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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: March 2, 1999

High School Students to Quiz Top Education Officials

Ten high school students from around the state will quiz state officials about secondary school reform at a student-run press conference, 10 a.m. March 4 in room 1190 of the Capitol Building.

The officials will include Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, state Secretary of Education Gary Hart and Assemblyman Bill Campbell (R-Villa Park). They will answer questions for about an hour.

Student participants will be Grace Pak and Stephanie Williamson of Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, John Estrada of Puente Hills High School in La Puente, Alexis Johansing of Hayfork High School, Matt Cohen of Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, Connie Lin and Brett Howell of Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, Selin Stepanian of Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, Jatin Dua of John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, and Christopher Hsu of Upland High School. Thousands of other students will either watch the press conference on the California Channel or view it on videotape later.

The session will be open to the public, though only the students will be allowed to ask questions.

The students were chosen in an essay contest sponsored by the LegiSchool Project, an educational project of CSUS and the State Legislature. Each student wrote about an education reform he or she thinks should be implemented.

The press conference will be the first in a series of events in LegiSchool's day-long Annual Student Journalism Summit.

LegiSchool's mission is to promote dialogue, critical thinking and participation in government among high school students. More information is available by contacting the Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906 or the public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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