Governor Signs Bill Requiring Civics Education

Legislation that calls for a new emphasis on civics education in Tennessee was among bills signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam this week. House Bill 2114, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brooks, R-Cleveland, requires civics education to be included in the public school curriculum assessed by local educational agencies. The legislation drew praise from retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’ Connor, who wrote the sponsors of the law last week, saying, “This important legislation will help make sure that every Tennessee student receives the civil learning that is so vital to their becoming an informed and engaged citizen.” The Chattanoogan.com reports