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Bill would provide week of learning about Constitution

September 16, 2009

Bay News 9:

Some members of Congress aren’t happy with how much the general population knows about the U.S. Constitution.

So, they have a plan that could change how students learn about the Constitution.

A U.S. representative from Orlando is working on passing a bill that would have high school seniors nationwide spend at least one week learning about the U.S. Constitution each September.

“I wouldn’t see the problem in that,” said Brian Mitchell, a high school senior. “I mean it’s our rights. We should know what our rights are.”

So far 222 members of the House have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill.

Bay News 9 checked in with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson to get his reaction to the proposed bill. He provided this statement:

“Abe Lincoln said it best 150 years ago: ‘No government initiative can succeed unless the public consents.’ That’s why it’s important we teach our kids about how their government works. They are, after all, its stewards.”

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