AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY, TEXAS EDITION, 2011-2012 encourages students to experience the excitement that comes with being an engaged and informed citizen and provides tools for getting involved and stories of real young people who have made a difference and impacted our political system. Schmidt's streamlined presentation of content helps students stay focused on what is most important. In addition, Questions to Consider, which appear in the chapter opener to help students target their reading, are now revisited in the chapter summary. The addition of Texas authors Maxwell, Crain and Santos, as well as ten more chapters to the Table of Contents, offers substantial coverage of Texas politics.