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The bipartisan Civics Secures Democracy Act was reintroduced in Congress by Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Tom Cole (R-OK), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) in the U.S. House, and by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and John Cornyn (R-TX) in the U.S. Senate. Constitutional Rights Foundation is proud to be part of a broad coalition of social studies organizations that enthusiastically supports this bill.
The Civics Secures Democracy Act would invest $1 billion in giving young people in our country the civic education they need to become knowledgeable and skilled protectors of our constitutional democracy. It is not a federal mandate and does not prescribe any curriculum, leaving those decisions with individual states and school districts. You can read the full text of the original bill here or a summary of the original bill here.
Please contact your U.S. representative and senators and request they co-sponsor the act. You can use this list to find your representatives' and senators' staffers who work on education. If you are not sure of it, click here to confirm your representative's name. Feel free to use the sample email and/or phone script below. Phone calls are highly effective and only take a minute or two of your time.
Dear Representative/Senator ________,
As an [educator/parent/community member] constituent from [city], I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor the bipartisan Civics Secures Democracy Act (HR 1814) to strengthen civic education and the teaching of American history in K-12 schools.
The $1 billion in funding this bill would provide is critical because it provides states and school districts with the resources they need to teach these vital subjects and prepare students to be informed, effective, and engaged participants in our constitutional democracy. [Insert your individual reason for supporting the bill].
The Dear Colleague letter from Rep.s DeLauro, Cole, and Blumenauer lays out additional reasons this legislation is so important. I urge you to read it and then contact their offices.
To sign on as a co-sponsor of the Civics Secures Democracy Act (HR 1814), please contact:
- In the House, Harper White in Rep. DeLauro's Office at Harper.White@mail.house.gov or Shane Hand in Rep. Cole's Office at Shane.Hand@mail.house.gov
- In the Senate, contact Corey Linehan in Senator Coons' Office at Corey_Linehan@coons.senate.gov or Claire Sanderson in Sen. Cornyn's Office at Claire_Sanderson@cornyn.senate.gov.
Thank you very much for your consideration on this issue.
Sample phone script*
My name is [your name] and I'm a [parent/educator/community member] constituent from[city]. I'm calling to encourage [representative/senator] to co-sponsor the bipartisan Civics Secures Democracy Act (HR 1814) reintroduced in both the House and Senate by House Representatives Rosa DeLauro, Tom Cole, Earl Blumenauer, and by Senators Chris Coons and John Cornyn. This bill is focused on providing resources to states and districts for quality American history and civics education.
I believe in prioritizing the study of American history and civics across the United States because [Insert your individual reason for supporting the bill].
To sign on as a co-sponsor of the Civics Secures Democracy Act (HR 1814), please contact [dependent on if you're calling a senator or representative]:
- [In the House] Harper White in Rep. DeLauro's Office or Shane Hand in Rep. Cole's Office.
- [In the Senate] Corey Linehan in Senator Coons' Office or Claire Sanderson in Sen. Cornyn's Office.
Thank you for taking the time to hear my request.
*Leave a voice message if nobody answers.