SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – A new law sponsored by state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, to strengthen civics education in middle school classrooms across the state recently took effect.
“We are living through an extremely unique time in history as we are facing a pandemic, a historic economic recession and a growing civil rights movement,” said Mussman. “Young people are severely underrepresented in all levels of government, so now more than ever, as we are witnessing history in the making, it is critical that students are taught about the democratic processes that shape the world around us and how to stand up for their beliefs.”
Mussman sponsored House Bill 2265, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. The measure which took effect earlier this month will require public schools to teach a civics class that covers material about government, democracy and social issues to students while they are in sixth, seventh or eighth grade.
“Codifying an enhanced civics curriculum will help properly educate students and equip them to be engaged citizens as they grow into the future leaders of our communities, state and country,” said Mussman. “I look forward to seeing the impact this new law has on our local students because it is essential we begin teaching young people about these important issues at an earlier age.”
Mussman represents the 56th District, which contains portions of Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Roselle, Rolling Meadows and Palatine.