Senate bill would increase funding for civics
A bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate on Tuesday would provide $1 billion to expand education programs and research in civics and history. The bill aims to help bridge the gaps between students across the country in civics and history.
The Civics Secures Democracy Act would establish $150 million in competitive grants for colleges and universities to support the development of civics and history education and the preparation of educators. It would also provide $50 million for competitive grants for research that evaluates current civics and history programs and an additional $15 million for a new scholarship program that recognizes educators in underrepresented communities and provides a stipend for a five-year teaching appointment.
“The continued neglect of civic education will further weaken our democratic institutions and our economic competitiveness,” said Sarah Bonk, founder of Business for America. “An investment in civic education produces a more informed and engaged population, which leads to a more educated workforce, greater market stability, and better economic outcomes.”
The bill is sponsored by Senators Chris Coons of Delaware and John Cornyn of Texas and co-sponsored by Angus King of Maine, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Mark Kelly of Arizona and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.