wringing. Voting experts and other people who care about preserving our democracy shake their heads over turnout numbers among young people and wonder what this world is coming to. Californians between 18 and 34 aren’t short on opinions when it comes to, say, “American Idol.” But an overwhelming majority of them decline to cast a vote for governor or mayor, let alone the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District board of directors.

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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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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.