Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) is used to asking tough questions as a member of the House Appropriations and Intelligence committees, but at Crescenta Valley High School on Monday, he was the one on the spot.
Roughly 70 students from the school’s ROTC and Advanced Placement Government classes heard from Schiff in an event moderated by AP Government teacher Alicia Harris.
Students asked Schiff to explain his views on the Affordable Care Act, No Child Left Behind and the Armenian genocide, where the topic was pressure from Turkey to block legislation recognizing as a genocide the death of more than 1 million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks from 1915 to 1923.
“Turkey’s campaign of denial has been tremendously harmful for Turkey, and flies in the face of history,” Schiff said. “The only debate you get is with the Turkish government.”
John Myres, a senior AP Government student, asked Schiff about the No Child Left Behind Act, and Schiff explained he’d like to see the law altered to give school districts more flexibility to achieve academic goals.