Kansas House members have approved a measure that would
mandate that schools set aside the week of September 17th each year as
“Celebrate Freedom Week” to focus on the founding of the United States and its
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
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
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