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THE ACT AND WHY IT MATTERS

The Civics Secures Democracy Act [HR 1814] [S. 879] (formerly known as the Educating for Democracy Act) is a bipartisan bill that creates grants for states and districts to support and expand access to American history and civics to meet the needs of today's students and our constitutional democracy. To further strengthen understanding of learning outcomes, it also calls for biannual frequency of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) exams in History and Civics with results disaggregated by state.


The bill:

  • Protects the health of our constitutional democracy by prioritizing American history and civics in our nation’s schools

  • Reverses chronic underinvestment by providing funding to states and school districts to support quality history and civic education that informs and empowers students to participate in our constitutional democracy

  • Encourages more frequent and robust administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in history and civics, providing rich data on student outcomes for teachers, school districts and states

  • Supports the Prince Hall Fellowship Program to strengthen our history and civics teaching corps and diversify the educator pipeline

ACTION ITEMS TO SUPPORT: HR 1814, S. 879

1. CONTACT YOUR U.S. HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE AND U.S. SENATORS

Contact your U.S. House Representative and two U.S. Senators by emailing their Education Assistants. Use this contact list to find your House Members' or Senators' Education Assistant (the list is alphabetical by state, listing Senators then House members by district number). Copy the Education Assistants' email address and contact your House Member's and two U.S. Senators' Education Assistant with a personalized email, see sample email and phone scripts below. If you don't know your House member's name, use this link (just input your zip code) to find out.

Please Note: Some elected officials may have already co-sponsored this bill. Be sure to check where your members of Congress stand below before reaching out and take action accordingly. See directions below.

Co-Sponsors in the House of Representatives

  • Tom Cole [R-OK]

  • Rosa DeLauro [D-CT]

  • Earl Blumenauer [D-OR]

Co-Sponsors in the Senate

  • Chris Coons [D-DE]

  • John Cornyn [R-TX]

If Your Elected Officials Have Not Co-Sponsored the Bill

USE THIS TEMPLATE TO SEND THEM AN EMAIL:

Subject Line: Cosponsor the Civics Secures Democracy Act


Dear Representative/Senator ________,


As an [educator / parent / position at _____ member organization], and as your constituent, I am writing to urge you to cosponsor the bipartisan Civics Secures Democracy Act [HR 1814] [S. 879] to expand access to American history and civic education.


I believe that this funding for American history and civics is critical, because it provides states and districts with the resources they need to effectively teach the subjects and prepare students to be informed and engaged participants in our constitutional democracy. Additionally, participation in the National Assessment of Educational Progress assessments will generate data on learning outcomes to help educators around the country better provide quality civic education. [or substitute / add your own reason here]


To sign on as a cosponsor of the Civics Secures Democracy Act [HR 1814] [S. 879], please contact [dependent on if you're calling a senator or representative]


Thank you very much for your consideration on this issue.


Best,

Name

Title

Institution


USE THIS SCRIPT TO CALL:

Hello,


My name is _________ and I’m a ________ [educator / parent / position at _____ member organization] and a constituent of [Representative / Senator] ______ . I’m calling to encourage the [Representative / Senator] to cosponsor the bipartisan Civics Secures Democracy Act [HR 1814] [S. 879] reintroduced today in both the House and Senate by House Representatives Rosa DeLauro, Tom Cole, Earl Blumenauer, and Senators, Chris Coons and John Cornyn. This bill is focused on providing resources to states and districts for quality American history and civics.


As a _______ [Insert title], I have witnessed the necessity of prioritizing American history and civics across the United States. [Insert your individual reason for supporting the bill]


To sign on as a cosponsor of the Civics Secures Democracy Act [HR 1814] [S. 879], please contact [dependent on if you're calling a senator or representative]


Thank you for taking the time to hear my request.


*Leave a voice message if nobody answers.*

If Your Elected Officials Have Co-Sponsored the Bill

USE THIS TEMPLATE TO SEND THEM A THANK YOU EMAIL:

Subject Line: Thanks for Cosponsoring the Civics Secures Democracy Act

Dear Representative / Senator ________,


As a civics teacher / civics educator / parent / other title [and as your constituent], I am writing to express my gratitude for your commitment to expanding American history and civic education as well as the leadership you have shown in cosponsoring the Civics Secures Democracy Act [HR 1814] [S. 879]. Once implemented, this important piece of legislation provides states and districts with the resources they need to effectively teach American history and civics and prepare students to be informed and engaged participants in our constitutional democracy. Additionally, participation in the National Assessment of Educational Progress assessments will generate data on learning outcomes to help educators around the country better provide quality civic education.


I am grateful to you for championing such a comprehensive bill that will have a significant impact on the future of our constitutional democracy.


Thank you very much for your support on this issue.


Best,

Name (can also include title, institution)

USE USE THIS SCRIPT TO CALL TO SAY THANK YOU:

Hello,


My name is _________ and I’m a ________ [educator / parent / position at _____ member organization] and a constituent of [Representative / Senator ______ ]. I’m calling to thank the [Representative / Senator ____ ] for cosponsoring the bipartisan Civics Secures Democracy Act [HR 1814] [S. 879] and supporting expanded access to American history and civics for students across the country.


As a _______ [Insert title], I have witnessed the necessity of prioritizing American history and civics across the United States. And the [Representative / Senator's _____] support will be instrumental to the future of our constitutional democracy.


Thank you very much for your support on this issue.


*Leave a voice message if nobody answers.*

DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER

Representatives DeLauro, Cole and Blumenauer have sent this "Dear Colleague" letter to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives, urging them to endorse and co-sponsor the Civics Secures Democracy Act [HR 1814].

Please attach this letter in your email communications to the Congressional staff you contact in support of the Bill.

2: SHOW YOUR SUPPORT ON SOCIAL MEDIA

SAMPLE TWEETS TO SHARE ON TWITTER:

The time is now to expand access to American history and civics.

Support the bipartisan Civics Secures Democracy Act: bit.ly/supportcivics

Join the bipartisan effort towards viable change in amplifying the new Civics Secures Democracy Act.

Take action for a more accessible American history and civics: bit.ly/supportcivics

Back Representatives @rosadelauro & @TomColeOK04 along with Senators @ChrisCoons & @JohnCornyn in their collective effort to gain support for the Civics Secures Democracy Act in each chamber: bit.ly/supportcivics

SAMPLE POSTS TO SHARE ON FACEBOOK:

Championing new legislation like the bipartisan Civics Secures Democracy Act is more important than ever.

Join me in supporting the future of American history and civics: bit.ly/supportcivics

The time is now to back a comprehensive push to improve our nation’s American history and civic education for all K-12 students.

I urge you to support the bipartisan Civics Secures Democracy Act as it is reintroduced in both the House and the Senate: bit.ly/supportcivics

The future of our constitutional democracy rests in the classrooms of today.

The Civics Secures Democracy Act will provide resources to states to support quality history and civic education. Join me in supporting this bipartisan bill: bit.ly/supportcivics

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