June 15, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) is cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to improve access to civic education with a $1 billion investment across K-12 and higher education, to counter decades of cuts to instruction on America’s founding principles. The Civics Secures Democracy Act would expand educational programming in history and civics by providing funding for state education agencies, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education. Currently, as American trust in public institutions is near all-time lows, only nine states – including Maine – require a full year of civics or government studies, and 10 states have no requirement at all. The bill was introduced by Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), and is also cosponsored by Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.).
“American democracy is an anomaly in world history, and its future relies on each generation understanding our shared history and founding ideals,” said Senator King. “Supporting civics education is one of the most important investments we can make to protect this system of government for the generations to come. With our nation facing deep divisions, I hope this bipartisan legislation can help bring us together around core principles, support Maine educators, and teach young Americans about what makes our system of self-government so precious.”
The Civics Secures Democracy Act helps support educational programs in civics and history by:
A one-pager for the Civics Secures Democracy Act is available here.
Senator King has been a strong advocate for increasing civic engagement, especially among younger Americans. He has previously introduced the Constitution education Is Valuable In Community Schools (CIVICS) Act, bipartisan legislation designed to support the development of Constitution and civics education curriculum for students across the country.