Advocates, Educators Press for More Civics Education

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By:  Brittany Lee-Richardson  
News21 UMD Staff
Posted: July 31, 2009

With only nine states now requiring civics assessments for students to graduate from public high schools, after-school programs are being launched to fill in the gaps of civics literacy. Many say teaching youths about how government works is an important step in creating a generation of young voters.

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News21 asked middle and high school students at a civics competition in Birmingham, Ala., to interview each other about the importance of civics. The students shot video of each other talking about civics in general and the importance of their parents' role in their educations.

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