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HCR009.........................................................by EDUCATION 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. 02/09 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing 02/10 Rpt prt - to Educ
]]]] 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 RS 14838 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. FISCAL NOTE Funding will be from private sources. There will be no impact on the General Fund. Contact Name: Rep. Tom Trail Rep. Steve Smylie Sen. Bert Marley Phone: 332-1000 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE HCR 9