On Jan. 8, the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act of 2018 was signed into law, three years after it was drafted by Hightstown High School’s Honors Government and Politics teacher Stuart Wexler and his students.

The Cold Case law establishes a review board for unredacted documents related to unsolved criminal civil rights crimes and seeks to provide greater access and information about civil rights cold cases in order to achieve justice for victims and their families.

Wexler and the students based the bill on the John F. Kennedy Records Collection Act of 1992 and the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007.

They are the only high school students to have drafted a bill that eventually became law, but it took three years of hard work, including countless hours of lobbying.

In 2018, the project was the subject of a Classroom Closeup NJ episode that later went on to win an Emmy Award from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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