ERIC Number: ED540629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1924
Reference Count: 0
Free Textbooks for Public-School Pupils. Bulletin, 1923, No. 50
Hood, William R.
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior
It is now more than a hundred years since textbooks were first furnished free to the pupils of a public school in this country. The movement began in the administration of city schools and, generally speaking, was confined to cities for many years. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, made provision for free textbooks in its public schools in 1818, and other cities, nearly all in States of the North Atlantic seaboard, followed in the course of the next half-century. Contents of this bulletin include the following: (1) Inception of the Movement; (2) Books for Indigent Pupils; (3) Arguments for Free Textbooks; (4) Arguments against Free Textbooks; (5) Cost of Textbooks; (6) The Practice in States Where the Law Is Permissive and Not Mandatory; and (7) State Laws Providing for Free Textbooks. (Contains 3 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Public Schools, Laws, Textbooks, Educational History, Disadvantaged Youth, Costs, Educational Legislation, State Legislation
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Education (ED)