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.


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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Richard Dreyfuss: Politics Should Be Noble Calling

Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss told California lawmakers Thursday that he hopes the public will once again view politics as a noble calling, and he pledged to do his part through his civics education initiative.

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Democracy in decline: Report votes for training better citizens

While complaining about government is as popular as ever, voting appears to be losing its red, white and blue appeal. The endless stream of lawsuits and arrests runs up against a populace loath to do jury service. What’s a democracy to do? A yearlong state study released last week waved red flags at the state of civics education and urged updated lessons be taught in every grade. Modesto City Schools board President Cindy Marks helped draft it.

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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.