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National Civics Education Initiative Takes Aim At State Legislatures

January 26, 2015

The Civics Education Initiative proposes that all high school students take and pass the 100-question US Citizenship Civics test, from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), the test that all new US immigrants must learn.  Several states have already passed legislation requiring students take the test.

The full 100-question US Citizenship Civics test is available here: http://uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Office%20of%20Citizenship/Citizenship%20Resource%20Center%20Site/Publications/100q.pdf

Update

Open States app available

September 11, 2014

Open States lets you stay on top of what's happening in your state capitol. Read bills being considered to become law and find out where they currently stand in the legislative process. Find out which politicians support or oppose specific bills and even who introduced legislation you’re interested in. Research legislators' voting histories and campaign contributions. Or read policy news affecting your state from Stateline.org, a product of the Pew Center on the States. The app will even help you identify who represents your community in your state’s legislature.

Click here to download app for iPhone or iPad. 

Press Release

Chiesman Center Launch & Lunch celebrates new website

July 16, 2014

Rapid City, SD – The Chiesman Center for Democracy is celebrating its newly designed website with a Launch & Lunch on July 22 from 11 am to 2 pm at the organization’s office in Rapid City. The Launch & Lunch will give the Chiesman Center’s partners and program participants, as well as anyone interested in civic education, a first look at the organization’s new site, www.chiesman.org.
“The Launch & Lunch on July 22nd provides us a chance to show our appreciation for our partners and supporters by giving them a quick lunch while showing off our new, enhanced, user-friendly website,” said Rob Timm, President/CEO of the Chiesman Center.
The new website will provide more resources for programs such as Rapid City Character Counts!, Kids Voting South Dakota and We the People. Additionally, information on the many services the Chiesman Center provides, such as evaluation, consulting, and policy analysis, will be more accessible. As the November General Election approaches, the site will feature information on voting and candidate forums across the state.
The Launch & Lunch will be held at the Chiesman Center for Democracy, 1641 Deadwood Avenue in Rapid City from 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesday, July 22. Everyone is invited to stop in for lunch, register to win a Kindle, and celebrate the website’s launch. The first 50 people in attendance will receive a pocket-sized US Constitution, donated by the South Dakota’s Congressional Delegation. For more information, contact Wes Brown at the Chiesman Center for Democracy, (605) 341-4311 or visit www.chiesman.org.

Article

Voting Center expansion in SD

July 02, 2014

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader looks into the new voting centers being set up around the state. 

Click here for the full story

Press Release

Chiesman Center for Democracy to host Launch & Lunch

June 26, 2014

Rapid City, SD – The Chiesman Center for Democracy invites the public to attend its Launch & Lunch on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 11 am to 2pm at the organization’s office in Rapid City. The Launch & Lunch is being held to celebrate the Chiesman Center’s redesigned website, www.chiesman.org. 
“This is a great opportunity for anyone to come and learn about our programs, ask the staff questions, and grab a quick lunch while checking out our new, enhanced website.  I think folks will quickly see how user-friendly the new site is now,” said Rob Timm, President/CEO of the Chiesman Center. 
The new website will provide more resources for programs such as Rapid City Character Counts!, Kids Voting South Dakota and We the People. Additionally, information on the many services the Chiesman Center provides, such as evaluation, consulting, and policy analysis, will be more accessible. As the November General Election approaches, the site will feature information on voting and candidate forums across the state.
The Launch & Lunch will be held at the Chiesman Center for Democracy, 1641 Deadwood Avenue in Rapid City from 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesday, July 22. Everyone is invited to stop in for lunch, register to win a Kindle, and celebrate the website’s launch. For more information, contact Wes Brown at the Chiesman Center for Democracy, (605) 341-4311 or visit www.chiesman.org.

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“I commend Kids Voting South Dakota...and thank the educators, school administrators and sponsors for their commitment to Kids Voting. It is important for young people to realize the importance of the voting process...and I challenge the young people to actively participate in the democratic process by voting, by encouraging their parents, grandparents and friends to vote, and by working for the candidates and on issues of their choice.”
Tim Johnson, Former US Senator
South Dakota

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