Utah students from grades six through 12 will begin celebrating the bicentennial of the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution on Dec. 4, State Office of Education officials say.
A forum on the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, will be televised statewide on the University of Utah's EdNet System by the State Office of Education and the Utah League of Women Voters.The Dec. 4 forum will center on the Fourth Amendment, which deals with unlawful search and seizure. Students will debate whether high school athletes should be tested for use of performance-enhancing steroid drugs.
Next year is the bicentennial of the Bill of Rights, which became law Dec. 15, 1791. The forum is funded by a grant from the Utah State Bar, said league spokeswoman Georgia Yardley.
"The purpose of the forum is to increase awareness of the importance of the Bill of Rights that guarantees every citizen's civil liberties," said Yardley.
During 1991, history and social studies teachers will be provided with bookmarks printed with the Bill of Rights to give to their students and books offering "a wide variety of hands-on activities that bring home the relevance of the Bill of Rights to everyday life," she said.