The importance of civic education

There is no more important purpose for public education than to prepare the rising generation of citizens with knowledge about our Constitution, our republican institutions, and the responsibilities of self-government.

A coalition has come together to emphasize the importance of civics in Washington State schools.

We recognize that the more students are exposed to and learn how our government works, the better engaged they’ll be not only as a young person, but as an adult.

The Senate approved a bill I sponsored creating a public-private partnership to determine and implement ways to improve access to civic education in our schools. Modeled after a successful financial literacy public-private partnership, this initiative will provide coordination and funding for innovative civics programming with the hope of improving civic literacy in the rising generation of Washingtonians.