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ERIC Number: EJ1158783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1535-0584
Resurrection of Lower Valley School
Currens, Kimberly
American Educational History Journal, v44 n2 p29-47 2017
In 1935, as part of a relief project funded by the Works Progress Administration (WPA 65-66-7752), the State of Texas undertook a statistical and research study of the Texas Public School situation with particular attention to be paid to the efficiency of the existing organization of administrative units, adequacy of public school plants, and the problems, and sources of amounts of school support with the possibility of more equitable distribution of state school monies (SBE 1937, v). Representatives of the state visited more than 11,000 schools in the next two years (1935-1936). District 33 Lower Valley School in Guadalupe County, located in central Texas northeast of San Antonio, was among the 1,490 one-, two-, and three-teacher schools visited. For the 1934-35 school year, District 33 had ninety-seven school aged children within its boundaries; fifty-nine of these children were enrolled in school with an average daily attendance of forty-four days. The school had two teachers who taught children in seven grades for one hundred and seventy-five days over nine months (from Tables 1(a) and 1(b)). The story of Lower Valley School typifies the experience of many one-and two-teacher schools. This article presents the story of Lower Valley School as a story of hope, desire and reality as population, and economics changed the landscape in rural communities in 20th century Texas.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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