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Student Forum Newsletter for December 2020 (Social Media Bias and Universal Basic Income)

With votes still being counted, turnout in the 2020 presidential election has hit a 50-year high, exceeding the record set by the 2008 presidential election. As of Nov. 9, the tallied votes accounted for 62% of the eligible voting-age population. The sheer number of votes also set records. So far, 148 million votes have been tallied, with Democrat Joe Biden winning more than 75 million—the highest number for a presidential candidate in history. Trump received more than 70 million—the highest total for a losing candidate.

Teacher Spotlight on Amber Konzem in Richardson, TX

Although she has spent 24 years of her life working with school-age students in various capacities—from subbing to working with at-risk students and scouting—Amber Konzem has spent all seven years of her official teaching career at Lloyd V. Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas. An affluent inner suburb of Dallas, Richardson is home to the University of Texas at Dallas and the Telecom Corridor; more than 5,000 businesses have operations within Richardson’s 28 square miles. Berkner High School is one of four public high schools in the Richardson Independent School District, and it is where Konzem teaches U.S. Government, Economics and Personal Finance to 11th and 12th graders.

Student Forum Newsletter for November 2020 (TikTok and Student Loan Debt)

On Sept. 26, President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Sept. 18. Barrett’s confirmation hearing began on Oct. 12. Barrett is an American attorney, jurist and academic who serves as a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Before and while serving on the federal bench, she has been a professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, where she has taught civil procedure, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation.

Student Forum Newsletter for October 2020 (Electoral College and 2020 Election)

For this month’s Student Voice Vote, it’s time to make your voice heard as a student participating in the Student Governmental Affairs Program (SGAP). In this newsletter, you will be asked to make your voice heard on an issue facing the country: Who should be elected president of the United States in the 2020 election?

Teacher Spotlight -Jill Villasana from Columbia, Missouri

With 20 years of teaching experience, Jill Villasana has always been a high-energy kind of teacher, which makes teaching students virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic feel “different.” “If a student wants to work on their assignments virtually at 11 p.m. or 6 in the morning, they have the option to do that and can get extra hours at work or care for their family members,” Villasana says. “Allowing students flexibility to work on school when they want to is an obvious benefit. For our students that plan to go to college, they are certainly being expected to manage a more collegiate schedule and work ethic.”