It is extremely rewarding to work for an association that represents schools teaching our kids in meaningful, relevant ways. We hear examples of this all the time but found this latest story from Tri-State Christian School in Dubuque particularly awesome!
In 11th/12th grade U.S. Government class, students learned about the lawmaking process in detail. Students put their learning into action by participating in a Mock Congress: as Senators and Representatives. They wrote bills related to their school, presented them, worked through committees, debated them on the floor, and voted. After working through both chambers, several bills were presented to President [Principal] Rush for her signature or veto. She signed five measures into law, which they will be implementing at their school!
The IACS team is particularly impressed with the student legislature passing a bill to repaint lines in the secondary parking lot and allowing high school athletes to leave class 15 minutes early (amended down from 20) to get ready when heading out to away games. We also want to give kudos to the student(s) who amended a previously vetoed bill to another bill set to pass. It may have been amended out but he/she gets points for trying…
Elementary classes also got to come visit and do some lobbying! What a great way to introduce students of all ages to the public policy process and encourage interaction between elementary and secondary students! Well done, Tri-State Christian!