U.S. Rep. Woodall introduces bill promoting civics education
U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, has introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at getting civic instruction back into the nation's schools.
The bill, which Woodall introduced along with Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., would amend the Education and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to increase funding for innovative and evidence-based civic learning and teaching programs.
Woodall cited several disturbing statistics that point to the lack of civic instruction and the need for the legislation.
In 2014, only 23 percent of U.S. eighth graders performed at or above a proficient level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress Civics Exam.
The Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania found that only 32 percent of Americans surveyed could name all three branches of government, only 30 percent knew the Senate is in charge of confirming Supreme Court nominees, and only 37 percent could name any of the rights guaranteed under the Constitution's First Amendment.
Woodall's bill is designed to reach students early on in their educational careers and prioritizes funding for high-need schools, underserved populations, and low-access areas.
“It is our intention to ensure Georgia educators are best situated to continue delivering the best possible education to our students for years to come,” he said. “This legislation strikes the right balance between strengthening our students’ understanding of civics while allowing our schools to adopt approaches that fit their individual needs.”