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Debate over civics: Should it be required for graduation in Illinois?

For the first time in a decade, the state is preparing to add another requirement to the list of classes high school students must take to get their diplomas — a civics course — and it’s generating controversy, confusion and opposition.

Last weekend, the state Senate passed legislation to require students to take at least one semester of civics to graduate. This would be a stand-alone class — not just a section of a history or government course — and it would involve discussions of current events and controversial issues, community service, and simulations of the democratic process, such as reenacting a legislative session. Read more…

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