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After college classes went fully online, my state and local government class hosted various Connecticut officials for class discussions. I was taken aback by how lawmakers not only respected, but also appreciated, our remote classes. It was a lesson for everyone because education and understanding the legislative process must go on, even during a pandemic.
I initially dismissed having state lawmakers join our class discussions remotely because I thought it would defeat the purpose of direct dialogue between officials and students. But students and lawmakers reminded me the importance of education, even virtually.
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