Legislative Updates

Social Studies not 'Left Behind' in Senate ESEA Bill

On April 7, U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray unveiled their long-anticipated compromise measure to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka NCLB or ESEA.) The social studies were not 'left behind' in the Senators' bill.


An Advocacy Victory in Ohio

Below is an update from the Ohio Council for the Social Studies.

"The Ohio Council for the Social Studies is celebrating an advocacy victory. Governor Kasich has signed the biennium budget and the Ohio Department of Education has confirmed that new Social Studies assessments will be administered to 4th and 6th grade students beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. These assessments will be electronic, grade-level specific and be aligned to Ohio’s New Learning Standards for the Social Studies.


Legislative Action Alert

It is time to contact your Members of Congress asking them to support social studies education by including funding for civic learning and history in their appropriations requests.

Attached you will find a sample letter that you can use.

You can find your Members of Congress at:

US House -- http://www.house.gov/representatives/

US Senate -- http://www.senate.gov/


Take Action! Social Studies Appropriations Update-June 2012

The United States Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to pass its funding bill for health and education programs for next year. Budget cuts forced difficult tradeoffs and even cuts to popular programs. However, it is disappointing that once again, the bill included no federal support for teaching history, civics, geography or economics.


Legislative Alert: Sandra Day O'Connor Act Needs Co-Sponsors

Please contact your member of the US House of Reps and urge that they support HR3464, the 'Sandra Day O'Connor Civic Learning Act!' More info at www.civicmissionofschools.org


3rd Grade Social Studies SOL Tests in Virginia

Below is a copy of the NCSS letter written to the Virginia House to help urge Virginia to continue their 3rd Grade Socials Studies and Science SOL assessments.

January 27, 2012

Honorable Mark L. Dudenhefer Chairman,
Committee on Education
Virginia House of Delegates

Dear Mr. Dudenhefer:


President's FY 2013 Budget Request

The Obama Administration's Fact Sheet on the FY2013 Budget, as well as a link to the briefing that took place on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at the US Department of Education is posted on the NCSS Connected Home page.

Please view Ana Post's blog below to visit these links.


Legislative Action Alert: January 20, 2012

For NCSS Members whose Congressional representatives are members of the House Education & the Workforce Committee:


A Window of Opportunity

Over the next few weeks, states around our nation can join Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Tennessee in submitting waivers to the requirements of the federal education law No Child Left Behind (NCLB).


Legislative Action Alert: October 14, 2011


Dear NCSS Members:

Earlier this week, Senate HELP Committee Chairman Harkin (IA) released his draft re-write of No Child Left Behind. We expect it to be voted on in committee on Tuesday, October 18th. We understa nd that there may be an opportunity to elevate the social studies in the legislation, but we have to act fast.

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