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posted May 2, 2013, 6:05 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated May 2, 2013, 7:06 AM ]
Day 61--

Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?How will I  accomplish this task?  How will I show that I have done this?How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to understand how state governments decide what services to provide for their residents.I will review last night's homework and visit some state websites to explore the different services that state governments provide. I will turn in my assignment, with additional information, at the end of class.This is a formative assessment and will help me with my summative assessments in this assessment cycle.

We had a homework assignment last night, based on the question of what services state governments provide and how they provide them. 
If you have questions about the assignment, let's talk about them. 
If not, we'll turn directly to today's mini-assignment that addresses YOUR state's approach to providing services to its residents. Complete this assignment by adding to your assignment from last night. Turn it in when completed. 

1) Visit Governor Jay Inslee's page on the state budget and review the bullet points for his priorities. What are they? What does the list tell you about the types of services (and importance of those services) in our state?
2) Visit the Citizen's Guide to the Budget online and spend some time with pages 4 and 5 of the document. What kinds of services are the most important, based on the pie chart, in the state's budget? What do the major labels on the pie chart represent?
3) Repeat this process with pages 12 and 13? Does the emphasis change, or is it basically the same on this chart? (What's the difference between these charts, anyway?)

When finished, turn in your homework assignment with the additional information from the three questions above. 

You don't have homework due Monday, but you might have a little more work to be done on some past assignments, including the in-class assignment from April 30 (County Questions Scavenger Hunt) or April 24 ("Get to know your elected officials"). 
If you've completed those assignments and all the rest, take a look ahead to your research assignment for this unit. Keep looking for topics that deal with state, county, regional, or local issues where government decisions have been made. Your job, in short, is to:
1. Find a topic -- an action or decision of your local government (city, county, state) that has been in the news recently
2. Learn about the background of the decision or action 
-- What was the problem? What were the options? Who was impacted by the decision?
3. Explain your opinion on the government's action or decision 
-- Was it the right one? Will it address the problems as desired? Will it cause new ones?
Your finished paper is due 5/13.