United States Constitution Day is September 17 of each year. Congress enacted legislation requiring all public schools to set aside one day during the week of September 17 (which is a Friday in 2010) to teach all students about the U.S. Constitution and about citizenship.
Iowa districts are already in compliance with the spirit and letter of this law as to secondary students taking U.S. government. [Iowa Code section 256.11(5)(b) requires that the government course cover the federal Constitution.] Many, if not most, districts probably already incorporate such instruction at the elementary level.
The U.S. Department of Education acknowledges that curriculum and course decisions fall outside federal authority. This agency has no information about whether or how the federal government plans to enforce the law. The intent behind the law is a good one. There is a web site with more information about this, including material useful in planning Constitution day activities, at: http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2005-2/052405b.html. This requirement applies to “each educational institution that receives federal funds.” “Educational Institutions” includes, but is not limited to, school districts and institutions of higher learning. It would appear that area education agencies must also comply with this law.