Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools, libraries, and the means of education shall forever be encouraged. The declaration of rights, in a section new in 1868, proclaimed the people’s “right to the privilege of education” (Article I, Section 15). Article IX implements that right, leading off with a general statement on the utility of knowledge (as well as religion and morality) copied from the venerable Northwest Ordinance of 1787.47 1. General and uniform system; term. The General Assembly shall...
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