DiDomenico Announces New Civics Education Law

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Senator Sal DiDomenico recently joined with his friends in the labor community at a Helmets to Hardhats event at the State House. Helmets to Hardhats is a non-profit program that helps military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by connecting them with no cost, skilled training and quality career opportunities within the unionized construction industry. “Despite recent funding cuts at the federal level, Helmets to hard hats continues to do great work supporting our active duty military, National Guard, and Reserves and connecting them with the very best jobs in construction. I am proud to support the work they do,” said Senator DiDomenico.

Senator Sal DiDomenico recently announced a new civics education law aimed at strengthening civics education in the Commonwealth’s public schools by taking a nonpartisan approach to civic engagement projects and awareness programs starting in the eighth grade. 

Senator DiDomenico and his colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature passed this piece of legislation in July and Governor Baker signed a revised version of the bill last week. DiDomenico was a strong supporter of the bill and greater civics education in the Commonwealth.

“Now more than ever, civics education is of the highest importance to teach and prepare our next generation of leaders,” said Senator DiDomenico, Assistant Majority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate. “I am con dent that this law will empower youth with the tools and knowledge they need to be well-versed in our electoral system and legislative process, and will ensure that they are ready to be active participants

in our democracy.”

The law requires every school district that serves students in eighth grade or high school to offer all students the chance to participate in a non-partisan civics project. State officials will also be required to develop a voter registration challenge, to encourage students get their classmates to register or pre-register to vote.

The law also implements new requirements for civics education. Schools will now be required to teach:

• the state and U.S. constitutions;

• the Bill of Rights;

• local history and government;

• the branches of government;

• the responsibilities of a citizen in a democracy;

• digital media literacy;

• issues related to diversity and power; and

• etiquette regarding the ag.

A trust fund will be created to help school districts develop curricula that adhere to the new state history and civics education requirements.

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