House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) announced on Monday, June 11th, his appointment of Representative William Crocker (R-Centerville) to the conference committee on bills H.4545 and S.2375, An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement.
Representative Crocker appointed to Civics Education Bill Conference Committee
BOSTON - House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) announced on Monday, June 11th, his appointment of Representative William Crocker (R-Centerville) to the conference committee on bills H.4545 and S.2375, An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement.
The conference committee will meet to review the House and Senate versions of the bill and come up with a compromise piece of legislation, which will then be sent to the Governor’s desk for his signature. The major difference between the House and Senate bills is that the Senate’s version requires all public school students, beginning with the graduating class of 2022, to participate in two student-led civics projects in order for the student to graduate high school, while the House bill only requires that students have the opportunity to enroll in civic programs instead of mandating that students take civics classes. The House bill also creates a Civics Project Trust Fund to help pay for curriculum and professional development and establishes an annual high school voter challenge to promote voter registration and pre-registration at high schools.
This is Representative Crocker’s first conference committee appointment since being elected to the legislature in 2016. It is not usually custom to appoint freshmen legislators to conference committees but given Representative Crocker’s prior experience as a civics teacher, Minority Leader Jones felt that this would be a unique opportunity for Rep. Crocker to share his first-hand knowledge on the topic. “I am very excited to be part of this conference committee on the Civics Education Bill as I feel that an enhanced focus on civic instruction and involvement is much needed in our schools.” said Representative Crocker. “I believe that the lack of civics instruction has helped lead to a deficit of knowledge of how government works, from Washington to the local level, which in turn, helps generate some of the current anger and frustration among our citizens in regard to government and elected officials. Also, as a former civics teacher, I believe I can provide an experienced and informed perspective on how civics education and engagement could be incorporated into the classroom and enrich our educational system.”