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UIS awards public policy grants to 23 Illinois high schools
October 30, 2003
SPRINGFIELD - The University of Illinois at Springfield's Public Policy High School Initiatives program has awarded Public Policy Classroom Grant Awards for the 2003-2004 school year to 23 secondary schools across the state.
Under this program, students and teacher teams, under the direction of a lead teacher, research public policy issues affecting their own community and determine the feasibility and resources for potential solutions. During the course of the project, students learn about local community government and their role as citizens, often creating working relationships with local and state officials in the process. Students and teachers will also have the opportunity to come to Springfield to meet with their state legislators, watch government in action on the floor of the House and Senate, and visit committee hearings and other sites of interest in Springfield related to governing Illinois.
The program is designed to help students become aware of issues facing their communities and the state, develop a better understanding of the public policymaking process and the roles of citizens, explore career interests that may include public service and government, strengthen research and technology skills, and develop potential solutions to current public policy issues that impact their home communities.
In mid-October lead teachers met in Springfield for a one-day conference on public policymaking to prepare themselves for integrating this standards-based curriculum into their classrooms during this school year.
at the following Illinois high schools are receiving Public Policy Classroom
Grant Awards for FY 2004:
All secondary schools in Illinois are eligible to apply for a Public Policy Classroom Grant for 2004-2005. For more information, contact project coordinator Peggy Dunn at (217) 206-7398.
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