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eighty-seven: And provided further, That all text-books used Further
in any school district shall be uniform in any one subject.

How. 5174a. The section above referred to is Section 4680.
FREE TEXT-BOOKS: It has never been claimed that school boards have
the power to furnish free text-books except by virtue of special legislation.-
Bd. of Education v. Detroit, 80 / 548.

the kind.

Notice to vote

(4776) SEC. 2. The district board of each school district Board to select shall select the kind of text-books on subjects enumerated in section one to be taught in schools of their respective districts: Provided, That nothing herein contained shall require any Proviso. change in text-books now in use in such district. They shall cause to be posted in a conspicuous place, at least ten days prior to the first annual school meeting from and after the passage of this act, a notice that those qualified to vote upon

on question. the question of raising money in said district shall vote at such annual meeting to authorize said district board to purchase and provide free text-books for the use of the pupils in said district. If a majority of all the voters as above provided present at such meeting shall authorize said board to raise by tax a sum sufficient to comply with the provisions of this act, the district board shall thereupon make a list of such books and file one copy with the township clerk and keep one copy posted in the school, and due notice of such action by the district shall be noted in the annual report to the superintendent of public instruction. The district board shall take the necessary steps to purchase such books for the use of all pupils in the several schools of their district, as hereinafter provided. The textbooks so purchased shall be the property of the district pur- property of chasing the same, and shall be loaned to pupils free of charge, district, etc under such rules and regulations for their careful use and return as said district board may establish: Provided, That Proviso. nothing herein contained shall prevent any person from buying his or her books from the district board of the school in which he or she may attend: Provided further, That nothing

proviso. herein contained shall prevent any district having once adopted or rejected free text-books from taking further action on the same at any subsequent annual meeting.



How. 5174b.

(4777) SEC. 3. It shall be the duty of the district board of Board to any school district adopting free text-books provided for in publishers, etc. this act to make a contract with some dealer or publisher to Proviso. furnish books used in said district at a price not greater than the net wholesale price of such books: Provided, That any district may, if it so desires, authorize its district board to advertise for proposals before making such contract. How. 5174c.

(4778) SEC. 4. The district board of every school district Board to make in the state adopting free text-books under this act shall make mate of amount and prepare annually an estimate of the amount of money necessary to be raised to comply with the conditions of this

to be raised.

act, and shall add such amount to the annual estimates made for money to be raised for school purposes, for the next ensuing year. Said sum shall be in addition to the amount now provided by law to be raised; which amount each township clerk shall certify to the supervisor of his township to be assessed upon the taxable property of the respective districts as provided by law for raising the regular annual estimates of the respective district boards for school purposes, and when collected shall be paid to the district treasurer in the same manner as all other money belonging to said district is paid.

How. 5174d.

When director to purchase books, etc.

(4779) SEC. 5. On the first day of February next after the tax shall have been levied, the director of said district may proceed to purchase the books required by the pupils of his district from the list mentioned in section one of this act, and shall draw his warrant, countersigned by the moderator, upon the treasurer or assessor of the district for price of the books so purchased, including the cost of transportation.

How. 5174e.


Refusal or (4780) SEC. 6. If the officers of any school district, which neglect of duty a misdemeanor. has so voted to supply itself with text-books, shall refuse or

neglect to purchase at the expense of the district for the use of the pupils thereof, the text-books as enumerated in section one of this act, or to provide the money therefor as herein prescribed, each officer or member of such board so refusing or neglecting shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon

conviction thereof before a court of competent jurisdiction, Penalty. shall be liable to a penalty of not more than fifty dollars or

imprisonment in the county jail for a period not exceeding thirty days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court: Provided, That any district board may buy its books of local dealers if the same can be purchased and delivered to the director as cheaply as if bought of the party who makes the lowest bid to the district board: Pro

vided further, That school districts in cities organized under proviso.

special charters shall be exempt from the provisions of this

act, but such districts may, when so authorized by a majority In cities boards vote of their district boards, submit the question of free textquestion to

books to the qualified voters of said districts. If a majority

of the qualified electors vote in favor of furnishing free textdistrict.


may submit

books, such district boards shall have authority to proceed
under the provisions of this act.
How. 5174f.
SPECIAL CHARTERS: The action of the Detroit board of education, in
including in its annual estimate a sum for free text-books, in the absence of
authority from a majority of the qualified electors, as provided in this sec-
tion, was held absolutely void.-Bd. of Ed. v. Detroit, 80 / 551.

(Sections 4775-4790, known as the Uniform Text-Book Bill were repealed by Act No. 27, Public Acts of 1899.)

voters of

An Act to prescribe and define a course of studies to be taught in the Act 181, 1897, p. district schools of this State which shall be known as the AGRICUL- 231; App. May


(4791) SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That the superintendent of public instruction shall prepare Who to prepare

of for district schools a course of study, comprising the branches now required for third grade certificates, which shall be known and designated "the agricultural college course," and upon the satisfactory completion of this course of study, as evidenced by a diploma or certificate, duly signed by the county commissioner of schools, pupils shall be admitted to the freshman class of the agricultural college without further examination. It shall be the duty of the secretary of the agricultural College college each year to send to each rural school district in the be forwarded state a college catalogue, and upon application to furnish to districts. such schools such other information as may be desired relative to said college. Such catalogue and other information shall be kept in each school for reference.

catalogue to

to school


An Act authorizing the introduction of the KINDERGARTEN METH- Act 119, 1891, p. OD in the public schools of this State.

