1920 Adolescent School Attendance Act

  • Sammy Lichtman and Newsboys in the Ward

    Compulsory School Attendance

    The Adolescent School Attendance Act, passed in 1919, was enacted the following year. In essence, this Act required young people between the ages of 14 and 16 years to attend a legally recognized school unless they were exempt for reasons of health (their own or that of a family member) or employment. If they were exempt for these legitimate reasons, the Act required them to attend part-time courses of instruction to a maximum of 320 hours annually.

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    Black and white photograph


    Black and white photo of 11 boys in a line, holding newspapers at the side of a white building.