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.


SD school wins top honor for civics

When the California Supreme Court Chief Justice visited Kumeyaay Elementary School on Tuesday to give students a state award for civic learning, it didn’t take long for her to see why the campus was chosen for the honor. Evidence of civic engagement can be seen throughout the sprawling Tierrasanta school.

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State Supreme Court Chief Justice Honors San Diego School

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye honored Kumeyaay Elementary School in San Diego with the California Civic Learning Award of Excellence Tuesday. The K-5 school is one of three campuses in California to receive the award, and the only elementary school chosen. The winners were selected by a panel of experts, who evaluated the schools’ civic learning courses and programs.

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Action Civics

We hear a lot about the bad news: Fewer than 8.2 percent of eligible voters ages 18–24 turned out in the 2014 general election; most Americans cannot name the three branches of government; many young people do not think their civic involvement is worthwhile. But there are pockets of good news all around us. More schools are building on the old adage, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” We call this “action civics,” and we know it works.

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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.