White House Exploring Civic Education

A federal working group is exploring ways to beef up civic education in public schools.

by / May 13, 2002
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- Bush administration officials are exploring ways to use the public's strong patriotic response to the Sept. 11 attacks to promote the teaching of civics and the obligation of citizenship in American classrooms, a U.S. official said Saturday.

A working group from several Cabinet departments and federal agencies is looking for "resources and options" to support civics education in the public schools, said Lindsey Kozberg, communications director for the USA Freedom Corps.

The coordinating agency she heads was created after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon to help create opportunities for Americans wishing to express their patriotism through public service.

Kozberg said there is no timetable for the interagency working group to conclude its examination of the issue. She said the general emphasis of its work and that of the USA Freedom Corps is "to help students and all Americans understand the freedoms we are fighting so hard to protect."

"The vision of all our efforts is to create a culture of service and citizenship and responsibility," she said.

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