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Gradebook podcast: There ought to be a law - A Florida student’s civic lesson

Armwood High senior Haley Manigold discusses her effort to convince lawmakers to adopt testing legislation.
Haley Manigold, second from left, and Armwood High School classmates Maria Medina and Madison Harvey take a photo with Sen. Tom Lee, who is sponsoring their legislation, and teacher Tony Pirotta.  They presented their bill in the Senate Education Committee on Dec. 9, 2019.
Haley Manigold, second from left, and Armwood High School classmates Maria Medina and Madison Harvey take a photo with Sen. Tom Lee, who is sponsoring their legislation, and teacher Tony Pirotta. They presented their bill in the Senate Education Committee on Dec. 9, 2019. [ EMILY L. MAHONEY | Times Staff ]
Published Dec. 12, 2019

As Florida government leaders look to enhance students’ civics knowledge, they might want to talk to Hillsborough County senior Haley Manigold.

She and some of her schoolmates at Armwood High identified a concern with the state’s graduation requirements and how they affect teens still learning English. Rather than just complain, the group decided to urge the Legislature to action.

This past week, Manigold was among those testifying before the state Senate Education Committee about the proposed legislation, which is being carried by former Senate president Tom Lee.

In this podcast, Manigold explains her efforts, her views on the importance of civic education, and her suggestions for getting teens to better understand the system.

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