LegiSchool Project, $55,000
The LegiSchool Project administered by the Center was developed in 1994 as an educational collaboration
between CSU Sacramento and the California state legislature. LegiSchool is an issues-oriented, civics
curriculum designed to engage students in discussions about genuine problems facing the state, encourage
critical thinking skills, and promote the knowledge necessary for effective citizenship. The mission of
LegiSchool is to promote citizenship in schools by creating opportunities for high school students to
participate in debates with state leaders concerning the problems affecting California citizens. By focusing on
issues that directly impact students, LegiSchool activities and study materials increase students’ interest.
LegiSchool curriculum material consists of a unique tape library and related materials. Each “package” in this
library contains videotaped footage of committee hearings, public testimony, and floor debates associated
with particular bills recently debated in the legislature, along with articles, press clippings, reports, and
editorials on matters related to the bills. Another element of the project is an ongoing series of interactive,
televised town hall meetings and press conferences in which state government officials and high school
students meet face-to-face to discuss current issues and legislation. These meeting are broadcast live from
the state capitol by the California Channel, which enables students and other interested citizens throughout
the state to participate in the discussion. Comprehensive study packets are available for classroom use before
and after each televised event.
Prior to fiscal year 1999/2000, the assembly and senate provided funding for the LegiSchool Project through
agreements with CSU Sacramento. In fiscal year 1999/2000, $125,000 was included in the CSU Sacramento budget for the LegiSchool Project, and in fiscal year 2000/01 funding was transferred to
the Center budget to cover direct and administrative costs of the project. In 2006/07, the Center requested
$125,000 for the LegiSchool Program supplies and services and salary for the director. However, in the 2007/08
budget year, the director’s salary was budgeted in the Center for California Studies category.