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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…

2007 Attorney General opinion on school transportation,

Robert McDonnell

In this public letter, Attorney General Robert McDonnell responds to a state delegate asking a legal question about school transportation. The delegate requested legal advice about whether or not a school could charge a fee to transport students to…

U.S. Census Educational Resources,

U.S. Census Bureau

This website from the U.S. Census Bureau has a series of educational materials related to use of the U.S. Census, including maps, community involvement, and data (in pdf format). There are also lesson plans for each section (in ASCII format) that offer guides on how to use these materials in the classroom. State Facts also offers a page on Virginia with more unusual data, such as the number of amusement parks. This website offers a window into how the Census works, and gives ideas on how that data might be used in government decision-making processes.

Capitol Classroom: Just for Teachers,

Virginia General Assembly

Capitol Classroom’s “Just for Teachers’ section offers lesson plans related to the Legislative branch, Capitol building, and civics education in general. An important lesson plan is the “Impact of Government on the Individual,” which can help users think about how government affects their everyday lives. The website also includes a list of key terms and their definitions— everything from George Washington to the House of Delegates mace.

Congress.org,

Roll Call, Capitol Advantage

Congress.org offers headlines of current bills in the US Congress, as well as a public forum for constituents to discuss those issues. Users can search many features of the website by state. One interesting feature is a list of letters from Virginia constituents to elected officials submitted through Congress.org. Another is contact information for local officials in Virginia. This website is a gateway to find out what’s happening in government, find out what other people are saying about it, and send your own message to the people who represent you in government.

Justice Learning: Lesson Plans for Current Issues,

NPR's Justice Talking and The New York Times Learning Network

Justice Learning provides lesson plans and classroom activities on a wide range of issues. Each issue challenges students to think about complex issues, such as free speech in classrooms. Some exercises encourage students to deal with more difficult issues, such as cross burning and free speech or capital punishment and juvenile offenders. Each issue challenges one to think within a national, state, local, or classroom context. At the end of each lesson plan, there is a list of “Other Information on the Web.” Researchers on any topics covered on the website may find these links a good jumping-off point for their studies.

Governor Kaine's Inaugural Address,

Timothy M. Kaine

Governor Timonth M. Kaine gave his inaugural address in Williamsburg, VA on January 14, 2006. He spoke of his goals of affirming the "values of courage, opportunity and community," and outlined key policy issues for his term. Kaine also evoked the…

Governor Tim Kaine's Prepared Remarks: Plan to Address Shortfall,

Timothy M. Kaine

In response to economic problems, Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine issued the state's official revenue forecast. Due to the economic recession, the state received less money from taxes, the federal government, and other sources. The state…

State of the Commonwealth Address, 2008,

Timothy Kaine

Each year, Virginia's governor issues a "State of the Commonwealth" address that is similar to the President's "State of the Union" address. In his 2008 speech, Governor Timothy Kaine outlines important projects, legislation, and growth opportunities…