FWISD Students Educate Peers, Public On Importance of Voting
Inside FWISD Spotlights Student Voter Registration Efforts
EDITOR’s NOTE: In editions of Inside FWISD leading up to the November 3 election, we will spotlight efforts across the District encouraging FWISD students to be part of the election process.
Fort Worth ISD students are spending the last few weeks of this election cycle educating registered voters about candidates on the ballot and encouraging them to make a plan for casting their vote.
Early voting in the November 3 joint general and special elections is currently underway in Texas and continues through October 30. For polling location details, operating hours and other voter information in Tarrant County, visit elections.tarrantcounty.com.
Since the spring, FWISD students – some who will be first-time voters and others who are not yet eligible to vote -- have spearheaded campus groups of Voice of the Empowered or V.O.T.E., Tarrant County student-run groups supported by March to the Polls (MTTP), a nonpartisan group focused on increasing voter turnout in the 18-24 age demographic and educating young people about voter registration. V.O.T.E. groups on FWISD campuses in recent months have created a website with voter information, hosted a virtual town hall event on voting and social media campaigns focusing on voter registration, candidates on the ballot and making a plan for going to the polls to vote.
Fort Worth ISD and Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office Create Partnership with High Schools to Offer New Criminal Justice Classes
More than 700 Fort Worth ISD high school seniors enrolled in government classes have a new way to learn about possible criminal justice careers directly from community and professional leaders through a new partnership with the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.
"Prosecutors in High Schools” brings virtual programming to students through their government classes. The program’s goal is to build trust between students and criminal justice partners through education about the criminal justice process, knowledge of career opportunities, and through the exchange of information about the impact of criminal justice actions.
“We are very pleased to announce and celebrate this new partnership,” said Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. “Many of our seniors who are enrolled in Government classes will interact with professionals in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office in a way most people never do. It is exciting to have our local industry practitioners coming to our classrooms and showing students how what they are learning in class is used daily in our community.”
Various team members from the DA’s office will provide four virtual webinars for students each semester beginning October 27:
- What are Your First Amendment Rights?
- Arrest, Search and Seizure
- Introduction to a Jury Trial
- Evidence, Investigations, Digital Forensics and Technical Services and Trial Art
“We want to help students learn more about the criminal justice system and how it works,” Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson said. “We are proud to partner with the Fort Worth school district to offer these classes virtually and reach as many students as possible.”
The participating schools are Dunbar, Poly, Diamond Hill – Jarvis, O.D. Wyatt, Eastern Hills, and Western Hills high schools.
The schools selected for "Prosecutors in High Schools” will be part of the Tarrant To and Through (T3) Partnership, an initiative launching soon that informs students and their families about college and career pathways. Students are not graded for their participation. However, teachers may provide extension activities for a grade. The four virtual webinars will be offered throughout the fall and spring semesters, reaching 758 students.
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