This article, added by the 1894 convention, expresses the state’s commitment to the principle of universal secular education and directs the legislature to implement and foster that principle.446 The significance of this commitment is highlighted by the fact that the responsibility for education is specifically exempted from the home rule powers granted to localities by Article IX (Art. IX, sec. 3(a)(1)). Except for an amendment in 1938 allowing the use of public funds for transportation to nonpublic schools and a 1962 amendment eliminating a common school fund...
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