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Stepping up for civics.

Districts in as many as 21 states may soon notice an elevation of civic education policy and practice, as the new Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools begins selection of its first grant recipients this month. Up to six $150,000 grants and up to 15 $20,000 grants will be awarded to groups of education leaders, legislators, student associations, businesses, government agencies and others who join together to launch state-level campaigns and projects.

For states with favorable civic education policies, a grant might provide teacher training and other support to implement them. States with little policy infrastructure may work to address that shortage. Smaller projects might include district surveys of civic education resources or plans to increase service learning with a civic focus.

The campaign is managed by the Council's Center for Democracy & Citizenship. Besides the grant program, efforts include preparing an extensive set of civic education resources and practices, addressing six approaches to the subject area that were presented in a report last year.

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Title Annotation:Curriculum update: the latest developments in math, science, language arts and social studies
Author:Ezarik, Melissa
Publication:District Administration
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2004
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