Students work to learn

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 6, 2000

at Troy’s first Girls State

Special to The Messenger

June 5, 2000 11 PM

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Tax reform and education reform were the key issues raised Monday by a change-minded group of delegates to the 2000 session of Girls State, held at Troy State University.

The 327 delegatesall high school juniors from across the statebegan debating issues in committee Monday afternoon, according to Stacy Fountain, Girls State Director.

"The education issues probably received the most attention," Fountain said. "Many of the delegates are looking to abolish teacher tenure. Thats a big issue. They are also interested in legislation that would improve the performance of local school boards and change the high school exit exam."

Fountain said the students also have specific ideas regarding tax legislation.

"They seem to be more interested in lowering sales taxes and increasing property taxes to make up the difference," she said.

Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Girls State uses a mock legislature format to teach young women about civics and citizenship. Participants are divided into cities and counties and elect local officials. They also serve as senators and representatives, debating bills and proposing solutions to problems facing elected officials.

The highlight of the week is the election of a governor, and other statewide constitutional officers.

This year marks the first time in recent history that Alabama Girls State will be held outside of Montgomery. Troy State University is only the second school to ever play host to the event.

The highlight of the week is planned for Friday morning, when the delegates will travel to Montgomery to meet with Gov. Don Siegelman.