American Civics Act

Governor's Office

June 8, 2018

"These are our children, and not long from now, it will be for them to vote on who sits in your chairs and who stands at this podium. How can we expect them to protect the principles on which this country was founded if we are not preparing them for that task right now?"

— Governor Ducey’s Inaugural State of the State Address, January 2015

On January 16, 2015, Governor Doug Ducey signed the American Civics Act, to help ensure all Arizona students understand basic American civics. The American Civics Act requires that all Arizona students pass a basic civics test before graduating from high school. It was the first bill Governor Ducey signed, making Arizona the first state in the country to enact such a law.

The Act was championed by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female to serve on the United States Supreme Court and the first female Majority Leader of a state senate during her time at the Arizona State Legislature. Upon signing the legislation, the governor referred to what Justice O’Connor has called "the quiet crisis in education," emphasizing the need for children to be properly educated about the history and founding principles of our nation.

To learn more about the American Civics Act, view the governor’s presentation to the National Governor’s Association below.