March 17, 2021: Advocacy Alert – Civics Secures Democracy Act
March 17, 2021 • Advocacy

Introduced in the US House of Representatives by: Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

Introduced in the US Senate by: Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

The Civics Secures Democracy Act [HR 1814] (formerly known as the Educating for Democracy Act) is a bipartisan bill that creates grants for states and districts to support and expand access to American history and civics to meet the needs of today’s students and our constitutional democracy.

The bill:

  • Protects the health of our constitutional democracy by prioritizing American history and civics in our nation’s schools

  • Reverses chronic underinvestment by providing funding to states and school districts to support quality history and civic education that informs and empowers students to participate in our constitutional democracy

  • Encourages more frequent and robust administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in history and civics, providing rich data on student outcomes for teachers, school districts, and states

  • Supports the Prince Hall Fellowship Program to strengthen our history and civics teaching corps and diversify the educator pipeline

Read Bill Summary Here     Read Bill Text Here

We have adapted templates from CivXNow’s “Civics Secures Democracy Act” advocacy toolkit for you to use as you contact your elected representatives to request their support for the bill.

Contact your U.S. House Representative and two U.S. Senators by emailing their education assistants with a personalized email, see sample email and phone scripts below. If you don’t know your House member’s name, use this link (just input your zip code) to find out.

Templates for Contacting your Representative/Senator

Representatives DeLauro, Cole and Blumenauer have sent this “Dear Colleague” letter to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives, urging them to endorse and co-sponsor the Civics Secures Democracy Act [HR 1814].

Please attach this letter in your email communications to the Congressional staff you contact in support of the Bill.

*NOTE: Representative DeLauro has co-sponsored the bill. Send her a note (or call) of thanks using this template.
Rep. Larson has signed on as well!

Senate Richard Blumenthal Democratic 202-224-2823 Alison Council Legislative Aide
Senate Chris Murphy Democratic 202-224-4041 Pete Mills Legislative Assistant
House District 1 John Larson* Signed On Democratic 202-225-2265 Mike Dunn Legislative Assistant
House District 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 202-225-2076 Maria Costigan Legislative Director
House District 3 Rosa DeLauro*            Co-Sponsor Democratic 202-225-3661 Harper White Legislative Assistant
House District 4 Jim Himes Democratic 202-225-5541 Jessica Hagens-Jordan Defense and Foreign Policy Adviser
House District 5 Jahana Hayes Democratic 202-225-4476 Maddie Daly Legislative Director

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