January 22, 2008

High school students balance state’s budget at Town Hall meeting

High school students from throughout California will come together from 1-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the State Capitol for LegiSchool’s Town Hall Meeting to fully understand the budget process and Californians’ role in the process.

The town hall meeting, entitled, “Understanding California’s Budget with Next 10’s Budget Challenge,” will challenge students to set priorities for the state’s future by creating a budget that reflects their values and vision while learning more about the process that makes our state budget possible. The forum, coordinated in partnership with the independent, nonpartisan organization Next 10, is designed to educate students about the role of citizens in a representative democracy.

During the meeting, students will use the “Budget Challenge” Internet tool, designed by Next 10, to cast their votes on how much to spend on the environment, education, health care, prisons and other state programs – and how to pay for them.

The program will be televised through the California Channel. Audience participants will include students from Global Youth Charter High School in Antelope, Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento, and Rialto High School.

The LegiSchool Project is a nonpartisan civic education collaboration between Sacramento State and the state Legislature, administered by the Center for California Studies. The project's mission is to engage young people in the democratic process by creating opportunities for students and state leaders to meet and share ideas on public policy issues affecting Californians and the nation.

For more information on Next 10’s Budget Challenge, visit www.next10.org. For information about the LegiSchool Project or this meeting, visit www.csus.edu/legischool/current/calendar.html or call (916) 278-6906. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.