LegiSchool Town Hall Meetings
October 28, 2014: The 2014 Elections, CSU Sacramento
In 1971, Congress ratified the 26th Amendment, lowering the federal voting age from 21 to 18. The amendment was the quickest ever ratified, illustrating this nation's enthusiasm for giving young people a voice. At this interactive town hall, students will have their voice heard as they learn about the candidates and the issues, and participate in their own mock election. Can't attend the meeting? Our curriculum guide may still be a useful tool for teaching about elections in your classroom. **LegiSchool is a non-partisan civic education initiative. We promote civic discourse around the elections, but we do not endorse any individual candidates or ballot measures.
December 5, 2014: High-Speed Rail, CSU Fresno
By 2029, California aims to have a high-speed rail system that will run from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours. Supporters of the multi-billion dollar "bullet train" envision it as a legacy transportation project that will create jobs, bolster economic activity, lower carbon emissions and connect two major cities in California through the Central Valley. Critics take issue with the cost and loss of farmland, and cite concerns that the train will not be fast enough, nor convenient enough, to be useful. Amidst this controversy, the project is moving forward with the first phase of construction occurring in the Central Valley. LegiSchool invites students from this region to attend our High-Speed Rail Summit. Come learn more about the issue, talk to the experts and form your own opinion on the "bullet train".
February 4, 2015: The Future of Corrections in California, State Capitol, Sacramento
California's growing prison population was declared a crisis in 2006, when the state prisons were at 200% capacity. Since then, California has made huge policy changes in an effort to reduce prison populations. In spite of these efforts, prisons remain overcrowded. In fact, there are still about 117,000 inmates in state correctional facilities that were built to accommodate just 80,000 people. Policymakers have many ideas about how the state should address this pressing policy issue. LegiSchool wants to hear from you. What solutions do you want to see in place? What does the future of corrections in California look like to you?
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State Government for Beginners
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