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Making Civics Real Workshop 3: Public Policy & the Federal Budget  
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Student Perspectives: Leslie Martin's Students

At the time these students were interviewed, they were ninth-graders at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina, which is a suburb of Winston-Salem. They were near the end of an honors-level two-semester course on U.S. government, civics, and economics, taught by Leslie Martin. The students discuss their experience creating a federal budget. First, they worked in cooperative-learning groups to develop a budget that reflected the priorities of the executive branch and later represented a Member of Congress in a Congressional budget hearing.


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