Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #70
ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED
Mar 19, 2018 5:30 PM

City Council support of S. 2306, “An Act to promote and enhance civic engagement.”

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, JDSponsors:Vice Mayor Jan Devereux, Mayor Marc C. McGovern, Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor Alanna Mallon
Category:Policy Order

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. Original Order

Body

WHEREAS:

The Massachusetts State Legislature is currently considering S. 2306, “An Act to promote and enhance civic engagement”; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

This bill was recently reported favorably from the Committee on Education, and currently sits before the Committee on Senate Ways and Means; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

This bill would ensure that in all public schools, “American history and civics education shall be taught as required subjects for the purpose of promoting civic service and a greater knowledge thereof, and of preparing students, morally and intellectually, for the duties of citizenship…”; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The bill focuses on student education of American history, the Constitution of the United States, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, the Constitution of the Commonwealth and local history and government; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The bill would also include in curriculum frameworks discussions of the function and composition of branches of local, state, and federal government, the electoral process, the responsibilities of residents in a democracy, media literacy skills, the critical role of diversity in the democratic process, and knowledge about ways in which civic participation has been restricted throughout history; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Massachusetts is one of only eight states that does not require civics education; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Civic education, history, and general awareness is more critical now than ever, as involvement in all levels of government from all people must be encouraged and enhanced; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Council go on record supporting S. 2306, “An Act to promote and enhance civic engagement”; and be it further


 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this order to the Cambridge State Delegation and the Cambridge School Committee through Mayor McGovern on behalf of the entire City Council.

 

Meeting History

Mar 19, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft

ROLL CALL VOTE 8-0-1

RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED