Article 11, Arizona Constitution

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Article XI of the Arizona Constitution is entitled Education and contains sections 1-10, for a total of 10 sections, which describe the rights granted to the educational system of the state of Arizona and to what organizations these rights apply.[1]

Section 1

Text of Section 1:

Public School System; Education of Pupils Who Are Hearing and Vision Impaired

A. The legislature shall enact such laws as shall provide for the establishment and maintenance of a general and uniform public school system, which system shall include:
1. Kindergarten schools.
2. Common schools.
3. High schools.
4. Normal schools.
5. Industrial schools.
6. Universities, which shall include an agricultural college, a school of mines, and such other technical schools as may be essential, until such time as it may be deemed advisable to establish separate state institutions of such character.

B. The legislature shall also enact such laws as shall provide for the education and care of pupils who are hearing and vision impaired.[1][2]


Ratified on November 7, 2000 via voter approval of Proposition 101.

Section 2

Text of Section 2:

Conduct and Supervision of School System

The general conduct and supervision of the public school system shall be vested in a state board of education, a state superintendent of public instruction, county school superintendents, and such governing boards for the state institutions as may be provided by law.[1][2]

Section 3

Text of Section 3:

State Board of Education; Composition; Powers and Duties; Compensation

The state board of education shall be composed of the following members: the superintendent of public instruction, the president of a state university or a state college, four lay members, a president or chancellor of a community college district, a person who is an owner or administrator of a charter school, a superintendent of a high school district, a classroom teacher and a county school superintendent. Each member, other than the superintendent of public instruction, shall be appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate in the manner prescribed by law. The powers, duties, compensation and expenses, and the terms of office, of the board shall be such as may be prescribed by law.[1][2]


Ratified on November 2, 2004 via voter approval of Proposition 105.

Section 4

Text of Section 4:

State Superintendent of Public Instruction; Board Membership; Powers and Duties

The state superintendent of public instruction shall be a member, and secretary, of the state board of education, and, ex-officio, a member of any other board having control of public instruction in any state institution. His powers and duties shall be prescribed by law.[1][2]

Section 5

Text of Section 5:

Regents of University and Other Governing Boards; Appointments by Governor; Membership of Governor on Board of Regents

The regents of the university, and the governing boards of other state educational institutions, shall be appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate in the manner prescribed by law, except that the governor shall be, ex-officio, a member of the board of regents of the university.[1][2]

Section 6

Text of Section 6:

Admission of students of both sexes to state educational institutions; tuition; common school system

The university and all other state educational institutions shall be open to students of both sexes, and the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible. The legislature shall provide for a system of common schools by which a free school shall be established and maintained in every school district for at least six months in each year, which school shall be open to all pupils between the ages of six and twenty-one years.[1][2]

Section 7

Text of Section 7:

Sectarian instruction; religious or political test or qualification

No sectarian instruction shall be imparted in any school or state educational institution that may be established under this Constitution, and no religious or political test or qualification shall ever be required as a condition of admission into any public educational institution of the state, as teacher, student, or pupil; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be so construed as to justify practices or conduct inconsistent with the good order, peace, morality, or safety of the state, or with the rights of others.[1][2]

Section 8

Text of Section 8:

Permanent state school fund; source; apportionment of state funds

A. A permanent state school fund for the use of the common schools shall be derived from the sale of public school lands or other public lands specified in the enabling act approved June 20, 1910; from all estates or distributive shares of estates that may escheat to the state; from all unclaimed shares and dividends of any corporation incorporated under the laws of Arizona; and from all gifts, devises, or bequests made to the state for general educational purposes.

B. The rental derived from school lands, with such other funds as may be provided by law shall be apportioned only for common and high school education in Arizona, and in such manner as may be prescribed by law.[1][2]


Ratified on November 3, 1998 via voter approval of Proposition 102.

Section 9

Text of Section 9:

County school fund; size of fund; free schools

The amount of this apportionment shall become a part of the county school fund, and the legislature shall enact such laws as will provide for increasing the county fund sufficiently to maintain all the public schools of the county for a minimum term of six months in every school year. The laws of the state shall enable cities and towns to maintain free high schools, industrial schools, and commercial schools.[1][2]

Section 10

Text of Section 10:

Source of revenue for maintenance of state educational institutions

The revenue for the maintenance of the respective state educational institutions shall be derived from the investment of the proceeds of the sale, and from the rental of such lands as have been set aside by the enabling act approved June 20, 1910, or other legislative enactment of the United States, for the use and benefit of the respective state educational institutions. In addition to such income the legislature shall make such appropriations, to be met by taxation, as shall insure the proper maintenance of all state educational institutions, and shall make such special appropriations as shall provide for their development and improvement.[1][2]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Arizona State Legislature, "Arizona Constitution," accessed March 26, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.