Texas School District Recognized for Voter Education and Civic Engagement

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Texas School District Recognized for Voter Education and Civic Engagement

 

New Orleans – March 2, 2017 – Today, Charles Dupre, superintendent of the Fort Bend Independent School District in Texas, accepted the National Student/Parent Mock Election award on behalf of his school district at AASA’s National Conference on Education, during the first General Session.

 

The superintendent traveled to New Orleans to receive the AASA co-sponsored “For Outstanding Leadership in Voter Education” award, given every four years to recognize a model citizenship education initiative in K-12 education. Dupre represented Peter Yackus, an elementary and social studies coordinator in Fort Bend.

 

Fort Bend’s comprehensive civic education project involved students in elementary and secondary schools. They conducted research on candidates, voted online and analyzed their results. (Learn more about Fort Bend’s program at www.fortbendisd.com/Page/44682.) During every U.S. presidential election year, the National Student/ Parent Mock Election, the nation’s largest voter education program, offers an opportunity for students to actively participate in civic engagement. Its longtime president, Gloria Kirshner, directs the program.

 

Since 1980, students in all 50 states, both at the K-12 and collegiate levels, vote for the actual presidential candidates who are running for office through paper or electronic balloting. Their decisions are informed by educational activities, including watching video messages directly from the candidates.

 

In past election years, this program reached up to 6 million students, as well as their parents and teachers. In 2016, the mock election participation by students fell by about half its normal turnout, modeling the actual voter turnout last November.

 

For more information about AASA’s National Conference on Education, click here. 

 

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