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COMMON SCHOOL SYSTEM
STATE OF NEW-YORK:
TOGETHER WITH THE
FORMS, INSTRUCTIONS, AND DECISIONS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT,
TO THE SEVERAL CITIES &c.; AND A SKETCH OF THE ORIGIN,
By S. S. RANDALL,
GENERAL DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT OF COMMON SCHOOLS.
PRINTED BY C. VAN BENTHUYSEN & Co.
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION.
[Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1844, by S. S. RANDALL, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New-York.]
IN submitting the following work to the inhabitants and officers of school districts, the various town and county officers charged with the local administration of the common school system in its several departments, and the public generally, the compiler has been actuated by an earnest desire to diffuse as widely as possible, a more thorough and accurate knowledge of the history and details of that system than has hitherto appeared. Having been connected with the department of common schools for the past seven years, during which period three successive Superintendents have been in office, and the system has undergone numerous important modifications, the necessary materials for a complete digest of its various provisions, as well as for the requisite adaptation of the numerous expositions, decisions, and instructions of the department, to the present state of the law, were probably more fully within his reach than that of any other individual.
The volume of Laws and Decisions prepared and published by Gen. Dix in 1837, however valuable for its intrinsic interest, and for its clear and lucid exposition of the fundamental principles of our system of public instruction, has become to a very great extent inapplicable to the existing details of that system; and where relied upon as a guide, by officers of districts, of towns and counties, must necessarily embarrass and mislead. The compiler of the present work has therefore deemed it his duty to obviate this result so far as may be in his power, by giving first, a general abstract of the existing provisions of law in reference to the powers, duties and liabilities of each class of officers connected with the administration of the system, and of the inhabitants of the several school districts; and secondly, a digested view under each head, of the various instructions, expositions, and decisions of the department, or rather of the principles of such instructions and decisions, in their application to the law as it now stands: followed by a condensed abstract of the various local provisions applicable to the several cities and larger towns.