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NO. R-55. JOINT RESOLUTION RELATING TO EXTOLLING THE IMPORTANCE OF CIVIC EDUCATION IN A REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY.

(J.R.S. 26)

Offered by: Committee on Government Operations.

Whereas, public confidence and trust in government institutions and political leaders are critical to the survival of our republic, and

Whereas, negative public attitudes result when there is a lack of understanding of the fundamental principles and operations of representative democracy, and

Whereas, balanced information and effective education regarding the basic tenets of representative democracy would serve to bolster public awareness of the institutions and processes of government, and

Whereas, state legislatures bear a special responsibility to foster public trust in the institutions of representative democracy, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the importance of dispelling the public's distrust and growing cynicism toward government, and be it further

Resolved: That the members of the General Assembly view effective civic education as a key to restoring public support for the institutions and processes of representative democracy, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly urges Vermont's educational community to address these needs by taking the lead in providing effective civic education regarding the principles, institutions and operations of democracy.