Geography has long been recognized as a “core academic subject” in federal education legislation. However, unlike all the other core academic subjects, including history, civics, economics, foreign languages and the arts, there is no dedicated federal funding stream to advance geography education. As a result, our nation is facing a crisis in geographic literacy that is jeopardizing our global competitiveness, our position of diplomatic leadership, and our ability to fill and retain over 500,000 high-wage jobs in geospatial technology in the next decade.
The Teaching Geography Is Fundamental Act (TGIF), Senate Bill 370 and House Resolution 822, is federal legislation which would authorize grants to universities and nonprofit organizations for programs to expand geographic literacy among American students and improve the teaching of geography at the K-12 level.
TGIF authorizes $15 million per year for five years.