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The Campaign to Promote Civic Education

I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion.
Thomas Jefferson (1820)

The Campaign to Promote Civic Education effort is a fifty-state campaign (including the District of Columbia) aimed at restoring the civic mission of our nation's schools by encouraging states and school districts to devote sustained and systematic attention to civic education from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The Center's Campaign to Promote Civic Education is affiliated with the Civic Mission of the Schools Campaign (CMS). The campaigns share the common goal of improving civic education policy and practice. For more information, please contact Mark Molli and John Hale.

Click here to find a state-by-state listing of
the Campaign to Promote Civic Education facilitators in each state and the District of Columbia.

The Campaign to Promote Civic Education recognizes challenges and opportunities facing civic education in the 21st Century. Please visit the Campaign Overview to learn more about the vital importance of civic literacy, to understand the history of the Campaign, and to find out how your voice can improve civic education and engagement in the United States.

The Campaign will provide resources including research; studies; reports; papers; legislation, including the recent U.S. Senate resolution; agendas; and other tools designed to assist state facilitators and concerned citizens in promoting civic education in each state. The Center has also made available Proposed Requirements for Instruction in Civics and Government.

State Campaigns
The Campaign to Promote Civic Education is a network of fifty-one state campaigns working to make civic learning a priority in their states and local districts.


From 2003-2006, the Center for Civic Education, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the Center on Congress at Indiana University conducted four annual Congressional Conferences on Civic Education.
The Campaign to Promote Civic Education is now assisting state and local leaders as they work to improve civic education at the state and local levels.

The Campaign is working with organizations dedicated to promoting civic literacy in each state and the District of Columbia.


For questions or comments regarding the campaign, please contact Mark Molli and John Hale.

Thank you to the individuals and institutions who support the Campaign. To ensure that our nation's children have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to be informed and participatory citizens, please consider giving to the Center for Civic Education.

For more information about the National Campaign to Promote Civic Education, please contact Mark Molli,, and John Hale,