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ERIC Number: ED542744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1944
Reference Count: 0
State Provisions for Free Textbooks and Instructional Materials. Bulletin, 1944, No. 1
Proffitt, Maris M.
US Office of Education, Federal Security Agency
Since the establishment of "Free Schools" in the various States the conception of the term "free" has been constantly broadened to include more and more materials and services to pupils. This is especially true for instructional materials needed by pupils individually for participation in the school program. In the beginning, textbooks and other necessary pupil materials were furnished free only to indigent children, as it was regarded to be the parent's responsibility to furnish such materials for his own children. However, as public sentiment favoring increased provisions for child welfare grew, States began to enact legislation concerning free textbooks, to be followed later by legal provisions for other instructional materials. As a result of this situation and the apparently increasing interest in provisions for free instructional materials, the U.S. Office of Education receives many inquiries for information on the practices in the different States. This publication reports a study made for the purpose of securing that information. (Contains 53 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Child Welfare, State Legislation, Textbooks, Instructional Materials, Compulsory Education, Costs, State Aid, Expenditures, Elementary Secondary Education
US Office of Education, Federal Security Agency.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Federal Security Agency, US Office of Education (ED)