Posted on September 18, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) made the following statement today recognizing September 17 through September 23, 2006 as Constitution Week: “The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776, but it was 13 years later – September 17th, 1787 – before we ratified our Constitution. The 219th anniversary of the United States Constitution reminds us that America has always been a work in progress, and that it is critically important that students in this country are learning the key dates and documents of our founding and our progress as a nation. “Constitution Week provides a good opportunity to put the teaching of American history and civics back in its rightful place in our schools so our children can grow up learning what it means to be an American.” ###