Bill requiring middle school students to take a civics education course signed into law

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, April 14, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 14, 2021) – Legislation to improve civic engagement among young Hoosiers is now law, according to State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville).

House Enrolled Act 1384, which Saunders supported, requires students to take a semester-long civics education course in grades 6, 7 or 8. Saunders said young Hoosiers usually take a government class during their senior year of high school, but this legislation is designed to reach students earlier.

"Young Hoosiers will inherit our democracy, and it is our duty to make sure they are educated about how their government works," Saunders said. "In order to keep our state and country moving forward we need to engage all Hoosiers in civics."

This legislation comes out of a recommendation from the Civics Education Task Force led by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch.

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State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents House District 54,

which includes Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties.

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