Indiana’s Constitution Calls For Free Public Schools

1816

After Congress grants statehood to the Territory of Indiana, state delegates create a constitution that includes a provision for free public schools. “Knowledge and learning, generally diffused throughout a community, being essential to the preservation of a free government; it shall be the duty of the General Assembly to encourage, by all suitable means, moral, intellectual, scientific, and agricultural improvement; and to provide, by law, for a general and uniform system of Common Schools, wherein tuition shall be without charge, and equally open to all.”