April 4th, 2011

Federal Law Requires Constitution to be Taught in Schools

The Institute for Constitutional Policy announces a new initiative to help schools comply with federal law.

by Curtis Coleman

It is a startling surprise to most public school teachers and administrators that federal law requires all schools that receive federal funding provide a course to all students on the Constitution on Constitution Day, September 17.

Passed in 2004 the pertinent text of the law, known as H.R. 4818, is found at section 111(b):

Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.

The Institute for Constitutional Policy is today announcing a new and concerted initiative to encourage public schools to follow this law and to assist them with educational curricula for teaching the Constitution in their classes during the week of September 12, 2011.

The Institute will be providing suggested letters concerned parents and citizens can send to their local school administrators asking them to follow the law requiring they “hold an educational program on the United States Constitution,” and offering assistance with educational materials, including DVDs, teacher’s guides, distributable pocket-size copies of the Constitution and posters of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The Institute will be also soliciting tax-deductible contributions to help with the cost of providing these materials to schools that request them.

Here is the first recommended letter parents and concerned citizens may send to their local school superintendents and school board members.  This letter (which can be edited and personalized) should be sent to school superintendents and school board members this spring before school is dismissed for the summer: Constitution In Schools May Letter

Additional letters, information and recommended activities will be posted here later this spring.

You may make a contribution specifically for providing Constitutional educational materials to schools by clicking here. We can provide a basic set of materials to a single classroom for about $25.00.

Curtis Coleman is President of The Curtis Coleman Institute for Constitutional Policy.

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