How it All Started
Before the United States had a Constitution, elected officials at the time advocated for a national public education system on “equal footing for all”.
The Land Ordinance of 1785, established a way to help fund public education by giving states sections of land for this purpose as they entered the union. Today there are 21 states in the U.S. that have these special trust lands.
“A strong democracy is founded upon education for all.”
– Thomas Jefferson