COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
September 9, 2011
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
I am pleased to bring to your attention the recognition of Constitution Day to be celebrated officially this year on September 17, 2011, and to be observed by school divisions on September 16. As you know, Congress passed legislation that requires the implementation of an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution, on a date designated by statute officially as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This 2004 Congressional initiative is authorized by Section 111 of Division J of Public Law 108-447 and applies to educational institutions receiving federal funding from the United States Department of Education (USED).
All schools may determine what kind of educational programs are appropriate for their students. Some informational resources pertaining to the Constitution that may be useful in planning educational activities are listed on the USED’s Web site at http://www.ed.gov. Go to the search box and enter Constitution Day. Information about citizenship and civics is also available at other nonpartisan Web sites including the Bill of Rights Institute at http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/page.aspx?pid=593.
If you need additional information about Constitution Day, please contact Beverly Thurston, history and social science coordinator, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.