Promote civic engagement through high school education with HB 334!

Ask your state senator to pass HB 334 to introduce a civic engagement project into the high school civics curriculum!

Less than 25% of American students are proficient in Civics, according to a National Assessment of Education Progress report. Less than half of Utahns can correctly answer basic U.S. history questions. This lack of knowledge prevents people from being informed and engaged citizens. Utah is also ranked 39th in the nation for voter turnout, demonstrating low civic participation in elections.

Civic and character education are fundamental elements of the public education system’s core mission, as described in the Utah Constitution.Current curriculum requires Utah high school students to pass a civics test in order to receive a diploma. HB 334 would add an additional civic engagement project requirement to help students apply concepts in a practical way to encourage lifelong civic participation.

Simply click “Start Writing” to ask your legislator to vote YES on HB 334.

What would HB 334 Civics Education Amendments do?

Starting with the 2020-21 school year, the state board will administer a three-year civic engagement pilot program to measure the benefits and methods of implementing the requirement of students completing a civics engagement project in order to graduate with a high school diploma. School boards and administrators can provide training to teachers as needed to administer the program and emphasize civic and character education. Schools participating in the program have to submit a report to the State Board of Education

This good bill has passed in the House. Let’s get it passed in the Senate!
(Remember to personalize your comments for the greatest impact! Why do YOU support this proposal?)

  • Civic engagement matters. HB 334 would add an additional civic engagement project requirement to help students apply concepts in a practical way to encourage lifelong civic participation.
  • Data shows that youth have lower rates of civic participation, including voter turnout. HB 334 is important in engaging youth since younger populations can be better reached for civics education through the school system.
  • Implementing the civic engagement project as a pilot program will give students the opportunity to participate in civic engagement in order to better understand civics and educators the ability to test the program.
  • The civic engagement project will comply with the core standards for Utah public education and prepare students to participate in and strengthen our democracy.
How to make sure your letter is successful:

  1. Use a clear and specific subject heading.
  2. Start with a salutation (“Dear …”).
  3. Be CIVIL, PERSONAL and as CONCISE as possible.
  4. Mention that you are a CONSTITUENT and include your full address with zip code.
  5. Sign your name at the end.

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