Friday, March 1, 2013
Kansas House members have approved a measure that would mandate that schools set aside the week of Sept. 17 each year as "Celebrate Freedom Week" to focus on the founding of the United States and its key documents.
The bill, approved Friday on a 95-25 vote, would require the State Board of Education to develop rules and regulations for public schools regarding the teaching of the nation's founding. The rules would emphasize the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. Several other states have enacted similar laws.
Supporters say the week would be a way to celebrate what it means to be an American and a time for teachers to make history exciting and fun for students.
Opponents argue that schools don't need another mandate to teach history and civics.