(BOSTON) – Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) joined her colleagues in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, July 25th to enact S.2631, An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement. This legislation is the result of years of advocacy and collaboration between a bipartisan collective of legislators in the House and Senate, and would implement a civics education curriculum in all Massachusetts public schools.

The legislation promotes a hands-on and experiential approach to fostering civic engagement. It incorporates project-based learning components, encourages the instruction of civic competencies – including news and media literacy – and provides extracurricular civic-participation opportunities.

“Students will learn the ways to become engaged in their communities, and hopefully their experience will inspire them to step forward as our future leaders,” said Representative Meschino. “Teaching the value of civic engagement is a critical part of maintaining a healthy democracy.”

The Governor has returned the bill with an amendment, which is currently being considered by the House and Senate.