On January 15, the Illinois We the People Hearings were held virtually. The simulated congressional hearings are the culminating activity of the We the People program. We the People is a national program that promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s upper elementary and secondary students by having students study the curriculum focused on the history and principles of our constitutional democratic republic.
For the first time ever, Illinois will have three We the People schools competing at the national finals later this year. Maine South High School South will represent Illinois as the state champion, St. Joseph-Ogden will represent Illinois as a wild card team as the runner-up, and Chicago Hope Academy will represent Illinois as the Warren Burger Class at the National Hearings this April. The national hearings will be held virtually.
The Illinois We the People program is administered by the Constitutional Democracy Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and is a project of the Center for Civic Education.
Congratulations to these outstanding teachers and their incredible students!