Superintendent's Memo #246-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

September 4, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Rule of Law Project

I am pleased to announce that The Virginia Bar Association (VBA) and The Virginia Law Foundation will hold the second annual Rule of Law Project on Wednesday, October 14, 2009. Begun as a pilot project last year, the VBA's Rule of Law Project is an educational program taught by volunteer citizen lawyers in Virginia, and is specifically designed to enhance the teaching of the rule of law to middle school civics students in public and private schools throughout the state. The purpose of this educational program is to better inform middle school students about the role of the rule of law as the foundation for our representative form of government and to provide them with information that will make them more active and engaged citizens.

The educational program materials for the VBA Rule of Law Project consist of:

The project and related materials have been developed by educators, administrators, parents, judges, and lawyers in collaboration with local school officials. All materials are aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning for Civics and Economics.

The VBA Rule of Law Project is funded by a partnership grant from The Virginia Law Foundation. A link to The Virginia Bar Association's Rule of Law Project may be found at http://www.ruleoflaw-vba.org.

If you have administrative questions regarding the VBA Rule of Law Project, please contact G. Michael Pace, law coordinator, by e-mail at mike_pace@gentrylocke.com or by telephone at (540) 983-9312. Education questions regarding the content of the project should be directed to Timothy Isaacs, education coordinator, by e-mail at timisaacs7@yahoo.com or by telephone at (540) 353-9807; or for further information, please contact Beverly Thurston, coordinator of history and social sciences, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.

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