Did YOU know there was a thing called “Constitution Day”? Is Constitution Day constitutional? Do you know what the 3rd Amendment is?
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
A law establishing “Constitution Day” was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day”. In addition to renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. In May 2005, the United States Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind. This holiday is not observed by granting time off work for federal employees.
For this edition of Interchange, host Lisa-Marie Napoli, a member of the PACE [Political and Civic Engagement] faculty, interviews Tim Lovelace from the Maurer School of Law and Eileen Braman from Political Science Department. We encourage community members to send suggestions for questions to ask our guests to our Interchange email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. PACE will also solicit questions from IU students.