ERIC Number: ED540524
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1925
Reference Count: 7
Kindergarten Legislation. Bulletin, 1925, No. 7
Vandewalker, Nina C.
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior
The amount of legislation enacted for the improvement of school conditions during the past five years is one of the evidences that education is rising to higher levels. Better schools imply definite things--better buildings, trained teachers, a longer period of attendance, and new methods of school procedure. However, these cannot be had without added expenditure. The new legislation effected is a response in part to the need of larger revenues for school purposes, but a response also to the new sense of responsibility for giving children better educational opportunities than they have been given in the past. In addition to measures for securing larger funds, these programs have often included measures for the reorganization of the school courses and the extension of educational privilege to those either above or below the legal school age. In consequence, bills for establishing of kindergartens, or for the better support of those already established, are frequently included. To secure the kind of legislation that a State should have is by no means an easy matter. As kindergarten laws vary materially in different States, the efforts for their improvement call for careful thought. The change to be made in each State should be a problem by itself into which the existing law and certain conditions in the State itself must enter as factors. The effort for strengthening these laws in a given State should be directed toward the remedying of those defects which cause unfavorable conditions in that State. Following an Introduction, topics covered in this bulletin include: (1) The legal school age as a factor in kindergarten legislation; (2) Age for attendance--Where kindergartens may be established; (3) Sources of support; (4) The mandatory-on-petition type of law; (5) Urban and rural conditions and their bearing upon kindergarten progress and legislation; (6) Kindergarten teacher's certificates; and (7) Summary of kindergarten laws and suggestions for their improvement. (Contains 3 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Educational Legislation, Educational Improvement, Educational Facilities Improvement, School Buildings, Teacher Competencies, State Legislation, Legal Responsibility, Age Differences, Attendance, Urban Schools, Rural Schools, Educational Environment, Teacher Certification, Elementary School Teachers, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Taxes, Local Government, State Aid, Income
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Kindergarten
Authoring Institution: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Education (ED)