COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
September 7, 2012
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
I am pleased to bring to your attention the recognition of Constitution Day on September 17, 2012. Because September 17, falls on a religious holiday (Rosh Hashanah), Constitution Day may be commemorated the preceding or following week. 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. Information about citizenship and civics is also available at other nonpartisan Web sites including the Bill of Rights Institute at
If you need additional information about Constitution Day, please contact Beverly Thurston, history and social science coordinator, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.