Alcee Hastings Introduces the Civics Learning Act

At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., the dean of the Florida delegation, introduced the “Civics Learning Act.”

The proposal “amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to increase civics education programs in our nation’s schools” by increasing “funding for innovative and evidence-based civics learning and teaching programs, including hands-on civic engagement activities, online and video game-based learning, service learning, and participation in student governance.”

Hastings weighed in on his proposal on Saturday.

“On the dawn of a new presidential administration following four years of leadership that did all it could to undermine and erode our democratic institutions, we must take stock of how we arrived at this place in our history and recommit to ensuring our students have access to high-quality civics education. That is why I introduced the Civics Learning Act of 2021, which increases federal support for innovative civics learning programs that can empower the next generation of American leaders and, thereby, strengthen our democracy and commitment to the rule of law for decades to come,” said Hastings.

Forty Democrats in the U.S. House lined up behind the bill including U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor, Charlie Crist, Ted Deutch, Al Lawson and Stephanie Murphy from Florida.

The bill was sent to the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee at the end of last week. So far, there is no companion measure over in the U.S. Senate.


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