civ·​ics | \ˈsi-viks \

Definition of civics 

: a social science dealing with the rights and duties of citizens

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Application fees run about $700, and there's a civics test. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "How these new U.S. citizens see immigration reform," 20 June 2018 Both versions of the legislation call for creating a new high school voter registration challenge, teacher training opportunities, and a civics project competition. Jamie Halper,, "Lawmakers consider new civics requirements for students," 21 June 2018 Boston Lawmakers pass bill to require civics classes The Massachusetts House has approved legislation to encourage civics education in public schools, but without a graduation requirement included in the Senate version of the bill., "New England news in brief," 30 May 2018 Meiris had won a $100,000, five-year grant from the National Constitution Center for a civics program and told students to choose what to do with $2,500. Michaelle Bond,, "WiFi? Street repairs? Parks? Cities let residents choose how to spend their tax dollars," 14 May 2018 Trump’s latest courtroom defeat offers yet another civics lesson about checks and balances for the first president in American history who lacks any prior governing or military experience. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Republican judges warn of ‘tyranny’ as they block Trump on ‘sanctuary cities’," 20 Apr. 2018 Advocating for voter registration education in the 10th and 11th grades through the U.S. and world history courses, not waiting until 12th grade, when it is discussed during Advanced Placement government and civics classes. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Protesting students at Del Norte High advocate for school safety," 20 Apr. 2018 This could range from from teaching a civics class to talking forensics in a science class. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "How many police officers already are on Phoenix-area school campuses?," 18 Apr. 2018 As a Fairfax County teacher of history, civics and economics, Reilly welcomed the Standards of Learning tests that raised the level of instruction in the 1990s. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "Jay Mathews: In Virginia, history testing for most students is a thing of the past," 1 Apr. 2018

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1885, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of civics

: the study of the rights and duties of citizens and of how government works


civ·​ics | \ˈsi-viks \

Kids Definition of civics

: the study of the rights and duties of citizens and of how government works

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