MONMOUTH SCHOOL HISTORY
By James C. Burns, Superintendent 1888-190l
If necessity compels the historian to divide his narrative into periods, necessity has been kind to the chronicler of these events, in that he finds the divisions already made ere he enters upon his task. These divisions are not arbitrary, but are the result of legislation or the great movements in educational affairs
The first period in the history of the schools of Monmouth begins in 1831 with the sale of the sixteenth section of Congress land, thus creating a township fund for the support of schools, and extends to 1855 when the main features of the present school laws were enacted.
The second period begins in 1855 and extends to about 1888, when the schools fell under those great influences known as the New Education.
The third period extends from 1888 to the present time(1901).
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