Senators want to boost education of American civics

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A pair of senators wants civics education to play more of a role in school curriculums across the country.

Maine independent Sen. Angus King and Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe are introducing the Constitution Education Is Valuable In Community Schools, or CIVICS, Act. They say the legislation would piggyback on the American History and Civics Education program, which created grants for schools and other organizations to improve the quality of American history and other subjects.

The senators say schools who receive the grants are not required to teach the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, and the CIVICS Act would require recipients of the grants to teach the Constitution.

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