First Amendment Project

Educators looking for imaginative approaches to enhance their mandated civics requirements might consider a program launched last year by the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government (CFOG).

Under the free CFOG First Amendment Project, teams of lawyers and journalists visit participating high school classes to discuss the history and practical applications of First Amendment, Freedom of Information and Open Government policies.

These lively, knowledgeable and interactive sessions drew very positive results and CFOG plans to expand the program to even more high schools during the current academic year. Among the high schools participating in the inaugural year of the program were East Lyme High School and Lyman Hall in Wallingford. To increase awareness of the long-hallowed rights, presenters will not only examine the history of Free Speech in America but examine ways that citizens – including students – can utilize laws and regulations to protect their speech and get access to information being closely held by the government.

Since participation will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, contact Mitchell Pearlman at

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“The Stories Behind the Biggest Stories of 2017”

Save the Date!  January 9, 2018  –  Details coming soon.

Did you attend last year? The Stories Behind the Biggest Stories of 2016 & The Storms on the 2017 Horizon”

Watch the CT-N video of the discussion led by a panel of journalists, via the link below:

The Stories Behind the Biggest Stories of 2016 & The Storms on the 2017 Horizon

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Annual Essay Contest for High School Students

Learn more about the essay contest on right to know and open government issues, and read contest winning essays from recent years.








For more information about CFOG programs and initiatives, please contact us.