Student Rights

Constitution Day – September 17

12.28.12

Background

On September 17, 1787, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting. Only one item of business occupied the agenda that day: to sign the Constitution of the United States of America.

In commemoration of the signing, all U.S. educational institutions that receive federal funding must provide an educational program on the Constitution. This mandate applies to most public school districts, colleges, and universities. Take this opportunity to educate your students or members of your organization about the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and threats to civil liberties.

Host an ACLU speaker
The ACLU of Ohio provides speakers to over 100 schools and community groups across the state annually. Whether you’re looking for a history of the Bill of Rights or a contemporary take on free speech, an ACLU expert can help inform and engage your audience.

To request a speaker, click here.

Additional Resources

ACLU Freedom Files
Show episodes from the ACLU TV series featuring current issues, like immigration, the death penalty, and national security. Episodes are available at no cost online.

Bill of Rights Defense Committee
The BORDC’s mission is to promote, organize, and support a diverse, effective, national grassroots movement to restore and protect civil rights and liberties guaranteed to all U.S. residents by the Bill of Rights. A special section of this site includes Constitution Day activities.

National Constitution Center
This site provides resources to help you celebrate Constitution Day, featuring over 200 activities, lessons, books, DVDs and more for students at every grade level.

For more resources related to the Bill of Rights, visit our Resources for Educators page.