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Utah Commission for Civic

"In a republic what species of knowledge can be equally important and what duty more pressing on its legislature than to patronize a plan for communicating the education of our youth in the science of the government to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the Country?"

George Washington

Welcome to the website of The Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education.

Utah Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox

Spencer J. Cox,
Lt. Governor State of Utah

Commission Embarks on Year-Long Commemoration of the Gettysburg Address

Abraham LincolnThe Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education has joined with GettyReady to engage students, parents and community members in a year-long commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. GettyReady, a Utah non-profit, will be launching this initiative on Constitution Day (September 17th) with a press conference in Richfield, Utah, hosted by Governor Gary Herbert and Lt. Governor Greg Bell. American Ride's Stan Ellsworth will also be on hand to visit with the students about Abraham Lincoln and the historical context of the Gettysburg Address.

During this year-long commemoration, students and community members will be asked to memorize the Gettysburg Address and then apply the larger values and lessons from the Gettysburg Address to modern life. For more information about this exciting Commission partnership visit

2013 District and Charter Annual Reports Due

Reports on how districts and charters are integrating civic and character education into the curriculum are due to the Lt. Governor's office by December 30th. Sample district reports are available below. Reports can be submitted electronically to

Cache School District Canyons School District Juab School District Salt Lake School District

2013-14 Mini-Grant Applications Posted

Applications are now being accepted for projects which provide students hands-on experiences through field trips to the State Capitol, Matheson Courthouse, This is the Place State Heritage Park, or Junior Achievement (SLC). (Tours of the State Courts are an alternative for those not on the Wasatch Front.) Commission grants will focus solely on these field trips through the remainder of the 2013-14 school year (through May 2014).

Requests should be emailed by the 5th of each month, and grant decisions will be made by the last working day of the month. Click here for more information on funding guidelines, and to obtain application details.
Click here for more information on funding guidelines, and to obtain application details.


2012 Civic and Character Education Symposium Awards

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