H.R. 3591; Why Isn’t The Constitution Being Taught Already?

Since congress is back in session, I am following the bills and resolutions being put forward and there have been some whoppers this week.  Carolyn Maloney has already received Today’s AYFKM? Award for H.R. 3602, but I thought I might just throw a few more logs on the fire.

Can someone explain to me why the Dems all of a sudden feel it is necessary to throw $4,000,000 (per year) of our money at grants for Constitution and Citizenship Day Act of 2009?  Are they really saying that the Constitution is not being taught in our schools, and is this a way to amp up the voter turnout by registering eligible voters?  Do you think these Dems are jumping on the Tea Party wagon and trying to make themselves look less like radical socialists and more like Constitutionalists?  Do you think they realize how stupid they look by putting this forward?  I had to recite the Declaration of Independence at age 9…

From GovTrack:

H.R. 3591: Constitution and Citizenship Day Act of 2009

HR 3591 IH

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3591

To establish a grant program to enhance existing secondary education programs for the purpose of teaching high school students about the Constitution of the United States and the constitutions of the individual States.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 17, 2009

Mr. CUMMINGS (for himself, Ms. NORTON, Mr. CONYERS, Ms. WATSON, Mr. RANGEL, Mr. MEEK of Florida, Ms. WATERS, Mr. PAYNE, Mr. CARSON of Indiana, and Mr. WATT) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor


A BILL

To establish a grant program to enhance existing secondary education programs for the purpose of teaching high school students about the Constitution of the United States and the constitutions of the individual States.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘Constitution and Citizenship Day Act of 2009’.

SEC. 2. CONSTITUTION DAY AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY SYSTEM FOR STUDENTS.

Part C of title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6601 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new subpart:

‘Subpart 6–Teaching of the Constitution

‘SEC. 2371. ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION OF CONSTITUTION DAY GRANT PROGRAM.

‘(a) Grant Program Authorized- The Secretary shall establish and implement a grant program, to be known as the ‘Constitution Day Grant Program’, under which the Secretary shall award grants on a competitive basis to local educational agencies and charter schools for the purposes of enhancing educational programs to teach students about the United States Constitution and the constitution of the State in which the grant recipient is located.

‘(b) Grantee Eligibility Requirements- Grants under this section may only be awarded to a local educational agency or charter school with established secondary educational programs to teach students about the United States Constitution and the constitution of the State in which the grant recipient is located.

‘(c) Operation of Educational Programs- An educational program funded by a grant under this section shall–

‘(1) occur on Constitution Day, September 17, of each calender year (or on the Monday immediately following Constitution Day, if Constitution Day falls on a Saturday or a Sunday);

‘(2) include assemblies, discussions, presentations, or events commemorating the Constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State in which the grant recipient is located;

‘(3) include efforts to reinforce existing Constitutional curricula conducted by the grant recipient; and

‘(4) make available to eligible students participating in such program the ability to register to vote.

‘(d) Voter Registration Laws- A grant recipient under this section shall abide by all applicable State and Federal voter registration laws.

‘SEC. 2372. GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS.

‘(a) Secretary Created Process- The Secretary shall develop an application process for the grant program under this subpart, consistent with the requirements of this section.

‘(b) Grant Application Requirements- An application for a grant under this subpart shall–

‘(1) describe the educational activities to be funded by the grant; and

‘(2) provide assurances that the requirements of section 2371(c) will be met, and any additional assurances that the Secretary determines to be necessary to ensure compliance with the requirements of this subpart.

‘SEC. 2373. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

‘There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary $4,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to carry out this subpart.’.

9 thoughts on “H.R. 3591; Why Isn’t The Constitution Being Taught Already?”

  1. This is just so stupid. Are they doing this because they know we are protesting their shredding of our constitution? Can’t they just request teachers (I’m sure most of them already teach the constitution)instruct their students on the subject for ZERO dollars instead of $3 million? I’ll ask my 9 year old grandson if he as studied it yet.I’ve been buying my grandchildren books about the forefathers and the Revolution so they will have a knowledge of what we stand for,etc.

  2. This really is one of the stupidest proposals I’ve seen in a very long time. When I attended school it was a required subject covered in American history. I’m certain it still is, which makes this proposal just another way to waste our money and gain blatant political credit in the process.

  3. Another example of how they chase their own tails when they do not have a clue.

    They still do not get the movement they hope this will make it all go away.

  4. There is very little being taught in the schools, period! I had to take Civics. It was a required course. My daughter (now 19) told me she never had to take it. I have talked to her about the way that government is structured, and she never learned any of that, and she was an honor student and has grants and scholarships for college. It is shameful how little our students are being taught, and money thrown at the schools for special projects (that should ALREADY be in the curriculum) is just wasted and spent on everything but the students.

    There was a TV special by John Stossel that was going around, about how much we spend. We spend an national average of $11,000 per student (some areas are as hing as $15,000) and for this they can barely write their names and read on an 8th grade level upon graduation.

    If you want to see exactly how inefficient government bureaucracy can be, just look at the way the schools are run. My mom is a retired teacher (25 years in the system) and she tells of how she witnessed the system deteriorate over her time “in the trenches”. Education has become “indoctrination”.

  5. I am surprised that no one seems to have noticed that the House sent HR 3221 to the Senate. It will take over all aspects of college loans. Nothing like direct from the Treasury to, oh let’s see, who are our favorite students of all? With niceties like half interest for some, and full interest for guess who? Our least favorite students…

    But don’t take my word for it. Try reading Orlando Sentinel
    Staff Write Luis Zaragoza, who opens his piece with this marvelous sentence: “More free money for college students from lower-income families and an overhaul of certain student loans are key aspects of legislation passed by the House today.”

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/orl-student-aid-bill-091709,0,1963985.story

    Only a 100 billion a year, but what mischief awaits! Favored schools. How about tuition restrictions? How about teachers rated by racial makeup of their students? Favored teachers! Gates, anyone? How about discounts for students from Detroit, Oakland, you-name-it? Oh joy!

  6. Yes, BGK- this is a very important development. I have a daughter in college and she is lucky with grants and scholarships, but her boyfriend is borrowing EVERYTHING! They will graduate with an enormous debt to start life-after-school. It is my opinion that this is a ploy to get them to submit to Obamass’ “voluntary” forces. “If you ‘serve’ me, I will forgive your debt”.

  7. This is just a diversion and a side show to show how patriotic and Amerika loving Rangel and Waters are. Additionaly, I will bet when the cirriculum comes out it will not be with an originalist slant…just a hunch.

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