Tutoring Future Members of the Political Class

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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 status 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 magazine has a brief stories and loads of photos here.

— JAB

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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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