Teachers; those seeking renewal of license to complete study of civics education. (SB1480)

Introduced By

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Teacher training; civics education.  Clarifies the requirement that any teacher seeking renewal of a license with an endorsement in middle education 6-8 complete study of the structures, function, and powers of state and local government of Virginia and the importance of citizen participation in the political process in state and local government of Virginia only if such endorsement has a concentration in history and social sciences. Also, the bill provides that the requirement shall also apply to a holder of a previous version of an elementary, middle school, or secondary license and who is renewing such license, if such teacher's responsibilities include the teaching of social studies and/or history, civics, geography or economics. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/25/2011Unanimous consent to introduce
01/25/2011Presented and ordered printed 11104437D
01/25/2011Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/03/2011Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Carol Lindstrom writes:

30 years ago, I was required to take a course in Civics. Most of it was forgotten. Today, we have television and internet resources that were not available back then. It has become far easier for citizens to participate in government.
We need to make sure that a good education and understanding of the process opens the doorway for citizens to be more actively engaged in government. I hope this goes through without difficulty and quickly!
Today's youth are tomorrow's leaders.