1. [Free non-sectarian schools.] The Legislature shall provide for the
establishment and maintenance of a uniform system of public schools,
which shall be open to all children of the State, and be free from sectarian
2. [Public school system. Maintenance.] The Public School system shall
include kindergarten schools; common schools, consisting of primary
and grammar grades; high schools; an Agricultural College; a University,
and such other schools as the Legislature may establish. The common
schools shall be free. The other departments of the system shall be
supported as provided by law: Provided, That high schools may be maintained
free in all cities of the first and second class now constituting school
districts, and in such other cities and districts as may be designated
by the Legislature. But where the proportion of school monies apportioned
or accruing to any city or district shall not be sufficient to maintain
all the free schools in such city or district, the high schools shall
be supported by local taxation.
3. [State school fund. Interest distributed.] The proceeds of all lands
that have been, or may be granted by the United States to this State,
for the support of the common schools; the proceeds of all property
that may accrue to the State by escheat or forfeiture; all unclaimed
shares and dividends of any corporation incorporated under the laws
of this State; the proceeds of the sale of timber, minerals or other
property from school and State lands, other than those granted for specific
purposes; and the five per centum of the net proceeds of the sales of
public lands lying within the State, which shall be sold by the United
States, subsequent to the admission of this State into the Union, shall
be and remain a perpetual fund, to be called the State School Fund,
the interest of which only, together with such other means as the Legislature
may provide, shall be distributed among the several school districts
according to the school population residing therein.
4. [University and agricultural college located. Rights, etc.] The location
and establishment by existing laws of the University of Utah, and the
Agricultural College are hereby confirmed, and all the rights, immunities,
franchises and endowments heretofore granted or conferred, are hereby
perpetuated unto said University and Agricultural College respectively.
5. [Proceeds of land grants to constitute permanent funds.] The proceeds
of the sale of lands reserved by an Act of Congress, approved February
21st, 1855, for the establishment of the University of Utah, and of
all the lands granted by an Act of Congress, approved July 16th, 1894,
shall constitute permanent funds, to be safely invested and held by
the State; and the income thereof shall be used exclusively for the
support and maintenance of the different institutions and colleges,
respectively, in accordance with the requirements and conditions of
said Acts of Congress.
6. [Separate control of city schools.] In cities of the first and second
class, the public school system shall be maintained and controlled,
by the Board of Education of such cities, separate and apart from the
counties in which said cities are located.
7. [School funds guaranteed by state.] All public School Funds shall
be guaranteed by the State against loss or diversion.
8. [State board of education.] The general control and supervision of
the Public School System shall be vested in a State Board of Education,
consisting of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and such other
persons as the Legislature may provide.
9. [Textbooks.] Neither the Legislature nor the State Board of Education
shall have power to prescribe textbooks to be used in the common schools.
10. [Institutions for deaf, dumb and blind. Property. Fund.] Institutions
for the Deaf and Dumb, and for the Blind, are hereby established. All
property belonging to the School for the Deaf and Dumb, heretofore connected
with the University of Utah, shall be transferred to said Institution
for the Deaf and Dumb. All the proceeds of the lands granted by the
United States, for the support of a Deaf and Dumb Asylum, and for an
Institution for the Blind, shall be a perpetual fund for the maintenance
of said Institutions. It shall be a trust fund, the principal of which
shall remain inviolate, guaranteed by the state against loss or diversion.
11. [Metric system.] The Metric System shall be taught in the public
schools of the State.
12. [No religious or partisan tests in schools.] Neither religious nor
partisan test or qualification shall be required of any person, as a
condition of admission, as teacher or student, into any public educational
institution of the State.
13. [Public aid to church schools forbidden.] Neither the Legislature
nor any county, city, town, school district or other public corporation,
shall make any appropriation to aid in the support of any school, seminary,
academy, college, university or other institution, controlled in whole,
or in part, by any church, sect or denomination whatever.