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A Letter from Executive Director Lawrence M. Paska, Ph.D.

Dear NCSS Community,

Recently, we became aware of a new bill introduced in the United States Senate, S.2024, the USA Civics Act of 2019. This bill was introduced by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and John Cornyn (R-TX). It is intended to update an American history and civics grant program under the Higher Education Act. Here are a few resources:

  • Senators Coons and Cornyn issued a press release summarizing the proposed legislation.
  • The complete bill text is found at

I am writing to urge you to contact the education aides of your U.S. Senators. Ask them to encourage your Senators to become co-sponsors of S.2024.

We are highly motivated that social studies education is gaining attention at the national level through the introduction of this new Senate bill. As NCSS continues to support all Affiliated Councils upon their request to support state advocacy efforts, we will also build our infrastructure to support national-level advocacy.

Thank you for your advocacy of social studies education.






Lawrence M. Paska, Ph.D.
Executive Director