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$2, 166, 633

599, 515 D. $11, 988
1, 453, 103 I. 28, 571
1, 036, 874 .337, 543
3, 615, 160 I.. ..344, 705

15, 000
144, 687 I..

36, 608
d1, 917, 259I.....103, 047

563, 377 D. 16, 157

135, 313 I......11, 915 e 239, 930

28, 973
217, 939 D.....10, 905
271, 000

28, 504
111, 304, 927

12,052

28, 002
150, 072
200, 000
25, 894

.7, 177
.5, 213

162, 124

30, 367

3,162

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971
22, 287
10,000
2, 610

Total

a See Table 1, p. 5, for year of report. o Returns incompleto.

c Including permanent repairs. d Including $601,067 unclassitiod.

e Salaries of trustees, &c. f In 1882-'83.

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442, 758 c1,000,000

2, 715, 944 82, 083 3, 838, 728 485, 401 6,731, 723 dii, 000, 000 112, 628 10,475, 334 10,587, 162

4, 904, 191

Alabama
Arkansas..
California,
Colorado.
Connecticut
Delawale.....
Florida
Georgia..
Mlinois
Indiana..
Iowa..
Kapsas
Kentucky
Louisiapa..
Maine
Maryland..
Massachusetts.
Michigan.
Minnesota.
Miesissippi
Missouri
Nebraska.
Nevada
New llampsbiro..
New Jersey..
New York
North Carolina
Ohio..
Oregon
Pennsylvania..
Rhode Island
South Carolina.
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont.
Virginia
West Virginia.
Wisconsin.
Alaska
Arizona
Dakota
District of Colombia
Idabo
Montana........
New Mexico...
Utah.
Washington
Wyoming

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26, 247, 018 237, 976 230, 588, 554 2, 314, 815 D...74, 097

565, 500, 687 6, 832, 926 I.. 482, 119 3, 224, 682, 343 g 35, 662, 084 1.2, 314, 503 202, 752, 622 653, 106 I..

...87, 146 1, 688, 676, 108 28, 467, 005 I... 497, 248 75, 300, 453 1, 230, 998 I.... 79, 565

35, 371, 849 1.2, 757, 403

2, 294, 571 I.... 67, 436 149, 973, 365 h 393, 003 D...11, 194 226, 844, 184 1, 797, 769 I...421, 988 169, 986, 413 311, 735, 707 1, 838, 942 I....19, 685 159, 514, 752 1.964, 945 D...13, 593 498, 725, 843 7, 184, 033 I.1, 051, 398

k 201, 984 D...10, 401 2, 989, 696 I...801, 846

1, 395, 708 I.. .5, 042 7, 236, 447

437, 588 I....59, 822 35, 620, 325 478, 491 I....18, 047

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a See Table 1, p.5, for year of report. • Valne of secarities held in trust for school fand. c Income capitalized. d Value of lands unsold. € There are a number of permanent local funds in the State. f Income capitalized at 6 per cent.

g Sites and buildings only. h School-houses. i Income from Stato bonds. į 103.130 acres of land unsold.

Estiniated. 1 Ba lanco on hand.

Receipts and expenditures. There are apparently as many different methods of keeping school accounts as there aro States and Territories, and no classification of receipts and expenditures can be made which can be respondod to by all State super. intendents. That which has been adopted in the present Report has been deemed the best, taking into consideration both the number of Stato superintendents that aro able to reply to it and its value in studying educational questions.

The amount raised by local taxes has increased $801,141 in eleven States and Territories, and decreased $243,832 in seven States and Territories, the not increase being 8557,309. The States and Territories participating in the increase are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Dakota, and Montana. Of these, Missouri, West Virginia, and Wisconsin also show increase in the State tax. In Connecticut, where the local tax has decreased by a little more than 6 per cent., there has been a slight increase (less than 1 per cent.) in the State tax.

The total amount exponded for public schools in the United States, according to the latest returns at hand, is $111,304,927, being an increase over last year of $920,270. This does not express the real increase, however, since this year, so far as possible, the payments on bonded indebtedness have been stricken out of the expenditures, these sums presumably having appeared as expenses in previous years.

The particulars under which increase or decrease appears are anggestive, as indi. cating the state of the public mind with reference to the essential conditions of effi. ciency in a school system. The tendency with respect to teachers' salaries has already been noted. Nine States and one Territory show an increase in superintendents' sal. aries amounting to $27,600, and five States decrease amounting to $53,595, giving a net decrease of $25,995. It should be observed that $51,695 of the total decrease must be credited to Massachusetts. According to the full statistics from this State the entire sum paid for supervision in the State is $9,014 more than the corresponding sum for 1884–85, although the total sum paid for superintendents' salaries is as noted, $51,695 less than for 1884–85. The State report throws no light upon this decline in superintendents' salaries. That it is not in accordance with the views entertained either by the State board or by Hon. J. W. Dickinson, who has for many years held the important office of secretary of the board, is evident from their latest utterances upon the subject of supervision.

