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November 13, 2000

LegiSchool Holds Essay Contest on
High School Exit Exam

There's a chance to meet with state leaders for 10 high school juniors and seniors who write the best essays about California's new High School Exit Exam.

The essay contest is sponsored by the LegiSchool Project, a civic education collaboration between the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento and the State Legislature.

Winners will receive roundtrip travel to Sacramento on Thursday, March 22, to take part in LegiSchool's fifth annual Student Journalism Summit. The day will include participating in a student-run press conference with members of the State Legislature, lunch at the Capitol, tours of the Capitol and the Golden State Museum, and an afternoon roundtable discussion with local journalists.

Essays should evaluate the requirement that all students in public high school pass an exit exam in language arts and math to graduate, beginning in 2004. It should address the following: Is the exit exam a fair way to measure a student's abilities and knowledge? Why or why not? What are some of the concerns that might arise with this type of requirement?

Essays must be typed, double-spaced and 750 words or less.

Submissions should include the student's name, home address, phone number and name of high school. They must be postmarked by Jan. 15 and submitted to: CSUS, Center for California Studies, LegiSchool Essay Contest, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6081.

More information is available by contacting LegiSchool Project Coordinator Kolleen Ostgaard at (916) 278-6906.


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