1848 Toronto Public Schools Close

  • Market Lane School, Colborne St., n. side, between Church & Market Sts.

    The Question of Funding

    A political disagreement regarding who should pay for public schools prompted the schools to prematurely close on June 30, 1848 and remain closed until July 1,1849. Incredibly, a full year of instruction was lost. Ryerson was distraught. Although people supported the idea of free public education, funding technicalities would continue to cause problems.

    Henry Scadding

    Ink on paper


    Black ink drawing of rectangular wood building with bell tower and rear entrance, script beneath.