Crescenta Valley High School students posed tough questions to Rep. Adam Schiff on Monday about renewable energy, the statewide primary election and recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
The senior government students spent months learning about Congress and its several roles before Schiff's visit, so being able to hear from him about the committees he serves on was an eye opener, said government teacher Alicia Harris.
"It's exciting when it can come to life," she said.
Speaking to more than 50 students, Schiff (D-Burbank) told students his biggest concern for the upcoming election was being able to repair a broken government system in California.
The new generation of students will be faced with higher college tuition fees and larger class sizes, he said, because poor financial decisions have pushed the state billions into the red.
"I hope we make the right choices on who we pick to run the state of California," Schiff said.