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League of Women Voters: Why Civics Education Matters

Under what kind of government does the United States operate and what does it value? Here is a hint: repeat the Pledge of Allegiance. Did you learn this in civics? Perhaps not. Illinois is one of 10 states that do not require a civics or government course to graduate from high school.
Said Illinois Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park: “Many students graduate without even basic knowledge of current events and how to become active members of their communities." To rectify this, she introduced House Bill 4025, requiring civics education for high school students as a graduation requirement, and HB4024, implementing teacher training in the teaching of civics.