From the daily archives: Friday, May 9, 2014

Just over 160 years ago the delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1850-1851 faced a serious question regarding the public common school system.  Should the convention adopt a provision to require the legislature to develop and maintain a high quality common school system or leave the prospect of public education to the sole discretion of the legislature?  After prolonged and vigorous debate, the Convention approved the provision that requires the General Assembly to secure a thorough and efficient system of common schools.

The thorough and efficient standard was adopted to protect school children from substandard or non-existent educational programming.  It […]

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