Life Story Fuels Justice Sotomayor’s Passion for Education, Civics

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is embracing a higher profile this fall in her off-the-bench role promoting education, as author of two new books for young people and in assuming the mantle of a national leader in efforts to improve civics education and engagement among youth.

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Action on long-awaited civics bill expected

BOSTON -- A civics education bill that's been in limbo since Gov. Charlie Baker returned it to lawmakers in August with an amendment resurfaced on the Senate floor Thursday, and further action is expected on it next week.

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Data: Most States Require History, But Not Civics

The results show that while most states require students to study civics, just eight require them to take a yearlong civics or government class in order to graduate. In comparison, a year of U.S. history is a graduation requirement in 31 states. This comes on top of any U.S. and state history mandates focused on the lower grades.

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