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date: 25 January 2021

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This chapter examines educational concerns and controversies in the U.S. Constitution and how they have significantly shaped—and been shaped by—every era of constitutional development in the country. It first outlines the four major waves of constitutional development related to education in the United States, with particular emphasis on the roles played by state constitutional conventions and legislatures, Congress, and presidents. It then considers the involvement of the Supreme Court and other federal courts in education cases and controversies over fundamental rights and civil liberties. Finally, it discusses issues related to civic and constitutional education: what is taught about the Constitution, how it occurs, and why it matters.

Keywords: education, United States, Constitution, constitutional development, Supreme Court, federal courts, fundamental rights, civil liberties, civic education, constitutional education

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