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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 9
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CIVIC EDUCATION - Stating findings of the Legislature relating to civic
education and urging the Secretary of State to convene a summit for civic
learning, providing composition of the committee and requiring a report.
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-eighth Legislature First Regular Session - 2005
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 9
BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
1 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
2 STATING FINDINGS OF THE LEGISLATURE RELATING TO CIVIC EDUCATION AND URGING THE
3 SECRETARY OF STATE TO CONVENE A SUMMIT FOR CIVIC LEARNING, PROVIDING COM-
4 POSITION OF THE COMMITTEE, AND REQUIRING A REPORT.
5 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 WHEREAS, civic learning encourages young people to be thoughtful and pro-
7 ductive members of their communities and future leaders of the state; and
8 WHEREAS, it is crucial to the future health of our representative democ-
9 racy that all young people be knowledgeable about democratic principles and
10 practices, engaged in their communities and in politics, and committed to the
11 public good; and
12 WHEREAS, on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 1998, only
13 twenty-five percent of students at the upper elementary and secondary levels
14 were proficient in civics and government; and
15 WHEREAS, nationally, under twenty percent of eligible 18 to 25 year-olds
16 voted in the 2004 presidential election; and
17 WHEREAS, according to "The Civic and Political Health of the Nation: A
18 Generational Portrait" nearly one-half of 15 to 25 year-olds indicate civic
19 education increases their interest and participation in civic affairs; and
20 WHEREAS, individuals who have a clear understanding of the rights and
21 responsibilities of citizenship in a representative democracy are more likely
22 to exercise those rights and responsibilities to be competent and responsible
23 citizens; and
24 WHEREAS, the need for civic learning in our state is crucial to the long-
25 term social and political health of the state.
26 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session
27 of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and the
28 Senate concurring therein, that the Secretary of State, with the assistance of
29 the Department of Education, is urged to establish a committee to convene a
30 Summit for Civic Learning at Boise State University with a goal of determining
31 a strategy for enhancing long-term civic engagement and learning within the
32 state, and recommending a plan for improving civic engagement and learning
33 before the Second Regular session of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature.
34 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee should be composed of a diverse
35 range of student, teacher and administrator representatives from K through 12
36 and postsecondary education, media, civic organizations, and elected offi-
37 cials, and shall be facilitated by the Department of Education's Office of
38 Civics, Service, Character and International Education.
39 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee shall report its findings and
40 recommendations for future action to the Office of the Secretary of State and
41 the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction no later than December
42 1, 2005.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The intent of this concurrent resolution relates to civic
education and urges the Secretary of State to convene a summit
for civic learning, providing composition of the committee and
requiring a report.
Funding will be from private sources. There will be no impact on
the General Fund.
Name: Rep. Tom Trail
Rep. Steve Smylie
Sen. Bert Marley
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE HCR 9