SLCEC worked with the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition to advocate for a legislative mandate that would require all high school students to complete a semester-long civics course in order to graduate. Illinois was only one of ten states in the country without a requirement that students study government of civics.
Governor Rauner signed HB4025 into law in August 2015. The new law requires classroom teachers to utilize four specific best practice pedagogies during instruction.
“Civic Class for High School Graduation Will Push the Envelope,” by Diane Rado, September 7, 2015, Chicago Tribune
Public Policy Days
CPS high school students converge at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to learn about public policy and advocacy.