$1.5M Dedicated for Civics Education
BOSTON — Six months after the governor signed a law implementing new statewide civics education requirements, the Senate moved Wednesday to dedicate $1.5 million in next year’s budget to help implement the new curriculum.
Senators voted 39-0 in favor of a fiscal year 2020 budget amendment allocating $1.5 million to the Civics Project Trust Fund, which was created under the new law to help districts implement civics courses and assignments.
Sen. Harriette Chandler, who sponsored the amendment and last session’s bill, said the money was a “down payment on the civics education of Massachusetts” that will help educate and engage future leaders. “These projects require good teacher training and in-depth curriculum,” Chandler said on the Senate floor. “The money included in this amendment will capitalize the Civics Project Trust Fund to support the infrastructure, curriculum resources and professional development needed to integrate high-quality civics education.”
Gov. Charlie Baker signed the bill last November, and Chandler said the new material — covering a range of topics related to government, including American history, how various branches work, and disenfranchised voter populations — will be taught beginning in September 2020.