Proposed Legislative Amendment on Education

Amendment Purpose: 
1967 Constitutional Convention Amendment: Eliminates prohibition against aid to denominational schools
Summary of Amendment: 
  • Eliminates the prohibition against direct or indirect aid to denominational schools, but such aid is subject to the restrictions of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution which are incorporated in Article I of this constitution. 

Article IX

Education

Section 3 .Equality of educational opportunity is guaranteed to all the people of the state and discrimination by reason of race, religion or national origin in admission to any school which receives public funds is prohibited.

Section 4. The article does not include the existing prohibition against direct or indirect aid to denominational schools, but such aid is subject to the restrictions of the first amendment of the United States Constitution which are incorporated in Article I of this constitution

Legislative Amendment Text: 

Article IX

Education

§ 2. Discrimination in the admission to any school in this state supported in whole or in part by public funds by reason of race, religion or national origin shall be prohibited. 

Legislative History: 

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. 

 

 

 

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