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Executive Branch

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The United States Constitution organized our national government into three independent branches: executive, legislative, and judicial.

The President of the United States is the head of the executive branch. The president sees that the government runs smoothly and that the laws of the land are enforced and obeyed.

The President

  • The White House Site  
  • List of Presidents     
  • Presidency Project
    Sources for the study of the presidency, including election data, an extensive media archive, and online resources. 
  • American PresidentAn reference resource including the biographies of all the presidents and essays on the "president at work." A collection of presidential recordings dating to Franklin Roosevelt can be downloaded along with their accompanying transcripts. From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. 
  • Executive Branch: Who’s in the White House?
    Includes information about the work of the president, the cabinet, and congress, as well as impeachment and presidential fun. From Congress for Kids. 

National Elections

  • Voter Education Portal 
    Teaching materials and activities about the power of the individual's ballot. From National Student/Parent Mock Election.   

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      Justice Stevens’ authored nearly 400 majority opinions, many of them protecting the rights of education employees and students.  
    • Executive Branch
      Led by the President of the United States. 
    • Legislative Branch
      Resources for Teaching About the Legislative Branch of the Federal Government
    • Judicial Branch
      The system of courts that decides arguments about the meaning of laws, how they are applied, and whether they violate the Constitution.


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