The Legislature shall, by general law, provide for the establishment, maintenance and support of free public schools upon such conditions and limitations as the Legislature may prescribe. The 1817 Constitution (Art. VI, sec. 16), and each one afterward, encouraged the development of education in Mississippi. Those exhortations rest upon the premise that a stable democracy depends on an enlightened citizenry. The Reconstruction Constitution first required the establishment of “a uniform system of public schools” (Art. VIII, sec. 1). And the 1890 document virtually...
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