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Schraver calls for civics education

New York State Bar Association President David M. Schraver has asked Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to consider the critical need for civics education as he and the Legislature develop the state’s 2014-15 budget.

In a letter sent Wednesday, he noted a recent report by the association’s Committee on Law, Youth and Citizenship found civics education essential to perpetuating an active, informed and engaged citizenry.

“Comprehensive civics education in all grades is critical if we are to have a citizenry that understands the role and functioning of our government,” wrote Schraver (Nixon Peabody LLP). “We need future citizens who understand the institutions of constitutional democracy, including our system of law and justice. No institution in American society other than our schools can accomplish this civic mission, and the need is even greater today as we welcome new Americans to our land during an era of historic immigration levels.”

A copy of the letter is available at: www.nysba.org/civicseducationletter.