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Policy # 8241

Preserving American democracy is an essential responsibility and priority for public education. The Board of Education recognizes its special role in ensuring that the students attending the schools of the District are provided with the appropriate skills and knowledge to gain an appreciation and understanding of the American form of government, including but not limited to the Constitution, its Bill of Rights, the electoral process, the jury system, and the role of law and citizenship education generally. To that end, the District shall, in compliance with statutory and regulatory mandates, offer instruction and related activities in citizenship, patriotism and human rights issues. This instruction will be offered on a regular basis and in keeping with appropriate grade level instruction.


The Board also directs that all students attending District schools in grades 8 through 12 receive instruction in the history, meaning, significance and effect of the United States Constitution, the New York State Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence.


The curricula for such courses must include the subjects specified by the Board of Regents and be for the period of instruction, as mandated by the Regents, which is necessary in these subjects in each of the appropriate grades.


One (1) week during each school year a uniform course of exercises shall be provided to teach students, in an age appropriate manner, the purpose, meaning and importance of the Bill of Rights Articles in the United States and New York State Constitutions. These exercises shall be in addition to the above required courses.


In addition, each School District that receives Federal Funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17th of each year for the students in the District to commemorate the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution, known as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. However, when September 17 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, this day shall be held during the preceding or following week.


The Board directs that the above named subjects, as mandated by law, be addressed in the instructional curricula provided by the District.




Education Law Sections 801 and 802

Public Law 108-477 Section 111(b)

Executive Law Section 403

8 NYCRR Section 108.1

Policy References:
Refer also to Policy #8242 -- Civility, Citizenship and Character Education/Interpersonal Violence Prevention Education

Policy Cross References:

Adoption Date: 9/24/2008
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