Beyond the Classroom: Texas City High’s Empowering Experience at Student Legislative Seminar

Beyond the Classroom: Texas City High’s Empowering Experience at Student Legislative Seminar

March 2-7 saw twelve students and three teacher chaperones from Texas City High School in Washington, DC for one of the Institute’s Student Legislative Seminars.  This is the 13th time Texas City has participated in this program, and with chaperones who have experienced the trip before on hand with us again, the trip just keeps…

Institute for Civility Hosts Student Legislative Seminar June 3-8

June 3-8 found us back in DC – this time with students from Palacios High School (TX) and Wharton High School (TX). This student trip was underwritten by two area foundations who like to focus their support on their local communities. It is through the generosity of these organizations that we have been able to…

Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus Relaunches

The Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus has gained new life after lapsing in 2021. The Caucus, originally formed in 2018 by U.S. Reps. Joyce Beatty and Steve Stivers, has gained renewed support, with 42 members of Congress agreeing to sign on, according to Beatty. The Caucus requires one Democrat and one Republican to join as a pair….

Texas City High School Attends Student Legislative Seminar March 24-30

The Institute was thrilled to bring our Student Legislative Seminars back to Washington, DC this spring. March 25-30 found us there with 11 students from Texas City High School, Texas, along with three school chaperones. This trip has been sponsored by the local Texas City Rotary Club every year now for twelve years (with the…

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Houston’s Furr High School Wins $10 Million XQ Grant

Does civility matter? Yes it does. In 2001, Dr. Bertie Simmons came out of retirement to become the principal of Houston’s Furr High school when no one else wanted to take the reigns. Six years later, concerned that gangs were ready to take over the school, Simmons called on us at the Institute and asked…

Students Build Community and Collaboration: High School Students from Palacios and Wharton Join Together in Civic Education Experience

Houston, TX, June 10, 2016 – Five students from Palacios High School and six students from Wharton High School participated in a Student Legislative Seminar trip to Washington, DC, with the Institute for Civility in Government (ICG) on June 4-9. These Seminars teach students about how to be involved in the governing process while maintaining…

Civility in Nebraska’s Effort to Reform Redistricting

Civility in Nebraska’s Effort to Reform Redistricting

Because the national press hasn’t picked it up, you may not have heard the story. But there’s some very interesting civility news going on right now in the state of Nebraska. On Wednesday, Nebraska’s legislature passed a bill that would reform the state’s redistricting process, taking it largely out of the hands of the legislators…