Linda Borg | The Providence Journal
U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline has introduced a bill to study whether students across the country are receiving a robust civics education.
“For decades, civics education has become less and less of a priority in our schools,” Cicilline said in a statement. “It’s not only a shame, it hurts our democracy. At a time when misinformation runs rampant, we need to give young people a solid footing in knowledge of our government.”
Cicilline said only nine states and the District of Columbia require at least one year of civics education before graduation. This bill, said, would address these inequities.
Rhode Island leaves the decision of whether to teach civics up to individual school districts.
The legislation would establish