Proposed Legislative Amendment on Education
- Requires legislature to establish and define a system of higher education encompassing public and private schools by programs which may include free tuition, grants, fellowships and scholarships.
Section 1. This article continues the present system of free public education below the college level and requires the legislature to make annual appropriations therefor. It requires the legislature to establish and define a system of higher education, encompassing both public and private institutions, by programs which may include free tuition, grants, fellowships and scholarships.
Section 1. a. The legislature shall annually make adequate provision for the maintenance and support of a system of free public schools below the college level wherein all the people of the state may be educated.
b. (l) The legislature shall establish and define a system of higher education for all the people of the state, encompassing both public and non-public institutions, by programs which may include free tuition, grants, fellowships, and scholarships.
(2) In the event that the state shall hereafter relieve students at public institutions of higher learning from the obligation of paying tuition and other fees for attendance thereat and, as a result of such action, any such institution or any other instrumentality of the state is unable to meet its contractual obligations to any state agency which has issued any bonds, notes or other obligations on the security, directly or indirectly, of a pledge of such revenues, then, and in that event, notwithstanding any other provision of this constitution such contractual obligations shall become debts of the state and the state shall be liable thereon to the extent necessary to discharge such contractual obligations until such time as such bonds, notes or other obligations are paid and discharged.
c. Equality of educational opportunity shall be guaranteed to all the people of the state. The legislature shall provide necessary programs to develop the educational potential of each person.
d. In any law apportioning state aid to school districts, the basis of computing the number of pupils shall be the registration thereof and such law shall also take into account both the special educational needs, if any, of the students in each district and the total local tax burden of the taxpayers of each district.
In 1967, the New York State Constitutional Convention proposed a whole new Constitution that contained this provision and these changes to a vote of the people of the State of New York at the General Election asking "Shall the proposed new Constitution, adopted by the Constitutional Convention, and the Resolution submitting same, be approved?" The Constitution as a whole was voted down by the people, which included these changes.
Learn more on our page devoted to the 1967 Convention. The Proceedings of the Convention are available from the New York State Library and you can downloadhttp://effectiveny.org/sites/all/modules/contrib/extlink/extlink.png); background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: initial; background-position: 100% 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; "> a PDF copy of the Constitution proposed by the 1967 Constitutional Convention.