Tea party targets schools for 'Constitution Week'

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MALTA, Idaho (AP) -- A national tea party group wants a conservative publishing house in Idaho to teach America's kids about the U.S. Constitution this coming school year.

The Tea Party Patriots, Georgia-based but claiming 1,000 chapters nationally, told members this month to remind teachers of a 2004 federal law requiring public schools to teach Constitution lessons every Sept. 17, commemorating the day the document was signed.

Critics are troubled by the push because the publisher of the materials, the National Center for Constitutional Studies, promotes the Constitution as a divinely inspired document.

A tea party official responded, saying, "they're eliminating God out of the whole political discussion 100 percent, which is going to the other extreme."