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Virginia Performs: Measuring What Matters to Virginians,

Commonwealth of Virginia

Virginia Performs is part of Virginia's open government initiative. The website includes information on Virginia's progress in areas such as health, education, and transportation. For example, users can find information on high school graduation rates in Virginia and surrounding states. The website also includes information on government initiatives to increase high school graduation rates. Questions to consider include: What is the role of state and local government? How are policy decisions implemented at a state and local level?

Virginia Ideas Forum,

Commonwealth of Virginia

The Virginia Ideas Forum offers a place for residents and citizens of Virginia to voice their suggestions and concerns to state officials. Other residents and citizens may comment and vote on these ideas. In addition, state officials offer responses on the forum. This website is an excellent place for individuals to become involved in government.

National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation,

National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation

The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation is an organization that fosters mutual understanding surrounding difficult issues, as well as logical fact-based decision making. The website includes conflict-resolution models, and ways to implement these in your own community. In addition, there are details about active modes of civic involvement throughout the country. NCDD does not seek to influence what people believe. Rather, they try to give people the tools to discuss difficult issues and engage issues in a civic forum.

Political Cartoonists Index,

Daryl Cagle and ClassBrain

This website offers five lesson plans and associated political cartoons every day. Such frequent updates ensure that each lesson plan covers the latest issues. By necessity, each lesson plan is fairly brief. It offers a brief overview of background on the political cartoon, a list of discussion questions, the state where the cartoon was published, and links to articles about the issue. The main page also offers a comprehensive index of political cartoonists, which includes the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Fredericksburg Freelance-Star, that visitors may want to use for research purposes or simply a quick laugh.

The Politics of Solid Waste Management ,

Joe LaRocco

Virginians produce over 9.5 million tons of solid wastes every year. Solid waste management is a classic study of federalism. Federal, state, and local laws and ordinances have a multitude of requirements that apply to the disposal of solid wastes.…

How Are Land Use Decisions Made?,

Charlie Grymes

Participating in land-use decisions made by one's local government, after learning the rules of the process, challenges the stereotype that residents affected by land-use changes are victims of uncontrollable circumstances. Working with a county's…

Student Lobbying,

Melanie Biermann, Teacher Education Accreditation Council and Jim Dillard, former member of the Virginia House of Delegates

Petitioning the Virginia General Assembly, a group of high school students was successful in getting legislation passed that requires the use of restraint devices in vehicles for all children under four years old. This case study will assist you and…

Why Does Global Health Matter to Virginia?,

In today's increasingly globalized world, what happens in India or China can affect trade or travel in Virginia. What are some ways that you interact with the rest of the world on a day-to-day basis? Where do your food and clothes come from? What is…