Slated to “kick off” the third week of every September and run throughout the school year, America’s Legislators Back to School Program gives elected officials in all 50 states the opportunity to meet personally with their young constituents and to answer questions, share ideas, listen to concerns and impart a greater understanding of the legislative processes necessary for developing effective public policy and engaged citizens.
UTAH IS SECOND IN THE COUNTRY WITH 88% OF LEGISLATORS VISITING SCHOOLS IN THEIR DISTRICTS DURING THE 2007-2008 SCHOOL YEAR. Massachusetts is first with 92%, California is third with 77%, Virginia is fourth with 64%, and Nebraska is fifth with 57%.
Congratulations to our 104 legislators and to Shelley Day in the Office of Legislative Research & General Counsel who coordinates the program for the Utah Legislature.
Sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the program is designed to teach young people–the nation’s future voters and leaders–what it’s like to be a state legislator: the processes, the pressures, and the debate, negotiation and compromise that are the very fabric of representative democracy. The program is emphasized as a bipartisan event. Legislators of both political parties are urged to participate in this national event and help bring civics to life for young people.