The General Assembly shall, by appropriate legislation, provide for an efficient system of common schools throughout the State. There is very little in the published debates of the constitutional convention of 1890–91 that directly sheds light on what the delegates specifically meant by the very simple and succinct language of Section 183, which was newly introduced to the current constitution. Most of the discussion concerned an unsuccessful attempt to amend the section to provide for a compulsory system of public education. Supporters of the amendment argued...
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