TC-CivicsEdWith all the scandals Illinois has been through in recent years, state Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) thinks it’s a good idea students learn civic responsibility and the proper role of government. He was surprised to find that there is no specific requirement that schools implement civic education in their curriculum, just an encouragement that it be part of social studies classes.

“I think education is our best defense against the type of corruption and abuse we’ve seen in past governors,” said Cullerton. “I’d prefer students learn about good government from a teacher rather than a federal prosecutor.”

Cullerton sponsored legislation – House Bill 2428 – puts the Illinois State Board of Education in charge of creating a team to come up with ideas for a program by next May 31.

“We seemed to have drifted away from teaching civics in schools,” Cullerton said.  “Bringing civics classes to curriculums will allow our youth to become informed members of the public. It’s important to make sure future generations in Illinois realize what it means to be a democratic country.”

The legislation passed the Illinois Senate on Thursday and now heads to Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk.

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