Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Basic Education 101

The legislators' proposed cuts are severe and we are concerned about the state's ability to meet its constitutional duty. Here is a primer on Basic Education.

The State Constitution provides that:
  • "It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders…" (Article IX, Section 1), and, 
  • "The legislature shall provide for a general and uniform system of public schools. …" (Article IX, Section 2);
The courts have held:
In School Funding I and II the court interpreted these articles of the State Constitution and established important funding principles for the state, including that: