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A Response To:  Indiana Commission on Mental Health

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“School-to-Work” a stupid idea

What’s Wrong with School-to-Work?

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The Indiana State Constitution

The present Indiana State Constitution was approved by the voters in 1851. It has stood strong, acted as the cap of all our laws and protected the citizens of Indiana throughout those more than one hundred and fifty years. Today it is under attack as it has never before in all its history. Of all those things it limits and defines none are as important as the public education system it defines. It instructs the Indiana General Assembly to install a general and uniform school system throughout the state. The Article that defines the school system:

Article VIII, Section 1: Knowledge and learning, general 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 provide, by law, for a general and uniform system of Common Schools, wherein tuition shall be without charge, and equally open to all.

This short paragraph defines the envisioned school system and directs the General Assembly to ensure that the school system is established throughout the state, general, and that each school shall offer the same curriculum, uniform.

That’s all it says and that is plenty. It defines the school system that is to be set up by the General Assembly and in that short statement explicitly states that the system shall be uniform. Each student, anywhere in the state, shall have the right to expect the same education no matter which school he attends, be it Indianapolis Public School system or Dime Box, Indiana. It is also binding both ways. The General Assembly has the responsibility to set up the system, therefore the school system is responsible to, and is bound to receive its support only from the General Assembly. The General Assembly may not delegate its Constitutionally delegated responsibility to any other forum. If the Constitution binds the General Assembly to set up the school system then that school system is as well responsible to the General Assembly and may not accept control from any outside source. That includes the federal government.

Click here to read the Sen. Garton series of letters

Click here to read a brief history of School-to-Work

Click here to read a “Discussion of Smaller Learning Centers”