Tutoring Future Members of the Political Class


Photo credit: Governing

As fellow blogger Don Rippert never tires of reminding us, Virginia’s political system is stacked in favor of vested interests and the┬ástatus quo. It is not one that many other states would want to emulate. But the General Assembly does do one cool thing — it runs one of the most, if not the most, active page programs of any legislature in the country. Last year, the state spent $500,000 on wages, expenses and incidentals so 39 Virginia middle schoolers from around the state could work in the legislature. What an incredible learning experience! Governing┬ámagazine has a brief stories and loads of photos here.


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  1. Do you have any idea how many of those young pages actually go into politics {i.e., “success” rate), and how that stacks up against similar page internships in other States? I remember the temptation to try for one of those jobs, back in the dark ages, the ’50s, only to have my parents discouraged by an uncle who said I would become thoroughly jaded by the experience!

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