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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:

Compulsory 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

Wisconsin

Wyoming Territory

Enacted

1874

1882

1883

1874

1875

1873

1871

1873

1871

1875

1874

1877

1849

1854

1869

1875

1883

1864

1881

1877

1873

1873

Penalties

$20 to $50

.........

5 to 20

5 to 20

5

20

5 to 10

50 to 200

10 to 20

2 to $3 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

2/3 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 Commissioner 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 1854, Pennsylvania, in 1849, and the District of Columbia, 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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