In March, Rep. Deb Conroy introduced legislation to strengthen civic education in Illinois. The legislation aims to promote greater civic learning through a required civics course for all Illinois high school students and to support teacher training, the greatest area of need for implementation of a new course.
On March 25, the legislation emerged successfully through its respective subcommittees. Because of this we are one step closer to bringing civics back to Illinois schools. Thanks to supporters that submitted witness slips in favor of the legislation. More than 300 proponent slips were filed.
This legislation is based on the recommendations of the Illinois Task Force on Civic Education which was established by the legislature to study the status of civic education in Illinois and make recommendations on how to improve it. The Task Force, which I had the honor to chair, was comprised of legislators, educators, school administrators, and community leaders from across the state.