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Amendments to the Constitution (Excerpt from the Constitution of Virginia),

Virginia General Assembly

This one-page excerpt from the Virginia constitution discusses the process of adding amendments to the constitution.

Which branch(es) of government are responsible for amending Virginia's constitution? How do voters participate in the…

Governor (Excerpt from the Constitution of Virginia),

Virginia General Assembly

This excerpt from the constitution of Virginia outlines the role and responsibilities of the governor of Virgina, the election process, and even information about the governor's place of residence. The document also discusses the term limit for…

Judicial Power and the Supreme Court of Virginia (Excerpt from the Constitution of Virginia),

Virginia General Assembly

This two-page selection from the Virginia constitution outlines the judicial power and jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

What role does the Supreme Court of Virginia play in Virginia's government? Which branch of government…

Attorney General (Excerpt from the Constitution of Virginia),

Virginia General Assembly

This one-page selection from the Virginia constitution outlines the qualifications for the office of the Attorney General.

What role does the Attorney General play in Virginia government? Why does the Virginia constitution require that the…

Lieutenant Governor (Excerpt from the Constitution of Virginia),

Virginia General Assembly

This one-page excerpt from the constitution of Virginia discusses some of the roles and responsibilities of the Lieutenant Governor.

What role does the Lieutenant Governor play in Virginia politics? How does the office of Lieutenant…

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Assembly (Excerpt from the Constitution of Virginia),

Virginia General Assembly

This one-page excerpt from the Constitution of Virginia covers the powers of the General Assembly. Namely, it discusses the General Assembly's role in regulating voter registration and the elections process.

What are the roles and…

A Local Charter,

Kelly Walker, Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Sometimes referred to as a “Constitution,” a city, town, or county charter allows residents the flexibility to choose the kind of government structure allowed by law for their community. A community organized under a charter may choose…

School Desegregation: A Community’s Response,

Sarah Taylor, Salem City Schools

The challenge of protecting civil rights in a democracy, the intersection between state and local government, the activity of citizens in their local school board and administration, and the role of the media in addressing controversial issues are…

The Governor’s Many Hats,

Rebecca Mills

When founded in 1624, Virginia’s governor was appointed by the King of England. Today the Governor of the state of Virginia is elected. In this activity, students will analyze the state Constitution to better understand the role and organization of…

What are Initiatives and Referendums?,

Rob Campbell

Currently, 24 states have some form of initiative and referendum process. Citizens can use the ballot initiative process to implement laws on their own; conversely, a referendum places an existing law to a popular vote. In this activity, students…