by Shawn Healy, Civic Learning Scholar
In an overwhelming bi-partisan vote of 81-29, the Illinois House of Representatives today passed HB 4025 requiring high school civics course for graduation. This could not have been done without the help and unwavering support of civics advocates across the state. Later this spring, the civics bill will move to the Senate for consideration.
Educating the next generation of citizens was historically a central mission of our schools. We need to make sure it is again. The public knows this – a recent poll indicated that nearly 80 percent of people in Illinois support a high school civics course requirement. Educated, engaged young people are our future.
Visit the McCormickFoundation.org for updates on the progress of this legislation.
Learn more about the bill's journey through the House:
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