New school Civics law in effect
September 5, 2019
Changes to the way Nebraska students learn about civics went into effect Sept. 1, revamping a law which originally entered the books in 1949.
A school board's committee on Americanism is now known as the committee on American civics, thanks to passage of Legislative Bill 399, introduced by Sen. Julie Slama, of Peru.
The bill requires two committee meetings per calendar year, where public testimony can be entered into the record for each district.
Slama, who did not respond to a SAM request for an interview, compromised on the bill, with schools choosing one of three options for student demo...