Today we celebrate Constitution Day. On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign and adopt the Constitution. Even though our nation is still considered “young” compared to others, our Constitution has outlasted every other constitution in the world! America is also unique in that our Constitution acknowledges that government’s power comes from the people, not the other way around. Texas law requires Texas public schools, grades 3-12, to acknowledge Celebrate Freedom week (week of September 17th) and conduct appropriate instruction concerning the intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the abolitionist movement and women’s suffrage. School districts can choose another week for such instruction, but must get approval from their school board for such a change.
In 2010, we supported the decision of the State Board of Education who voted to ensure students in Texas public schools learn about the Constitution in their Social Studies classes. With today’s battles for religious liberty, based on the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, it is critical that Texas students understand that they are free to believe and exercise their religious freedoms – even at school. We encourage you to read the Constitution today and share this information with your family and friends. If you are a student or a parent with children in school, let us know how your school celebrated the Constitution by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and sharing on social media with #ConstitutionDay!