137; App. June

5; Eff, Oct. 2. (4792) SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That in addition to the duties imposed by law upon the district Duty of district board of every school district in this state, they shall also be empowered to provide a suitable room or apartment for kindergarten work, and to supply their district respectively with the necessary apparatus and appliances for the instruction of children in what is known as the kindergarten method. (4793) SEC. 2. In the employment of teachers it shall be Qualifications

of teachers, etc. competent for such district board to require qualifications for instruction of children in kindergarten methods, and the district board may provide by contract with the teacher for such instruction, specifying the hours and times therefor under such rules as the district board may prescribe.

(4794) SEC. 3. All children residing within the district be. What children tween the ages of four and seven shall be entitled to instruc- instruction. tions in the kindergarten department of such district school. (4795) SEC. 4. The powers and duties herein imposed or certain other

apply to conferred upon the district shall also ind the same are schools. hereby imposed and conferred upon the school trustees or board of education or other body, by whatever name known, managing or controlling the public schools in each city and village of this state; and this act is hereby made applicable to every public school organized by special act or by charter as fully as if they were named herein.

Methods for restriction and

Act 146, 1895. p. An Act to provide for teaching in the public schools the modes by which 285;_App. May

the DANGEROUS COMMUNICAB) DISEASES are spread, and 16; Eff. Aug. 30.

the best methods for the restriction and provention of such diseases.

(4796) SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, prevention of That there shall be taught in every year in every public school diseases shall in Michigan the principal modes by which each of the dangerbe taught in public schools

ous communicable diseases are spread, and the best methods for the restriction and prevention of each such disease. The state board of health shall annually send to the public school superintendents and teachers throughout this state printed data and statements which shall enable them to comply with this act. School boards are hereby required to direct such superintendents and teachers to give oral and blackboard instruction, using the data and statements supplied by the state

board of health. Penalty for

(4797) SEC. 2. Neglect or refusal on the part of any superneglect or refusal to intendent or teacher to comply with the provisions of this law comply with provisions

shall be considered a sufficient cause for dismissal from the of this act. school by the school board. Any school board willfully neg.

lecting or refusing to comply with any of the provisions of this act shall be subject to fine the same as for neglect of any other duty pertaining to their office. This act shall apply to all schools in this state, including schools in cities or villages, whether incorporated under special charter or under the general laws.

Act 142, 1897, p. An Act making an appropriation for the use of the State Board of 170. Became Health, to enable it to comply with act one hundred and forty-six, of law without approval

the public acts of eighteen hundred . and ninety-five, entitled “An act to May 16.

provide for teaching in the public schools the modes by which the DANGEROUS COMMUNICABLE DISEASES are spread and the best methods for the restriction and prevention of such diseases."


Appropriation, (4798) SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, auditor general to draw war

That the sum of two thousand five hundred dollars per annum, is hereby appropriated out of the general fund, to enable the state board of health to comply with section one of act one hundred and forty-six of the public acts of eighteen hundred and ninety-five. Itemized bills for expenses incurred under this act shall be audited by the state board of health, whereupon the auditor general shall draw his warrant for the amounts allowed, not exceeding the amount appropriated, and the amounts thus allowed shall be paid from the state treasury.

(4799) SEC. 2. The auditor general shall add to and incorTaxes when porate with the taxes for each year the amount above approdisposition of. priated, which, when collected, shall be passed to the credit

of the proper fund.


Publication of

An Act to provide for the PUBLICATION OF THE PROCEEDINGS Act 185, 1897, a. OF THE ANNUAL SCHOOL MEETING, and an annual financial 241: App. May

29; Eff. Aug. 30. statement in graded school districts in which a newspaper is published, and to provide for the expense thereof, and fixing a penalty for failure to make such publication.

(4800) SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, proceedings, That previous to the third Monday in September of every year, etc., required. the board of education, or board of trustees, as the case may be, of any graded school district in this state in which one or more newspapers are published, shall cause to be published in a newspaper published in said district, and designated by said board, also a full and itemized financial statement of the receipts and expenditures of said districts during the preceding school year, the expense of said publication to be paid out of the general fund of the district.

(4801) SEC. 2. If any board of education, or board of trus- Penalty for tees, as the case may be, shall neglect to comply with the publish. provisions of this act, each member of any such board shall forfeit the sum of ten dollars.

failure to

An Act to provide for the purchase and display of UNITED STATES Act. 56, 1895, p. FLAGS in connection with the public school buildings within this 153App. Apr.

4; Eff. Aug. 30. State.

(4802) SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, Flags and That the board of education or the board of school trustees in be purchased. the several cities, townships, villages and school districts of this state shall purchase a United States flag of a size not less than four feet two inches by eight feet and made of good flag bunting "A," flag staff and the necessary appliances therefor and sball display said flag upon, near, or in a conspicuous place within, the public school building during school hours Time for

displaying. and at such other times as to the said board may seem proper; and that the necessary funds to defray the expenses to be in- Expense to be curred herein shall be assessed and collected in the same school moneys. manner as moneys for public school purposes are collected by law. And the penalties for neglect of duty provided in section Penalty. two, chapter thirteen of the general school laws, shall apply to any school officer refusing to comply with the provisions of this act.


Am. 1897, p. 78; App. Apr. 9; Eff. Aug. 30; Act 68.

An Act requiring certain RETURNS TO BE MADE FROM INCOR- Act 19, 1839, p. PORATED ACADEMIES, and other literary institutions.

15; App. Mar. 4.

(4803) SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That it shall be the duty of the president of the board of trustees of every organized academy, or literary or collegiate institution, heretofore

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