In the report of the former for the current year wo read: Among the prime needs of the schools, often emphasized in the reports of this board, aro better supervision and better teachers in the towns outside the considerablecenters of population. Good supervision will secure good teachers, but how to obtain the former in these localities is the problem of the day. In the cities and large towns the concentration of wealth and population affords an easy solution to this question by the employment of a paid superintendent who devotes all his time to the care and improvement of the schools. But the expense of such an agency is beyond the means of the sparsely-settled towns, and it is every year becoming more and more difficult to find persons in such localities competent for the work, or who aro willing to perform it gratuitously or for the meager pittance only which the towns can pay.'

Mr. Dickinson's discussion of the subject will be found in full in this appendix, p. 43.

COMPARATIVE STATISTICS OF STATE SYSTEMS. The table of comparative statistics of State systems (Table 8), compiled from the preceding tables, expresses the relation of each part of the several State systems to every other part. The student of the subject is likely to find here the answer or material for the answer to every inquiry which arises in his mind, so far as the facts are attainable.

Of the many particulars involved, two may perhaps be regarded as more fully representative of the educational situation, viz, the ratio of current expenditure to the population 6–14 years of age, and the ratio of average attendance to the same population. The first expresses the effort put forth by the State, the second its most important outcome, viz, the attendance of pupils upon the instruction.

Between the two, as set forth in tho table under consideration, a relation is apparent which cannot be purely accidental.

With three exceptions, the States whose average current expenditure per capita of population 6–14 years falls below tho average for the United States (viz, $9.15), also show a ratio of average attendance (to population 6–14) below the average for the

pited States (viz, 66.51). The States here referred to are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Minnessota, Missouri, and West Virginia. The three of the above States which give a ratio of average attendance higher than that for the United States are Tennessee, Missouri, and West Virginia. On the other hand, with the single exception of Wisconsin, all the States in which the ratio of current expenditure per capita of population 6 to 14 is above the average for the United States, show also a ratio of average attendance per capita of population 6 to 14 higher than the average for the country at large.

It may be remarked by way of caution that, in drawing inferences from the data contained in Table 8, too much stress should not be laid upon isolated facts, but the different parts of the table should be studied in connection with each other. For instance, of two States, one may have a smaller proportion of its total population enrolled in its public schools, but a greater proportion of its child population (6 to 14); or, one may have a smaller proportion of its population 6 to 14 enrolled in its public schools, but a greater proportion in average daily attendance. Similarly, the total wealth of a State should be kept in mind when treating of the amount raised by taxation for the support of its schools or the value of its school property.

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1 Alabama.. 2 Arkansas 3 California. 4 Colorado 5 Connecticut 6 Delaware 7 Florida.. 8 Georgia 9 Illinois. 10 Iudiapa 11 Iowa

Kansas 13 | Kentucky. 14 Louisiana 15 Maine. 16 Maryland 17 Massachusetts 18 Michigan 19 Minnesota 20 Mississippi 21 Missouri 22 Nebraska 23 Nevada 24 | New Hampshiro 25 New Jersey.. 26 New York 27 North Carolina. 28 | Ohio 29 Oregon 30 Pennsyli unia 31 Rhodo Island 32 Sonth Carolina

Tennessee 34 Texas 35 Vermont 36 Virginia 37

West Virginia 38 Wisconsin

Alaska.. 40

Arizona ...... 41 Dakota..

District of Columbia 43 Idaho 44 Indian Territory 45 Montana.. 46 New Mexico 47 Utah 48 Washington 49 Wyoming ..

Per cent. Per cent. Per cent. Per cent.

28.5 22. 27 17. 23 77.39 17.6 22. 68 18.81 82.97 6.4 15. 85 18. 90 119. 21 2.4

12. 38 16. 68 134, 80 138.5

15. 50 18. 71 120.01 81,0

6.2 22. 19 17. 96 80.91 28.7 22. 20 18. 86 84.97 58.6 19. 66 22. 66 115.25 57.4 20.17 24. 56 121.78 31.8 15.7 20. 16 28. 43

140. 98 45.0 22. 2 21.67 10. 25 47. 30 21.7 16.02 22. 15 140.13 102.4 19. 10 17. 33 90.74 241.6 14. 71 18.00 122. 34 33:3 17. 64 21. 79 123, 52 14.1 18. 17 20.91 115. 05 20.7 22. 86 35, 4 21.06 23. 38

111.02 9.7 19. 79 0.5 11.94 13. 30 110.37 44.1

14.03 17. 73 126. 38 171.4 111.9 16. 48 19. 28 117.02 31.4 21. 57 20. 03 92. 89 82. 2 19.08 23. 15 121. 32 2.5 18. 40

20. 96 113. 95 105.0 18, 87 20.95 111.04 280.4 15. 18 15. 74 103.67 36.0 22. 25 16. 94 76. 15 41.3

22. 25 22. 25 99.97 7.7 36. 5 16. 35 21. 51 131.56 41.4 21.52 18. 56 86. 28 28.1

22. 13 24. 87 112, 30 28.7 19.54 21. 26 108.76 0.1 0.7 12.52 7. 90 03.09

2.8 16. 36 19. 94 121. 86 3301.0 17.34 15. 89 91. 64

0.7 15. 03 19. 97 132. 87

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