Civic education advocates in Nevada and around the country are celebrating with the passage of Nevada state bill 193, signed by Governor Steve Sisolak on June 7, 2019. SB193 appropriates funds for the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement to support the continuation of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program for elementary, middle, and high school students.
Nevada state Senator Joyce Woodhouse created the bill, and it was sponsored by Senator David Parks, Senator Marilyn Dondero Loop, Senator Scott Hammond, Assemblyman Jason Frierson, and Assemblywoman Dina Neal. All sponsors attended the governor’s bill signing, as well as the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement’s board members: Justice Elissa Cadish, Professor Sondra Cosgrove, and Professor Michael Green.
Many students, alumni, teachers, judges, and civic education supporters testified in support of the bill in March. Teachers spoke of the program’s benefit to their classes, and students spoke of the depth of understanding they gained when studying the Constitution, democracy, and the rights of citizens. You can watch their testimony in front of the Nevada Senate Committee on Finance here.
“Our civic education programs in elementary, middle, and high schools involve parents, educators, attorneys, and others, expanding their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and current events,” said Kathleen Dickinson, the Nevada We the People state coordinator and program director of the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement. “This bill being signed into law is great for strengthening NvCCE’s present and future presence [in the state].”
You can find more information about the We the People program at the Center for Civic Education site.