January 29, 2002
Big backpacks: Teens tackle issue at State Capitol
High school students from throughout
the state will meet with state and local leaders to take on
the issue of backpack overload, from 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday,
Jan. 31 in the State Capitol room 126.
Increasingly heavy backpacks have spurned concern about possible
health risks. Last year, Gov. Gray Davis vetoed AB 1030, which
would have commissioned a study on the health risks of big
backpacks. The study also would have examined locker space
issues and alternatives to heavy textbooks.
The town hall meeting is sponsored by the LegiSchool Project
at California State University, Sacramento.
High school panelists and audience participants will include
students from Hiram Johnson and Rio Americano High Schools
in Sacramento, and San Marino High School in Southern California.
Thousands of other students will view the meeting on the California
Channel or on videotape.
Legislative panelists will include the author of AB 1030,
Rod Pacheco (R-Riverside). Sacramento City Unified School
District board member Manny Hernandez and a representative
from the Attorney General's office are also scheduled to participate.
CSUS education professor Paula Gardner will moderate.
The LegiSchool Project is an award-winning civic education
project of CSUS and the State Legislature, administered by
the Center for California Studies. The project's mission is
to engage young people in public policy and state government.
More information is available by contacting LegiSchool at
(916) 278-6906 or by visiting www.csus.edu/calst/legischool.htm.
Media assistance is available by contacting CSUS public affairs
at (916) 278-6156.
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