Civic Education Wins in the California State Legislature

I am very pleased to announce that AB 24, establishing a State Seal of Civic Engagement for students, was signed into law this legislative session. As a co-author of the bill, my hope is this new seal will provide recognition for young people who are already participating in, and are knowledgeable about, our democracy. I also hope […]

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Democracy at a Crossroads: National Civics Summit

What do Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court, Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour, former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., NBA legend Shane Battier, and the actress America Ferrera all have in common? They were featured speakers at the recent Democracy at a Crossroads summit in Washington, D.C. On Sept 21, more […]

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Civic Learning Award Inspired More Law-Related Education

  There’s something different about going back to school this year at Bellflower High School in Los Angeles County: a new focus on law-related education spurred by the school’s recent Civic Learning Award. Winning this top honor motivated teachers at Bellflower to ask what more could be done in civics to connect teachers with court […]

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California Secretary of State Supports Chief Justice’s Civics Initiative

I am proud to join Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and the Power of Democracy Steering Committee in promoting civic learning and engagement opportunities for California’s youth. Students are the future of our democracy. As the state’s chief elections officer, I recently announced a new online tool for 16 and 17 year olds to pre-register to […]

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A Renewed Effort to Revitalize the Teaching of Civic Engagement in Our Schools

This article originally appeared in Building Better Schools website on 1/2/2017 In response to the question from a woman after the Constitutional Convention asked of Ben  Franklin, “Well Doctor what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin replied,  “A republic, if you can keep it.” The survival of our democracy has always depended […]

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