SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Oregon House voted Monday to make civics education a requirement for high school students. Senate Bill 513 A updates Oregon high school graduation requirements to also include a civic education half credit.
“SB 513 A is a bill that kicks off the process of empowering our schools to teach Oregon’s next generation how to manage the most complex, complicated and often confusing structure of self-governance in human history. Said Rep. Paul Evans (D-Monmouth).
“This bill is not a panacea, but it is the foundation of a shared vocabulary. This will open the door to a larger, more strategic investment in lifelong public service experiences and community opportunities to learn how to improve a neighborhood, a school, a community and a nation.
“In recent years, we have seen a growing distrust of our democratic institutions and a breach of political standards,” said Representative Teresa Alonso Leon (D-Woodburn). “Providing students with a civic education in which our diverse population can see themselves and promoting a better understanding of how our governing bodies work will help undo some of this damage.”
SB 513 A, passed unanimously, is now moving to the governor’s office.
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