NAICU Washington Update

September 17 is Constitution Day

September 05, 2011

In 2005, Congress passed legislation mandating that educational institutions receiving federal funds are to hold an educational program on the U.S. Constitution on Sept 17 each year. This day commemorates the September 17, 1787, signing of the Constitution. The federal provision does not define "educational program." This means that colleges and universities have a great deal of latitude in exactly how they choose to recognize the day.

NAICU encourages all of our members to embrace this opportunity to advance civic education.  Among the many member colleges that have announced their Constitution Day activities this year are Bucknell UniversityHendrix College, College of the Holy CrossRoanoke CollegeGrace College, St. Francis College, and Sacred Heart University.

The New York Times Learning Network and the American Democracy Project have posted a detailed Constitution Day Planning Guide which includes programming ideas.  Also see the National Constitution Center's Constitution Day mini-website for more information. 

The regulations don't require activities to be reported.

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