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List of school officers in Missouri, &c.-Continued.
S. R. Wright....
D. L. Hinckley.
Warren Washington. Wayne... Webster Worth
Hon. S. D. BEALS, superintendent of public instruction, Lincoln.
This Bureau having failed in many and repeated efforts to procure an educational report, no statement of the condition of schools in Nebraska can be presented.
As in the case of Arizona Territory, no reply has been received to any of the communications which have been addressed to persons supposed to be interested in educa
Fourth annual report, for the year 1868; the Hon. A. N. Fisher, superintendent. Notwithstanding the peculiar disadvantages incident to the settlement of a mineral country, public schools, mainly free, are established in every populous, district, and during the past two years have been taught for a greater average number of months, with one or two possible exceptions, at a greater expense per census child, by teachers employed at a larger average salary, than elsewhere in the United States. The average length of time during which public schools were maintained in the State during the past year, was 7.28 months. The average monthly wages of teachers is: males, $157 41; females, $107 28. The amount of the State school fund in 1868 was $23,000. The constitution of the State provides that "all proceeds of lands granted by the United States to the State of Nevada are hereby solemnly pledged for educational purposes, and shall not be transferred to any other fund for any other uses." This fund is also increased by all fines collected under the penal laws of the State, 2 per cent. of the gross proceeds of toll roads and bridges, all estates that may escheat to the State, and 5 per cent. of proceeds of lands sold within the State by the General Government. This fund can be used for no other purpose than the payment of teachers' wages.
BOARD OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION.
The general control of schools is vested in a State superintendent of public instruction, who, with the governor and State surveyor, form a board of public instruction. The governor is president and the superintendent is secretary of this body. The superintendent holds office for four years, and receives a salary of $2,000 yearly, and his traveling expenses. It is his duty to apportion State moneys, furnish instruction to school officers, and visit each county once a year. County affairs are managed by the county superintendent, who is elected for two years.
The school law provides that "negroes, Mongolians, and Indians shall not be admitted into the public schools; but the board of trustees of any district may establish a separate school for their education, and use the public-school funds for support of the same." This interdict mainly affects the negro race, since neither Mongolian nor Indian children, except a few living in white families, manifest any desire to attend the public schools, and, there being but few colored people in any single locality, the permissive provision is practically inoperative. "But one colored school has been attempted in the State during the year, and it was soon discontinued, on account of extraordinary expense. As few of the colored race are able to afford private tuition, we have growing up among us juvenile pariahs, condemned by our State to ignorance and its attendant vices. We believe this inhibition unwise, unjust, and unconstitutional."
Number of children in the State:
Between six and eighteen years
Attending public schools.....
Number of schools in the State
Number of school districts..
Number of male teachers
Number of female teachers..
Valuation of school-houses and furniture
Valuation of apparatus....
Valuation of school libraries..
List of school officers.
Hon. A. N. FISHER, superintendent of public instruction, Dayton.
$39, 331 41
$263 87 $450 00