Bright Light: North Carolina’s Constitutional Priority on Education
26 September 2015 - 23:47, by , in Bright Lights, Comments off

North Carolina has placed a high priority on education since its founding. We were one of the first states to lay the groundwork for public education in the nineteenth century, and we have one of the strongest legal foundations for public education in the nation. In the state’s Reconstruction Constitution of 1868, we recognized that “The people have a right to the privilege of education, and it is the duty of the State to guard and maintain that right.” Our Constitution provides further that “The General Assembly shall provide by taxation and otherwise for a general and uniform system of free public schools… wherein equal opportunities shall be provided for all students.”

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