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Wayne State College to Mark Constitution Day


WAYNE, Neb. (Sept. 10, 2008) -- Dr. Ken Stevens will present "The 14th Amendment and the Rise of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties" at 3:30 p.m. in Connell Hall Room 131 and "The Presidency and the War Power," at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 in Gardner Auditorium in commemoration of Constitution Day.


Stevens is professor of history and department chair at Texas Christian University.


For more information, please contact Dr. Don Hickey at 402-375-7298.


September 17, 2008, is Constitution Day. Educational institutions receiving Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education are required by federal statute to implement an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution, on a date designated by statute as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (``Constitution Day''). This Congressional initiative is authorized by Section 111 of Division J of Pub. L. 108-447, the ``Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005,'' Dec. 8, 2004; 118 Stat. 2809, 3344-45 (Section 111).


Section 111(b) states ``[e]ach educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.'' For purposes of the Department's implementation of this requirement, ``educational institutions'' includes but is not limited to ``local educational agencies'' and ``institutions of higher education'' receiving Federal funding from the Department.


Section 111 applies to all educational institutions receiving Federal funding, not only those receiving Federal funding from the Department. However, the Department's authority only extends to those educational institutions receiving funding from the Department, and consequently the Department can only regulate with regard to those institutions.


Section 111 requires that Constitution Day be held on September 17 of each year, commemorating the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution.


Some informational resources pertaining to the Constitution are listed below.


One of the Library of Congress' repositories for Constitutional documents and information may be accessed at:


The National Archives also has a Web site with a scan of the U.S. Constitution available online at:


In addition, the National Archives has a nationwide network of research facilities, including presidential libraries that welcome students as young as 14 years of age. Information about the facilities (by region and state) can be located online at:


Additional information and links regarding Constitution Day 2008 and the U.S. Constitution can be found at




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