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The following is a comparison of the statistics for 1866 as far as collated at the present time, with the two preceding years. Further figures for the past year will be given at the close of the volume:

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Number of counties reporting,........

69
68

68 townships,

705
713

738 districts,

4,416 4,474 4,625 having graded schools,.

122
135

186 No. of children between 6 and 20 years of age,.

280,772 298,607 321.311 No. attending School, :

215,236 228,029 246,967 under 5 and over 20 years of age, 8,216 7,825 7,202 Average months of School in each district,..

6.2
6.2

6.2 Number of male teachers,.

1,816
1,326

1,687 female

7,000 7,466 7,496 Whole number of teachers,..

8,816

8,792 9,182 Average wages per month to male teachers,

$94 00 $41 77 $43 60 female

$16 68 $17 64

$18 44 Volumes reported in district libraries,..

96,403 95,677 79 699 Number added during the year,

8,827 6,109

6,116 Value of School-houses and sites,......

$2,086,872 00 $2,305,982 00 $2,864,991 00 Total wages of teachers,..

$591,245 33 $720,251 66 $814,861 87

SCHOOL REVENUES-RECEIPTS.

1864.

1865.

1868.

On hand at commencement of year,
Two mill tax,.....
Primary School Fund,
Rate bills,...
Tuition from non resident scholars,.
District taxes to pay teachers,.......
Other district taxes,..
Library moneys from ines,
Inspectors' fees, paid by townships,
From all other sources

$102,626 91
250,380 87
135,529 14
50,202 50
14,406 67
189,452 86
174,794 19
12,364 69

8,421 69
72,291 29

$142,938 52 $183,981 96 381,770 74 288,820 16 137 354 92 148,943 81 90,664 00 108,161 07 16,474 39 22,728 02 178,189 24 284,769 21 295,769 49 899,319 10 12,397 87 *16,946 64

84,085 48

189,780 48

Total resources for the year ,.....
Or, including the expense of board,.

$1,009,318 93 $1,289,674 66 $1,687 438 96

1,316,792 86 1,702,542 58

* Including only district libraries.

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For some years past, a slow but constant improvement in the correctness of the director's reports has been manifest, until the present year; in which the errors have become more numerous. For the character of these errors, reference is made to my report for 1865, pages 37-40. These errors cannot be attributed solely to the incompetency of the officers; for some of the worst blunders are made by “business men.” For instance, in one of the cities, the financial account does not balance into over four thousand dollars. The stockholders of a corporation would be likely to call such officers to an account; but who interests himself to know what becomes of the school money? The main cause of the evil complained of is, no doubt, mere negligence. Generally no pay and no honor accrues to a school officer; add the natural result is, his duties are neglected." It is believed that a remedy might be found in giving assessors 'a per centage upon the money passing through their hands, to be allowed by the inspectors only upon their making their annual account montbly; and such pay to directors as may be allowed by the inspectors, only upon their making out a correct annual report. Such remuneration would be only justice to faithful officers, and probably, money saved, in the aggregate, to the districts.

ORAMEL HOSFORD. Lansing, Dec. 1866.

APPENDIX.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN.

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Hox. O. HOSFORD, Supt of Public Instruction:

SIB-I have the honor to transmit herewith the TwentyEighth Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan, with the accompanying documents, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1866.

Very respectfully,
Your obd't servant,
JOHN H. BURLESON,

Sec'y Board of Regents.
ANN ARBOR, Nov. 26, 1866.

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