Juniors are taking a course called Policy. The first Unit, called “Legislate,” investigates the ways that policy happens through legislative bodies. For the most part, our curriculum focuses on the Federal level of the US government; in past years, our students have spent considerable time with the City of Chicago’s legislative body, the Council. This year, we were thrilled to be joined by Connie Jordan, Public Defender in Cook County (who had also visited us in February with Latoya Hughes, a State’s Attorney).
We had a robust and vigorous question-and-answer session over the course of seventy minutes, our juniors asking pointed questions about racial inequalities in sentencing, the importance of civic awareness, and the challenges of protecting rights using legislation. I was really proud of how they rose to the challenge, and Ms. Jordan likewise expressed gratitude for their participation and pledged to be an assistance in their Action Projects later this term