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law. In the great majority of cases the opposition of the parent arises from his unwillingness to purchase books. Our law should be 80 amended as to give to boards authority to provide the necessary books for all but primary or beginning classes. With this provision there is no room for doubt that the law would be generally and well observed.

The law needs amending in other important respects. The county superintendent is required to include in his report to the Superin: tendent of Public Instruction, the manner and extent to which the requirements of the statute are complied with in the schools under his charge. It is nowhere made the duty of district secretaries to furnish the county superintendent with the information necessary to make this report. The secretary should be required to forward to the county superintendent an official transcript of the action of the board, making the provisions required by law, and these transoripts should be kept on file subject to the order of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in case of complaints or charges from patrons of the district, or what would serve a better purpose, they should be upon suitable forms and transmitted as a part of the annual report to the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The law provides that the secretaries of cities and towns shall report directly to the Superintendent of Public Instruction as to the observance of the law in their respective town and city schools. This is unwise, because cumbersome, impracticable. There is nor can be no uniformity about such reports, and it is frequently impossible to determine from such reports whether the law has been complied with or not. These secretaries should be required to make their reports through the county superintendent. They can then be condensed and their value as indicating what action has been taken, very accurately determined at a glance. Superintendents of all educational institutions should also report to the superintendeuts of the counties in which they are situated.

The language of the statute is not clear as to the application of the penalty clause. Section 2 of the act referred to is as follows :

SEC. 2. It shall be the duty of all boards of directors of schools and of boards of trustees, and of county superintendents in the case of normal institutes, to see to the observance of this statute and make provision therefor and it is especially enjoined on the county superintendent of each county that he include in his report to the Super

intendent of Public Instruction the manner and extent to which the requirements of section one of this act are complied with in the schools and institutes under his charge, and the secretary of school boards in cities and towns is especially charged with the duty of reporting to the Superintendent of Public Instruction as to the observance of said section one hereof, in their respective town and city schools, and only such schools and educational institutions reporting compliance, as above required, shall receive the proportion of school funds or allowance of public money to which they would be otherwise entitled.

The reference to the district schools seems to close with the words “under his charge” in the eighth line, and that which follows seems to relate to town and city schools. The words " and only such schools and educational institutions reporting compliance," do not clearly apply to schools under charge of county superintendente, not in cities and towns. The intention of the law is, no doubt, that where the law iħ question is not carried out in any district, whether town, city, or country district, the apportionment shall be forfeited, but this is by no means clearly stated.

The law does not set forth as clearly as it should just how forfeiture is to be worked. It nowhere provides that the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to whom the reports from counties and districts are to be sent, shall report to the Auditor of State a failure on the part of any district to comply with the law, nor does it authorize the Auditor to take cognizance of such report and withhold the semiannual apportionment should such report be made. If the Auditor should withhold any portion of the apportionment, he must deduct the portion going to a particular district from the entire amount going to a county.

Should this be done, the law should provide that the Auditor of State should officially notify the auditor of the county that the apportionment of a certain district has been withheld for a failure to comply with the law, and should require the county auditor upon such notification to withhold the same from the district so failing.

STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS.

The State Board of Examiners was established in 1882 by act of the Nineteenth General Assembly. Since its organization it has held fourteen (14) examinations in all. Sixty-nine State certificates and thirty-eight State diplomas have been granted.

The following is a statement of the date and place of holding

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these examinations, with a list of the names of persons to whom certificates and diplomas have been granted.

Below will also be found a statement of all fees received which have been covered into the treasury of the State as the law directs. Following this is a statement of all warrants issued on behalf of the Board of Examiners.

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STATE CERTIFICATES.

EXAMINATION

HELD AT.

TO WHOM ISSUED.

DATE OF CERTIFICATE.

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Cedar Falls.. Codar Falls... Cedar Falls. Burlington Burlington Burlington Burlington Des Moines. Council Bluffs. Council Bluffs... Council Bluffs.. Fort Dodge... Fort Dodgo.. Creston.. Creston, Creston... Des Moines. Des Moines. Des Moines. Des Moines. Des Moines, Des Moines. Des Moines. Des Moines. Des Moines. Des Moines. Des Moines. Des Moines... Des Moines. Des Moines. Des Moines. Des Moines. Cedar Falls. Cedar Falls. Cedar Falls.. Cedar Falls.. Cedar Falls.. Cedar Falls. Cedar Falls.. Cedar Falls.. Cedar Falls.. Cedar Falls... Cedar Falls... Cedar Falls... Cedar Falls. Cedar Falls. Cedar Falls, Cedar Falls.. Cedar Falls.. Cedar Falls....

W. D. Benham Edgar F. Bedeli Ernest R. Nichols M. J. Pusey. A. B. Carroll Oscar McKim Nicholas Messer. Josiah Kline J. M. Rooker.. Rachel Bunnell Anna O. Temple Frank L. Paine. E. A. Kirkpatrick.. Willis E. Hine.. Susie S Sivers. Gertrude Wheeler.. F. L. Coombs... H. Olerich, Jr. Lavinia Warr Daniel McKenna L. E. Craighead L.J. Hancock.... J. A. Hornberger. J. W. W. Laird Elizabeth Lyon.. C. W. Martindale T. B. Miller C. E. Shelton.. W. I. Simpson.. H. A. Simons. C. R. Buchanan Horace T. Bushnell Maria E. Ridley.. Susie E. Mack.. Mary J. Palmer. Jerome J. McMahon Minnie V. Wynkoop. Jennio M. Hogg Nellie Hearst.... Thomas H. Lytle.. Elmer E. Harrison Bridgie Cunningham Laura M. Monlux James Alderson. W.O. Cummings. William T. Dick. Livingston Morris. George 8. Dick.. George H. McManus... Sarah Peters...

December 27, 1882. December 27, 1882. December 27, 1882. March 30, 1883. March 30, 1883. March 30 1883. March 30, 1883. October 16, 1884. July 23, 1885. July 23, 1885. July 23, 1885 July 23, 1885. July 23, 1885. July 23, 1885. July 23, 1885. July 23, 1885. June 29, 1886. June 29, 1886. June 29, 1886. June 29, 1886. December 31, 1886. December 31, 1886. December 31, 1886. December 31, 1886. December 31, 1886. December 31, 1886. December 31, 1886. December 31, 1886. December 31, 1886. December 31, 1886. December 31, 1886. December 31, 1886. June 13, 1887. June 13, 1887. June 13, 1887. June 13, 1887. June 13, 1887. June 13, 1887. June 13, 1887. June 13, 1887. June 13, 1887. June 13, 1887. June 13, 1887. June 13, 1887. June 13, 1887. June 13, 1887. June 13, 1887. June 13, 1887. June 13, 1887. June 13, 1887.

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