Manning supports bill requiring middle school students to take a civics education course

Last Updated on March 27, 2021 by Office of State Representative Ethan Manning

STATEHOUSE — Legislation to improve civic engagement among young Hoosiers is on its way to the governor’s desk, where it could soon be signed into law, according to State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver).

House Enrolled Act 1384, supported by Manning, would require students to take a semester-long civics education course in grades 6, 7 or 8. He said young Hoosiers usually take a government class during their senior year of high school, but this legislation is designed to reach students earlier.

“Many adults are unsure of who represents them at the state and federal levels, and how those positions differ,” Manning said. “Our goal is to reach students earlier so they understand how government works, and ultimately become more engaged and informed citizens.”

This legislation comes out of a recommendation from the Civics Education Task Force lead by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. House Enrolled Act 1384 is now eligible for action by the governor. For more information, visit iga.in.gov.

State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver) represents House District 23, which includes portions of Cass, Fulton and Miami counties.