As part of a two-quarter long civics education course taught by Jennifer Muscolo, students scoured and read over 2,500 house and senate bills, finding ones that spoke to them – and, ones they felt passionate to speak about, as well. They will be discussing their opposition or support of various bills, coincidentally, on the epiphany of the 2016 new year.
The contenders for discussion during this Wednesday’s student-led forum with Senator Keiser include a wide variety of bills concerning educational funding, (HB 1001, HB 1031, and HB 1154), educational programs in schools (HB 1159, HB 1164, SB 5526, and SB 5688), procedures for suicide response (HB 1448), reducing criminal justice expenses (HB 1739), homeless youth prevention (HB 5404), animal cruelty rules (SB 5501), and more will discuss bills about homeless youth prevention (HB 5404), fantasy sports (SB 5284), or ones pertaining to alcohol or drug rules (HB 1004/SB 5001, or SB 5572).
The students are looking forward to talking to their District 33 representative, Senator Keiser, to voice their support for or opposition of these measures.
“It will be great to see our student’s hard work come to life and be seen in action with their representative on site,” said Jennifer Muscolo. “Though they are young, these students have a tremendous perspective that can impact the outcome of laws and their future.”
Pacific Middle School is located at 22705 24th Ave South in Des Moines.