Civics will now be taught to all High School students in Oregon prior to graduation for at least one semester. The new law passed unanimously in the Oregon legislature. Jamie Parfitt had this information in KDRV. Here is an excerpt:
The Oregon House of Representatives on Monday voted unanimously to pass a bill that would require a semester of civics for all high school students before graduation, sending it on to Governor Kate Brown for signature.
Senate Bill 513 passed the Oregon Senate with widespread support in April. The bill ensures that students receive dedicated class time over a semester-long civics education course.
“Civics education is the necessary component for the security and sustainability of a Republic based upon democratic ideals and this landmark bill will give the next generation of Oregonians the knowledge and tools they need to lead,” said Representative Paul Evans, chief sponsor of the bill. “I have been working to pass a civics requirement for Oregon students since entering the Legislature in 2014 and was heartened to see overwhelming support for this bill expressed by hundreds of local elected officials, educators, students, members of the business community and individual citizens. Their voices were heard by this Legislature and their support was the engine that helped pass the Civics Education Act.”
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