Jul 10, 2019 / E-news
The newly proposed USA Civics Act by Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware) and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) is legislation to update an American history and civics grant program under the Higher Education Act.
“Civic engagement lies at the heart of our democratic process,” said Senator Coons. He emphasized the importance “to offer our future leaders robust opportunities to deepen both their knowledge of our institutions and their skills in participating in democratic discourse and advocacy.”
This bipartisan act would authorize grants and funds to support organizations and programs focused on the promotion of education in American history, political thought, citizenship, and democracy. Nonprofit organizations, universities, and government humanities programs will all have the opportunity to apply for funds that pursue this work, including relevant teacher professional development and other outreach activities.
“Learning about America’s rich history and what makes our political process unique is essential to preserving democracy,” said Senator Cornyn. “This legislation would promote civic education in schools and universities and support teachers as they inspire young Texans to be engaged citizens.”
Furthermore, the Center for Civic Education’s executive director, Charles N. Quigley, was featured in the senators’ press release, expressing his support for the act:
On the behalf of the Center for Civic Education, I would like to express support for the USA Civics Act and commend Senator Chris Coons and Senator John Cornyn for its introduction. This legislation will provide much needed support for the enhancement of civic education in higher education as well as meet the pressing need to prepare teachers at elementary and secondary levels to provide their students sound instruction in the history and contemporary relevance of American political thought and its impact of their everyday lives. We need to develop enlightened and responsible participation in our political system and the best way to do this is through effective civic education.