Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged. The language of section 1 is drawn from the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. Neither the Constitution of 1835 or the Constitution of 1850 contained a similar declaration of principle. The language of section 1 was placed into the constitution in 1908 and was carried over to the 1963 Constitution unchanged. Section 1 serves two purposes. First, this section is used to underscore the importance of education in...
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