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Civic Engagement: Lessons and Opportunities
Unformatted Document Text:  7 The 2007 National Student Political Issues Agenda 1. Education Reform We need to reform the public schools with merit pay for good teachers, the ability to fire bad teachers. Take funds from the Tax Increment Finance Districts and give them once again to fund public schools. Raise the standards and expectations of public education, especially providing an emphasis on science and math. 2. Health Care We need to pass the build for children’s’ health care legislation (SCHIP) that President Bush vetoed. We need tort reform to lower payments from malpractice suits. We need to limit the excessive patents on new medicines for pharmacy companies. We need more preventive health care. 3. Immigration Create a better process for the providing papers to illegal immigrants now in the country, passing the Dream Act to allow higher education for the children of immigrants, and creating a clear path to citizenship. We should not build the wall on the border in the Southwest as we have better uses for the funds. 4. Higher Education We need increased federal funding for student loans and grants and lower interest rates on student loans. We need more state funding of colleges and universities. We need to encourage faculty to teach more class hours before continuing to raise taxes, We need to not change textbooks every year and to set up loan as well as purchase programs for sharing textbooks. 5. Iraq War The Iraq War has been going on for nearly 5 years with little end in sight. Some estimates have the cost of the war at over $1 trillion. We need to have our government look at new strategies for getting US troops home and for creating a stable peace in Iraq. 6. Jobs and the Economy The advent of the mortgage housing crises is only another blow to a fragile economy. The National Debt is now over $9 trillion and the US dollar is now at an all-time low to many major foreign currencies. Furthermore, the outsourcing of quality high paying jobs to nations that do not follow the same environmental and health and safety policies as the United States as well as do not allow for the democratic freedoms including collective bargaining has exacerbated the loss of jobs. American workers can compete with workers anywhere in the world, but they are unable to compete on an uneven playing field. 7. Global Warming We are concerned about the future of our planet. We need to address Global Warming and other Environmental concerns to ensure a livable planet for all. The implications for continued Global Warming could be catastrophic. We must lead our country and the world to renewable non-polluting forms of energy. We must move from the use of carbon based energy including petroleum products as quickly as possible. Government should set the direction by investing in the requisite infrastructure for the development and implementation of new energy technologies including solar, wind, and hydrogen fuel cell technologies.

Authors: Perry, Anthony.
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The 2007 National Student Political Issues Agenda

1. Education Reform
We need to reform the public schools with merit pay for good teachers, the ability to fire bad teachers.
Take funds from the Tax Increment Finance Districts and give them once again to fund public schools.
Raise the standards and expectations of public education, especially providing an emphasis on science
and math.

2. Health Care
We need to pass the build for children’s’ health care legislation (SCHIP) that President Bush vetoed. We
need tort reform to lower payments from malpractice suits. We need to limit the excessive patents on
new medicines for pharmacy companies. We need more preventive health care.

3. Immigration
Create a better process for the providing papers to illegal immigrants now in the country, passing the
Dream Act to allow higher education for the children of immigrants, and creating a clear path to
citizenship. We should not build the wall on the border in the Southwest as we have better uses for the
funds.

4. Higher Education
We need increased federal funding for student loans and grants and lower interest rates on student loans.
We need more state funding of colleges and universities. We need to encourage faculty to teach more
class hours before continuing to raise taxes, We need to not change textbooks every year and to set up
loan as well as purchase programs for sharing textbooks.

5. Iraq War
The Iraq War has been going on for nearly 5 years with little end in sight. Some estimates have the cost
of the war at over $1 trillion. We need to have our government look at new strategies for getting US
troops home and for creating a stable peace in Iraq.

6. Jobs and the Economy
The advent of the mortgage housing crises is only another blow to a fragile economy. The National Debt
is now over $9 trillion and the US dollar is now at an all-time low to many major foreign currencies.
Furthermore, the outsourcing of quality high paying jobs to nations that do not follow the same
environmental and health and safety policies as the United States as well as do not allow for the
democratic freedoms including collective bargaining has exacerbated the loss of jobs. American workers
can compete with workers anywhere in the world, but they are unable to compete on an uneven playing
field.

7. Global Warming
We are concerned about the future of our planet. We need to address Global Warming and other
Environmental concerns to ensure a livable planet for all. The implications for continued Global Warming
could be catastrophic. We must lead our country and the world to renewable non-polluting forms of
energy. We must move from the use of carbon based energy including petroleum products as quickly as
possible. Government should set the direction by investing in the requisite infrastructure for the
development and implementation of new energy technologies including solar, wind, and hydrogen fuel
cell technologies.




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