Government - Evaluate your Senator or Representative
"We didn't pick the legislators," said Thomas Dominguez. "It's not our job to evaluate their performance.
That's the job of each voter." Dominguez is a member of the California Citizens Compensation Commission.1
Many lobbying and advocacy organizations "Grade" elected officials regarding their performance
on the groups' special concerns.
NAACP - 109TH Congress Receives Failing Grade on Civil Rights Matters
Legislative Scorecard 2007-2008 | Porkbusters - earmarks scorecard
National Environmental Scorecard
Evaluate one of the elected officials who represent you at the Federal level.
You could examine the legislator's record on the whole or focus on a specific issue like energy.
Establish criteria. Examples - Attendance, voting record, legislation proposed by them, Committees, earmarking, ethics issues.
Grade/Score their work to date. Are they meeting your expectations?
Debate the rating with your classmates.
Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper explaining your evaluation process and the grade
you are giving the elected official.
Do you support their reelection?
Would you consider volunteering for or making a donation to their reelection campaign?
Evaluate one of the elected officials who represent you at the State or local level.
Assess your local and state legislators' record on environmental issues.
"The citizen can bring our political and governmental institutions back to life,
make them responsive and accountable, and keep them honest. No one else can." John Gardner
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1 Sanders, Jim, Does commission on California elected officials' pay have power to cut their salaries? SacBee.com. April 28, 2008.
Save a tree - use a digital answer format - Highlight the text. Copy it. Paste it in a word processing document. Save the document in your folder. Answer on the word processing document in a contrasting color (not yellow) or font (avoid , or other ornate artistic fonts). Save frequently as you work.
Proof your responses. It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneak in to the bets work. Make your own printer paper answer sheet
Tech Tip: Working in a group or in two different places like the library & home? You do not have to be physically together to work together. Watch Google Docs video TAI - How could you use free, Google Docs to do a project? How would this facilitate group projects?