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SCHOOL LAWS OF MICHIGAN:

WITH

NOTES AND FORMS.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED

ELEMENTS OF SCHOOL ARCHITECTURE, &C.,

WITH LISTS OF

TEXT BOOKS AND LIBRARY BOOKS.

JOHN M. GREGORY,

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION.

LANSING:

Hosmer & Kerr, Printers to the State.

1859.
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INTRODUCTORY.

TO SCHOOL OFFICERS :

OFFICE OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION,

Lansing, Mich., August 1st, 1859.

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The large and excellent edition of the Primary School Laws, prepared by Hon. FRANCIS W. SHEARMAN, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and published in 1852, has now been, for some time, exhausted. The wants of the new Districts, and the many important changes made in the laws themselves, demand the issue of a new edition. To meet this demand, my immediate predecessor undertook the preparation of this volume. While it was yet unbound, his term of office expired, and the Legislature of 1859, which assembled immediately afterwards, committed the work to the hands of the present Superintendent.

The numerous amendments and additions made to the School Laws by this Legislature, rendered it necessary to print this part of the volume anew, and some further delay was found necessary to allow time for the preparation of the Notes, which will be found accompanying the Law.

These Notes have been prepared with much care, and with an especial reference in many cases to the questions which have arisen in the Districts, and have been sent up to this Department for decision. It is hoped that they will render the administration of the law, by the various officers concerned therein, easier and more certain. The "Forms for proceedings under the School Law," are retained as prepared by Mr. MAYHEW, the first leaf only of that part of the volume having been reprinted. It will be observed that Forms No. XVI and No. XVII, have become obsolete by a change in the laws. Several of the remarks under the different Forms, are also obsolete. The true construction of the law will be found by referring to the Notes under the several sections.

The Articles entitled The Primary Schools of Michigan, and their Funds; The State Normal School, and its Funds; The University of Michigan, and its Funds; The State Agricultural College; House of Correction for Juvenile Offenders; Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb and Blind, in the first part of the volume, and that on the Primary School System, in the third part, were prepared at the suggestion and request of the late Superintendent, by CORTLAND B. STEBBINS, Esq., the present worthy Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction. These articles will be found to contain information of great interest and value. This information was scattered through the public documents

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