The CEO of the Joe Foss Institute, Frank Riggs, thanked Governor Ducey after a ceremonial bill signing of the American Civics Act. 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.
“This is a proud day for Arizonans as we lead the nation in our efforts to ensure effective civics education for our high school students. I hope this bipartisan passage of the Civics Education Initiative shows the way for the rest of the states to adopt similar legislation.”
“It only makes sense that we require our own citizens to have the same understanding of our government’s history and workings as those who must pass the U.S. citizenship exam in order to become U.S. citizens,” said Frank Riggs, president and CEO of the Joe Foss Institute, the Arizona-based nonprofit that is leading the Civics Education Initiative.
Frank Riggs, who joined the Joe Foss Institute as president and CEO in January, is a 13-year resident of Scottsdale and a former three-term U.S. Congressman from Northern California. He is also an Army veteran, former police officer, and served as president and CEO of the national non-profit Charter Schools Development Corporation for eight years.
JFI is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to closing the civics education gap in America and preparing our youth for informed, engaged citizenship. It is the enduring vision and legacy of the late Joe Foss, WW II Marine Corps combat “Ace” and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, who founded JFI in 2001 with his wife, Didi Foss. Since then, JFI has served 1.5 million students nationally through its programs, including the Veterans Inspiring Patriotism (VIP) program that recruits and trains veterans to make classroom presentations in elementary and secondary schools and deliver educational materials including the U.S. flag and copies of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights.