Enough of legislators being called Congressman So-and-So, says Rep. Charles McBurney, R-Jacksonville. Let's teach Florida's youth about government and its history by requiring civics class for all middle school students.
McBurney's stalled efforts were resurrected Thursday when the requirement was tucked into two bills that passed the House. It would apply to all middle school students beginning with those entering grade 6 in the year 2011-12.
It's been a long road for McBurney, who has pushed the measure since shortly after 8 a.m. Nov. 19, 2008, the first day bills could be filed for the 2009 session.
After it was postponed at committee last month, he talked up the effort, got a timely endorsement from former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, renamed it the Sandra Day O’Connor Civic Education Act and reintroduced it Thursday as an amendment on two bills.
“I would have put it on a transportation bill if I thought it could help,” he said, expressing reasonable hope that the Senate would adopt the measure, too.