The Rural Schools: Pages from the Biennial Report of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction of Indiana

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1900 - Rural schools - 170 pages
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Page 563 - That the child has been prevented from attending school by sickness or any unavoidable cause :
Page 563 - Interests of education and give all the scholars of the town as nearly equal advantages as may be practicable ; and said school board may use a portion of the school money, not exceeding twenty-five per cent, thereof, for the purpose of conveying scholars to and from such schools.
Page 565 - The schools are graded; everybody is converted to the plan. We encountered all the opposition found anywhere, but we asserted our sensible and legal rights, and accomplished the work. I see no way of bringing the country schools up but to consolidate them, making them worth seeing; then the people will be more likely to do their duty by visiting them.
Page 528 - It affords the broader companionship and culture that come from association. 8. It results in a better attendance of pupils, as proved by experience in towns where the plan has been thoroughly tried. 9. It leads to better school buildings, better equipment, a larger supply of books, charts, maps and apparatus. All these naturally follow a concentration of people, wealth and effort, and aid in making good schools.
Page 529 - Pupils are in better schoolhouses, where there is better heating, lighting, and ventilating, and more appliances of all kinds. 6. Better opportunity is afforded for special work in music, drawing, etc. 7. Cost in nearly all cases is reduced. Under this is included cost and maintenance of school buildings, apparatus, furniture, and tuition. 8. School year is often much longer. 9. Pupils are benefited by widened circle of acquaintance and the culture resulting therefrom.
Page 577 - The Kingsville experiment was made possible by a special act of the legislature passed for the benefit of this one town. This bill enacted that any township which by the census of 1890 had a population of not less than 1,710 nor more than 1,715 might appropriate funds for the conveyance of pupils in subdistricts.
Page 575 - Dakota has a law, and many are about convinced that where pupils live three or four miles away they could have better schools at less cost by conveying to central schools. I was informed that transportation has been begun, but have been unable to learn particulars or localities. The last legislature of Kansas passed a law providing that where pupils reside three or more miles from the schoolhouse district boards shall pay to the parent or guardian of such children a sum not to exceed 15 cents per...
Page 527 - ... 2. It affords an opportunity for thorough work in special branches, such as drawing, music and nature study. It also allows an enrichment in other lines.
Page 573 - Florida, is transporting 176 pupils at $303 per month, having closed fourteen schools. They began with two schools two years ago and the plan has been very popular. Extra teachers hired cost $145, making a total cost of $448, for what had before cost $490 per month, thus saving $42 per month.
Page 575 - In Maine the committee may transport or pay the board of pupils at a suitable place near any established school . Maine has 1,000 schools averaging less than thirteen pupils each. 'The fact that school districts have been abolished or that the school committee has suspended schools does not necessarily entitle public school children to conveyance.

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