Associated Press Release
By KATE BRUMBACK
ATLANTA (AP) -- Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor urged state lawmakers to help improve civics education in their states' schools.
O'Connor spoke Monday in Atlanta at an annual gathering of state lawmakers from around the country organized by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
O'Connor says the increasing politicization of the country's courts is a problem and better civics education can help reverse that trend.
To help get young people interested in civics, O'Connor says she created a website featuring lesson plans for teachers and online games students can play to learn about democracy and governance.
O'Connor was the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. She was appointed in 1981 by then President Ronald Reagan and retired from the high court in 2006.