New Law Relative to High School Pupils

by Laurel | August 24th, 2009

August 24, 1905, page 08

Quite a number of ambitious and deserving young people are likely to be affected by the new law passed last winter relative to high and grammar school attendance, which is in part as follows: “If a child resides in a city or town other than that of the legal residence of his parent or guardian, and in the opinion of the school committee of the said city or town such residence is for the purpose of their attending school in preference to the place of the legal residence of his parent or guardian, the said city or town may recover from the parent or guardian for the tuition of the said child, while there attending school, subject to appeal to the probate court, an amount equal to the average expense of such school for each pupil during the preceding year, for a period equal to the time during which the child so attends, unless the city or town in which the parent or guardian resides is required in section 3 of chapter 42 to pay for said tuition.” Rather a nice question will be raised relative to the 15 or 20 boys and girls from outside of Holyoke who have left home and who are earning their way through the high school. There is quite a colony of girls, for instance, who do light housework and take care of children the year round, receive small wages, and attend the high school. Superintendent O’Donnell said yesterday that the law was mandatory and that a list of such pupils would probably be furnished by the high school authorities. It is hoped by the young people and their friends that the school authorities will interpret this statute as broadly as possible for their interests.

From The Springfield Republican.

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