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Karrin Taylor Robson Greets 241 Arizona Students Ahead of Trip to Washington, D.C., for Civics Education

 Taylor Robson joins Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill and Governor Doug Ducey for send-off event in Phoenix

June 22, 2022

Today, Karrin Taylor Robson, Republican candidate for Arizona Governor, joined the Arizona Cardinals Football Club and Governor Doug Ducey at a special send-off event in Phoenix for 241 high school students and 30 chaperone teachers from across the state as they prepared to depart for an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., as part of the “Civics Matters Arizona” program.

Taylor Robson has long been a vocal advocate for the teaching of American Civics. She served as chairwoman of the Joe Foss Institute, an organization that led the effort in Arizona to pass the American Civics Act, which requires high school students to pass a citizenship test before graduation. The American Civics Act was the first bill signed by Governor Ducey after he became Governor, and Arizona was the first state in the nation to pass such a law. Today, 33 states have passed similar laws.

“I have fought for the expansion of American Civics education because our future generations must understand the proud history of the United States in order to fully appreciate the exceptional nature of this country,” Taylor Robson said. “I am honored to be a part of today’s event alongside Michael Bidwill and Governor Ducey, and I’m so excited for these young men and women to have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in our nation’s capital.”

The students – who are entering grades 9-12 – represent 46 Arizona schools, 20 school districts, 11 cities and four counties. They will attend multiple workshops while also touring historical landmarks such as Arlington National Cemetery, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Capitol Hill, and the Smithsonian National Museum as well as memorials honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Students taking part in the trip were selected after submitting a 500-word essay about community and civic involvement, young people who have made a difference, or how to build “a more perfect union.” The criteria was created in collaboration with Governor Ducey.

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