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Vermont Board of Education,
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY,
MADE TO THE BOARD,
To the Honorable the Legislature of the State of Vermont : GENTLEMEN :
Pursuant to law, we herewith present the Sixth Annual Report of the State Board of Education.
The “state and condition" of the schools is sufficiently set forth in the report of the Secretary to relieve us from any necessity of dwelling very minutely upon the details of the working of our school system:
It is with unfeigned pleasure that we ask your attention to the evidences of continued and even increasing success which appear in the statistical summary, and in the official reports of the local superintendents that are largely quoted from in the report of the Secretary.
That the efficiency of our schools should not have been diminished, or the general interest in them have been lessened, during a year so crowded with events and issues of engrossing importance, as the year last past has been, might well have roused a spirit of thankfulness. But we find from the report, that even under all the unfavorable circumstances of the last year, instead of losing ground, as might have been reasonably antici. pated, our schools seem to have gained in several important particulars.
The average attendance upon the schools has increased ; the amount of money expended for schoolhouses is larger ; and a more general success has attended the efforts of our teachers.
Truly the friends of education have reason for gratitude, and it may with truth be said that the assertions so strongly made by the Board, soon after its organization, in regard to the sufficiency and adaptation of the State school system to supply the educational wants of our people, are receiving more and more of verification in each passing year.
It is to be expected that the school laws of the State will from time to time need various modifications, but in the present condition of public affairs, we think the Secretary has done well in almost entirely refraining from suggesting any important changes in the law.