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THIRTY-NINTH ANNUAL REPORT

OF THE

BOARD OF EDUCATION,

TOGETHER WITH THE

THIRTY-NINTH ANNUAL REPORT

OF THE

SECRETARY OF THE BOARD.

1874-75.

JANUARY, 1876.

BOSTON:
WRIGHT & POTTER, STATE PRINTERS,
79 MILK STREET (CORNER OF FEDERAL).

1876.

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1874-75 CONTENTS

ANNUAL REPORT

The Board of Education respectfully submits to the legislature its Thirty-Ninth Annual Report.

On the nineteenth day of May, 1875, the following Resolve was approved :

[Chap. 76.] Resolve in relation to the Massachusetts School Fund. Resolved, That the commissioners of the Massachusetts school fund be, and they hereby are, authorized and directed to cancel to the board of education its obligations now held by said fund, for fifty-three thousand dollars, given pursuant to sundry resolves heretofore passed, for the erection of boarding-houses connected with the normal schools at Bridgewater and Framingham; and that the board of education be, and they hereby are, requested to include in their next annual report, a full statement of the facts with regard to said obligations and of their opinions and recommendations of the policy which in their judgment should be adopted with regard to the increase or limitation of the school fund, and the best manner of meeting expenditures for educational purposes, and the reasons in favor of such policy. [Approved May 19, 1875.

In complying with the request contained in the foregoing Resolve, it may not be inappropriate to give a brief sketch of the action of the Colonies included within the limits of what is now the State of Massachusetts, and the action of the Commonwealth after the formation of the State in the matter of the education of the children.

Of a period more than one hundred years prior to the Declaration of Independence, it is said, "Both in the Massachu

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