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Congressman Kevin McCarthy Leads Effort to Promote Civic Education in Schools

Jul 3, 2018
Press Release

Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement after sending a letter to the Department of Education in support of two grant applications submitted by the Center for Civic Education to promote professional development for elementary, middle, and high school teachers:

“Our country’s excellence comes in part from each generation of leaders understanding, appreciating, and building on the foundation of our democracy as designed by our Founders. It is important now more than ever that we support initiatives that will enhance civics education in America’s classrooms.  

"In our community, programs run by the Center for Civic Education, such as 'We the People,' foster a competitive and cooperative environment for young minds to learn, respect, and admire the principles our freedoms are built upon. Civics programs reinforce the best of American values and would not be possible without the passion of our local educators and community leaders. I remain committed to promoting professional development in civics for our teachers so they can continue to impart the foundational principles of our nation to current and future generations.”

Terri Richmond, a Golden Valley High School social studies teacher and the immediate past state coordinator for the Center for Civic Education California offered the following comment regarding Congressman McCarthy’s advocacy:

 "Congressman Kevin McCarthy has been a consistent advocate for quality civic education for the students of Kern County. His active sponsorship of legislation and grants to support exceptional professional development for teachers has led to a direct impact on classroom instruction and to student achievement.  Kern County is a shining example of exemplary civic education and that is very much due to Representative McCarthy's continued support of the need to teach students not just civic knowledge, but also to allow them to practice their civic skills." 


Congressman McCarthy led a bipartisan letter addressed to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urging support for the Center for Civic Education’s two grant applications for Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program funding. A copy of this letter can be found here.