ERIC Number: ED542638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1916
Reference Count: 0
Minimum School-Term Regulations. Bulletin, 1916, No. 42
Muerman, J. C.
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior
The efforts of county, State, and National officials and of States in all parts of the country to provide opportunities of education for children outside the cities and larger towns have stimulated a general interest in the required length of the school term, and the desire for the requirement of a minimum school term sufficient to enable all children in all communities to acquire at least a good elementary education. Forty-four States have established by law a minimum term of from 60 to 180 days' schooling for each organized school district. Four States have no minimum requirement laws, but one of these has maintained the longest average term in the United States for over ten years. Within the past three years, 12 States have added from 10 to 60 days to the legal requirement of a minimum school term. Some of the factors that have operated in favor of a longer school term are the phenomenal growth of the public high schools, the development of State financial aid for weak districts, equalization funds, and penalties for not maintaining a minimum term required by law. This bulletin presents the general condition in the States, including the length of session in days and the minimum-term regulations in the various States. [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Educational History, Educational Policy, Compulsory Education, Attendance, State Policy, State Regulation, School Schedules, School Organization, School Administration, School Attendance Legislation, School Law, Rural Schools, Urban Schools, Rural Urban Differences, Educational Trends, Public Schools, Educational Finance, State Aid, State School District Relationship
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Education (ED)