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Improving Civics in OK Schools

Filed by Michael Cross in Education, Feature, Local News, News.
September 30, 2011

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The Oklahoma Bar Association is taking steps to improve civic competency in students across the state.

The Bar Association is hoping to bring a Florida-based Justice Teaching Program to Oklahoma in an attempt to help kids who aren’t educated well enough in how government works.

Florida Supreme Court Justice R- Fred Lewis began the program in the Sunshine State where students would learn from professionals in the judicial system.

“The lawyers and judges will go into the schools and supplement their civic education with interactive programs that are preplanned from the internet that are matched with our state standards.”

Currently in Florida, 4,500 volunteer attorneys and judges donate at least two hours a month to the program which started in 2006.

A national report card showed only 64% of 12th grade students performed at or above the basic level in civic competency.

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