Madison Seminar starts Monday
JANESVILLE Twenty-seven Janesville high school students will go to Madison next week to begin field research as part of the school district's Madison Seminar program.
Students will work in teams to research topics that are important to state government, according to a news release from Madison Seminar organizers.
On Monday, the program will start with a briefing by Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson at the Madison Club. Students will conduct individual interviews with state policy leaders and experts and will be briefed by Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce President/Chief Executive Officer Kurt Bauer and Wisconsin Manufacturer and Commerce Vice President/Government Relations Scott Manley, according to the news release.
Following their research, students will form opinions, write op-ed columns and submit them to The Gazette.
Last year, Abrahamson told the students their research resembled the work of Supreme Court justices. She said they must set aside personal opinions and concentrate on the facts.
"That's your opportunity to deliver your opinion, much the same way judges do after considering the facts and applying the law," Abrahamson told the 2012 Madison Seminar students. "I'm very excited for you as you embark on your research."
Madison Seminar field study is a unique opportunity for students to experience Wisconsin government hands on and up close. Students are required to arrange and conduct four interviews in addition to the group briefings, according to the news release.
The Craig and Parker students, mostly seniors, will research such issues dealt with by state government as mining, BadgerCare, public education reform and state tax policies.
MADISON SEMINAR PARTICIPANTS
Twenty-seven students from Parker and Craig high schools will start research Monday as part of the Janesville School District's annual Madison Seminar program. Students will work on their research in teams. Most of the students are seniors, according to a news release from Madison Seminar organizers.
Joe Van Rooy and Scott Gudgel are co-directors of the seminar.
According to the news release, the students and their topics are:
UW System Tuition Increases
Public Education Reform
Mining in Wisconsin
War on Drugs in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Tax Policies
Veterans Transition Services