1850 The Common School Act

  • Title Page, An Act for the Better Establishment and Maintenance of Common Schools in Upper Canada

    Important Powers for Trustee Boards

    The School Act of 1850 built upon its predecessor acts in some particular ways. The dispute over funding that closed the Toronto schools from June 30, 1848 until July 1, 1849 had to be resolved. Consequently, Trustee Boards were strengthened by this Act as they were now able to manage school business more fully. They were able to levy taxes in the district they represented, secure school sites, build and furnish buildings and keep school accounts. Trustees were to meet four times per year, hold examinations and license teachers. Additionally, they were to use their influence to establish school libraries and promote the cause of education.

    Egerton Ryerson

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    2012.X.598

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