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May 09, 2018

Can Education Produce More Civically Engaged Students? You Bet, Study Finds

Enrolling in a school operated by the Democracy Prep charter network boosted students' voting rates when they turned 18.

May 04, 2018

Will Illinois Be the Next State to Require Public Schools Teach LGBT History?

Illinois would become the second state, after California, to require public schools to teach LGBT-inclusive history if a bill passed by the state senate becomes law.

April 19, 2018

Text for Black History Course Should Begin With Pre-Slavery Era, Critics Argue

High schools in Bridgeport, Conn., will offer a new course in African-American history in the fall, but not everyone agrees on which text to use.

April 09, 2018

Could Requiring Students to Take the Citizenship Test Do More Harm than Good?

The National Council for the Social Studies is pushing back on the policy, arguing it's likely to reduce classroom civics instruction to surface-level knowledge.

March 22, 2018

Arming Teens in the Fight Against Fake News

A new project called MediaWise, backed by a $3 million Google grant, aims to teach young people how to tell fact from fiction online.

February 01, 2018

Schools Are Failing to Teach the Truth About Slavery, the SPLC Says

What students received is fragmented, glossed over, or sanitized, says the report.

January 12, 2018

How Is Policing Depicted in Children's Books? Oakland Librarians Took a Look

Children's librarians at the Oakland Public Library developed a toolkit to help peers evaluate how police officers and policing are represented in the books they offer for children.

December 29, 2017

Illinois Teachers Map Trail of Tears Route Through Their Own Backyard

The interactive Trail of Tears curriculum stresses "place-based learning."

December 28, 2017

Judge Blocks Arizona From Banning Ethnic Studies Classes

A federal judge has blocked an Arizona state law that led to the shuttering of a popular Mexican-American history course in Tucson Unified School District.

November 16, 2017

What Does a Civic-Ready Student Look Like? Nebraska Leaders Forge a Definition

The state is crafting a definition that includes civic knowledge, skills, actions, and dispositions.

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