Constitution Day

I just found out that thanks to Senator Robert Byrd, this September 16 has been declared “Constitution Day,” and,

The act mandates that all publicly-funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. In May 2005, the United States Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind.

Presumably that applies to colleges and universities as well as public K-12 schools. I also found this website, created by the University of Pennsylvania and NPR for educators. They’ll be broadcasting by satellite and over the web two programs – a conversation with Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Stephen Breyer, and a debate hosted by NPR’s Margot Adler on “Free Speech in the Digital Age.” With the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court I bet they’ll be quite a bit of political organizing to go along with the education.

Author: Rob Goodspeed