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Proceedings of the Colored State Convention assembled in St. Paul's A. M. E. Church, Lexington, Ky., November 26.

1884KY-State-Lexington_Proceedings (19).pdf

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19 We here give the table of the States, date of enactments, penalties, and the time of attendance required:

Compulsary School Laws in Different States.

California Connecticut Illinois Kansas Maine Massachusetts Michigan Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New York Ohio Pennsylvania Rhode Island Vermont Arizona Dakota District of Columbia New Mexico Washington Territory Winsconsin Wyoming Territory


1874 1882 1883 1874 1875 1873 1871 1873 1871 1875 1874 1877 1849 1854 1869 1875 1888 1864 1881 1877 1873 1878


$20 to $50

5 to 20 5 to 20 5 20 5 to 10 50 to 200 10 to 20 2 to # per w'k 1 to 5 per w'k 2 to $10 50 20 10 to 20 50 to 200 3 to 10 Not exceed $20

$5 to $20 Not exceed $25

Required Attendance

2 school year 12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 20 weeks 16 weeks 16 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 14 weeks 14 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 16 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 20 weeks 24 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks

This table was taken from the report of the United States Commisioner Eaton, which show the Eastern and Western sections to have passed these laws.They represent the most prosperous States in the Union. They are also among the most enlightened, and are indeed noted for the most beneficent laws. The South has not a single State in the list. It is also notable that all these states, except Rhode Island, in 1864, have enacted these laws since the war. Let us now turn our attention to the question concerning.

Normal Schools As to the necessity of normal schools in a system of education, we need not insult your intelligence by debating their propriety or non-propriety. Their usefulness is universally accepted as a clinching argument in their favor. The fact however remains that Kentucky has none for her colored teachers' training. By referring to the Common School Report of 1880-1, by our very distinguished State Superintendent of Public Instruction, he says ( page 243): "To provide for the education of a

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