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KNOXVILLE –- The University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and political science department are trying to determine how and when civic education is taught in the state’s elementary, middle and high schools.

The Tennessee Commission on Civic Education — headed by state Sen. Rosalind Kurita and comprised of education and business leaders, legislators and community organizations, including the Baker Center — asked UT to create and distribute the survey.

The survey was sent to principals and superintendents with a request to have them and their teachers fill it out. Teachers also can access the survey at www.bakercenter.utk.edu. It takes five to 10 minutes to complete.

Surveys should be returned by Sept. 17, but late surveys will be accepted to encourage the highest return.

So far, more than 400 surveys have been returned from around 1,700 schools.

A final report of the results is anticipated by Nov. 1, and will be posted on the Baker Center Web site.


Nissa Dahlin-Brown, (865) 974-0931, Nissa@utk.edu
Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034, amy.blakely@tennessee.edu