Time for Action: 
HB1252 Civics Education in Middle School
SB2236 Invest in Kids Funding  
February 7, 2018
FROM: 
Bonnie Cox, LWVIL President
Hilary Denk and Heather Cunningham, LWVIL Issues Co-chairs
Jean Pierce, Claire McIntyre, and Nancy Brandt, Education Issues Specialist

1st ACTION NEEDED
P leas e urge your state Representative to vote  YES for HB1252 t o require every public elementary school to include civics education in its 6th, 7th or 8th grade curriculum.
 
WHY IT MATTERS
Q uality civics courses have tremendous impact. For example, when Florida introduced a required civics course in middle school, 61% of Florida students achieved proficiency in civics, compared to 22% of middle school students nationally in the most recent NAEP Civics Assessment.
 
Citizens with high levels of civic knowledge vote regularly and participate broadly in our democracy.

2nd ACTION NEEDED
Please urge your state Senator to vote YES for SB2236 which requires sufficient appropriations for public schools before tax credits are awarded to send children to private schools.

WHY IT MATTERS
The League opposes using public tax dollars to fund private schools. This bill would  ensure that public schools are adequately funded before tax credits are used for private school scholarships.

Find  contact information for your State Legislator at  http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

League of Women Voters of Illinois
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Phone: (312) 939-5935  | Email:  issues@lwvil.org  | website:  www.lwvil.org
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