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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Civic learning for all K-12 students gets boost from community leaders, school boards

Local leaders from education, law and business, under the leadership of Honorable Kristen A. Lucena, Butte County Superior Court Presiding Judge, Tim Taylor, Butte County Superintendent of Schools, and Michael Daily, Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor, announced today that twelve of the county’s fourteen school districts and the Butte County Office of Education have adopted civic learning resolutions aimed at supporting a comprehensive civic learning curriculum and programs in all K-12 schools in Butte County. The remaining districts will vote on civic learning resolutions within the next two weeks. If passed, Butte County will become the first county in the state where all school districts have adopted civic learning resolutions.

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Civics lessons are on the upswing in California’s schools

Last week the National Assessment of Education Progress released a report card on U.S. history, geography and civics. Unfortunately, the results were dismal, but not surprising. Only 23 percent of eighth-graders tested at or above proficient in civics with no improvement since the last report card for these subjects in 2010.

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8th graders score low on history, civics

History has repeated itself, and it doesn’t look much better. American eighth-graders demonstrated virtually the same dismal grasp of U.S. history, civics and geography in test results released Wednesday than they did four years ago, when the National Report Card assessments were last administered.

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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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