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The Crossroads of Civic Engagement

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CIVIC HEALTH INDEX: With some of the nation’s most restrictive voting laws, Indiana’s turnout dips even lower in national ranks

In a news conference releasing the 2021 index, Chuck Dunlap (above, top left), president of the Indiana Bar Foundation, mentioned how civic education is important for improvement of the state’s civic health. “The time spent in schools teaching civics is just not adequate,” Dunlap said. “It’s been steadily decreasing over the years as well.” The 2019 report recommended creating a civic education task force to improve instruction for Hoosiers, a step which the state has taken in the two years since. In 2021, the Indiana General Assembly enacted a new law making civics education a required class in Indiana middle schools and creating a 15-member Indiana Civic Education Commission to determine and oversee curriculum.