Amy Maddox’s We the People class at Vestavia Hills High School in Alabama received a visit recently from U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, who spent about an hour with the students discussing the Constitution and answering questions about constitutional law and working in Congress. “I’m proud of what you’re doing,” said Sessions. “Any of you could be a governor or president or a senator. All of you are smart enough to do that.” The class finished fifth in the nation at the recent We the People National Finals.
Grant High School from Portland, Oregon, placed first in the 28th Annual We the People National Finals. Maggie L. Walker Governor's School from Richmond, Virginia, finished second, with Douglas S. Freeman High School of Henrico, Virginia, placing third. You can find the full results here and on our Facebook page, and share your enthusiasm using hashtag #WTPFinals.
The U.S. Senate recently passed Senate Resolution 150 by unanimous consent. The resolution expresses the sense of the Senate about the importance of effective civic and government education programs in schools in the United States. It was sponsored by Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa and Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland. The resolution coincides with the Center’s We the People National Finals, one of the most prominent civic education events in the United States.
A new, fourth edition of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution high school text will be released this August. The acclaimed civics and government textbook will feature updated text, images, exercises, and Supreme Court cases to ensure that the next generation of Americans has the intellectual tools they need to become informed and engaged citizens. Pre-order your copies today or join our mailing list to receive updates.