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In 1947, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted a program called Student Government Day (originally Good Government Day) which is traditionally held on a Friday in April. This is an informative program about state government, that includes students participating in the role of elected or appointed officials to "observe the processes of government."

The program provides educators and students from Massachusetts's public and private high schools with many opportunities to learn first hand about state government. It enables government officials to have contact with students. It allows students to voice their positions on important current issues through prepared debates. It enables students to participate in the legislative process through simulated committee hearings and House and Senate formal sessions. It provides the opportunity for students to exchange views with their peers throughout the state on statewide issues.

How does this program work?

Traditionally Student Government Day is held onsite at the Massachusetts state house. However, this year, the event will take place on a virtual platform (ZOOM). Students will hear from various members of the Executive, Judiciary and Legislative Branches and gain insight on each role. After this presentation, students will be assigned to breakout rooms to dive deeper into the inner workings of state government and engage in an open discussion with facilitators.

Registration for Student Government Day occurs on a first-come, first-served basis. Schools may register up to four students, who are either juniors or seniors as well as one (1) faculty advisor (t. Space is limited. However, if advisors/teachers choose to project the session in an open area to engage additional students, then that is certainly welcomed, providing this is done with the appropriate safety measures in place in regards to social distancing. With a virtual format this year, we will be providing all materials electronically.

Registration will close on Friday, May 7, 2021

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Massachusetts General Laws: Chapter 6, Section 12M: Student Government Day

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Last Updated: February 8, 2021

 
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