Wisconsin Civics Education Policy

AB898: A bill to require civics for graduation

Wisconsin does not require students to take a civics or government class for high school graduation. 

In late 2023 AB 898 was introduced in the Wisconsin Assembly.  This will would require Wisconsins students to take one semester of Civics for graduation.  It also stipulates certain concepts that should be included in the course, and requires the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to create a model curriculum.  

Bill Status:

The bill passed by a voice vote in the Assembly in February 2024.   The bill was assigned to the Senate Education Committee, but did not receive a hearing before the session ended.  

Assembly Committee on Education

On January 17th, 2024 the   Assembly Committee on Education held a public hearing on AB 898.

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