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Two national organizations have launched a two-year project to develop and implement a curricular framework for the study of civics in the schools.

Funded by a $1-million grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the project will define the skills and knowledge necessary for "preparation for the office of citizen," said Diane U. Eisenberg, co-director of the project.

Ms. Eisenberg is the executive director of the Council for the Advancement of Citizenship, a Washington-based coalition of education organizations, which is launching the program along with the Center for Civic Education.

The center, based in Calabasas, Calif., will develop a K-12 framework during the next year, Ms. Eisenberg said. Meanwhile, she noted, a national review council will assess the proposal and enlist support for its implementation. The review panel will be chaired by Ernest L. Boyer, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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