The Florida College System Civics Literacy Initiative
Florida College System Council of Presidents has acknowledged that the decline of Civics Education and public engagement in the nation’s democratic process represents a national crisis that literally imperils the future of our nation. Not only that, they recognize research that shows there is a link between academic performance and civic engagement. Closing the Civics Education gap can be a win for both the country and for FCS. In April 2013 and October 2015, collaborative workshops were held at St. Petersburg College for key stakeholders to identify strategies for “Closing the Gap” and “Raising the Bar” in Civics Education.
The Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at SPC, as a Legislature–designated statewide policy center, is the key facilitator of this initiative. Partners include the Florida Department of Education Office of Student and Academic Success, the Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida; the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government at the University of Central Florida; the Education Commission of the States, and the Florida College System Council of Presidents.
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