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Monday roundup

Here’s a roundup of some recent news bits, events, and articles that we found interesting. We hope it gets your week started off right:


What’s happening in the citizenship world?

We’ve not had a roundup of news bits from the citizenship world in a while, so here are some recent items that we found interesting:

  • According to the Pew Research Center, youth engagement with politics is down, compared to this time in the 2008 presidential election cycle.
  • The good news, though, is in the “Power of the Ask”.
  • In September, the Library of Congress unveiled the new Congress.gov, to replace the old THOMAS database.
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Friday roundup

  • Writing in the spring issue of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Yale law professor Heather K. Gerken argues that liberals should take a more favorable view of federalism, if simply because a more decentralized system would provide a greater voice on the local level to minorities and political dissenters.
  • The Sunlight Foundation announced earlier this month that its Open States Project now has information available for all 50 states, plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, making it the “first and only completely open, completely free resource for accessing legislative information in a uniform format across all 50 states.” Check it out here.
  • Missed Common Core’s Truant From School: History, Science and Art event last  week? Read the event highlights here.
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    Citizenship and civic education in the news

    A round-up of citizenship and civic education happenings:

    • The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) has released a new report: “The Engaged Citizen Index: Examining the Racial and Ethnic Civic and Political Engagement of Young Adults.”
    • Need an example of bad citizenship? Slate’s Joel Warner writes about his effort to use jury-selection science to get out of jury duty.
    • Yesterday, the House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy held a hearing on H.R. 2268, which proposes “to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that Washington’s Birthday be observed on February 22 [the day of his actual birth], rather than the third Monday in February, of each year.”
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