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amount of such school fund in any one year. Provided further, That the trustees shall not draw an order for a warrant in excess of the amount to the credit of the district at the time the order is given. The trustees of each district must make a full report in writing annually, on the first day in September, to the county superintendent of their county, on blanks furnished, relating to all matters pertaining to schools as may be required of them by the State or county superintendent.

It is the duty of the trustees of the respective districts on receiving a report from any teacher of the disorderly conduct of any pupil, to decide how said insubordinate pupil shall be punished, or whether he or she be dismissed from school, and the teacher must enforce the decision so made.

The clerk of the board of trustees must, on the first Monday of July of each year, proceed to enumerate the children of school age in his district, and he must not enumerate any except bona fide residents thereof, and the board of trustees must cause a true and certified copy of said census to be transmitted to the county superintendent.

School age as herein used is defined as all persons between the age of five and twenty-one years. For said service said clerk shall be allowed as full compensation therefor, five cents for each child so enumerated, and the chairman of the board of trustees shall draw his order upon the county auditor, which must be countersigned by at least one other member of the board of said district for the amount so allowed, and it must be charged against and paid out of the fund of said county.

Sec. 46. Trustees must qualify within fifteen days after receiving notice of their election, by taking the official oath, which oath may be administered by either of the other trustees or the retiring trustee, and said oath shall be subscribed and filed in the office of the county superintendent.

SEC. 47. Teachers of the public schools must be furnished with a school register by the trustees of the district, for the purpose of registering the names of their pupils and their daily attendance at schools, and at the close of the term said register must be delivered to the clerk of the board of trustees of the district: And the teacher must also be furnished with a blank report by said trustees, which report said teacher must fill up according to the heading of same and transinit it to the county superintendent of the county at the close of the term, and no teacher shall be allowed an order in excess of ninety per cent of his or her salary until said report is so made out and transmitted.

Sec. 48. Every teacher in the public schools must enforce the course of study, the use of the text books and the rules and regulations prescribed for schools by the State Superintendent; hold pupils to a strict account for disorderly conduct on the way to and from school, and on the play grounds and during recess; suspend for good cause any pupil in the school and report such suspension to the board of trustees for review. If such action is not sustained by the board, the teacher inay appeal to the county superintendent, whose decision shall be final. He or she shall make reports in addition to those heretofore mentioned as inay be required by the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State, or county or board of trustees; endeavor to impress upon the minds of the pupils the principles of morality, truth, justice and patriotism, and teach them to avoid idleness, profanity and falsehood.

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No teacher shall be entitled to, or receive any compeusation for the time he or she teaches in any public school without a certificate valid or in force for such time in the county where such school is taught, except that if a teacher's certificate shall expire by its own limitation within six weeks of the close of the terin, such teacher may finish such term without re-examination or renewal of his or her certificate.

Every parent, guardian or other person in the State of Idaho having control of a child or children between the ages of eight and fourteen years shall be required to send such child or children to a public school for a period of twelve weeks in each school year, at least eight weeks of which shall be consecutive, unless such child or children are excused from such attendance by the board of school trustees of the school district in which such parents or guardians reside, upon it being shown to their satisfaction that the bodily or mental condition of such children has been such as to prevent his, her or their attendance at school, or application at study for the period required, or that such child or children are taught in a private school or at liome, in such branches as are usually taught in a primary school, or have already acquired the ordinary branches of learning taught in the public schools. Provided, In case a public school shall not be taught for a period of twelve weeks, during the year, within three iniles by the nearest traveled road of the residence of any such parent or guardian within the school district, he or she shall not be liable to the provisions of this Act.

FIRST—It shall be the duty of the board of school trustees of each district in this State, on or before the first Monday in September in each year, to furnish the principal in each public school taught in such district with a list of all children in the school district between the

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of eight and fourteen years, said list to be taken froin the report of the school census marshal.

At the beginning of each school month thereafter it shall be the duty of the principal of each school in such district to report to the board of school trustees of such district the names of all children attending school during the previous school month, when it shall appear, at the expiration of three school months, to the board of school trustees that any parent, guardian or other person having charge or control of any child or children shall have failed to comply with the provisions of this Act, the board shall cause demand to be made upon such parent, guardian or other person for the amount of the penalty hereinafter provided when, if such parent, guardian or person shall neglect or refuse to pay the same within five days after the making of said demand, the board shall commence proceedings in the name of the school district for the recovery of the fine hereinafter provided before any court having jurisdiction: Provided, That nothing in subdivision I shall apply to any child or children who are actually and necessarily compelled to labor for the support of a parent or parents.

SECOND- Any parent, guardian or other person having control or charge of any child or children, failing to comply with the provisions of this Act, shall be liable to a fine of not less than five dollars nor more than twenty-five dollars for the first offense, nor less than ten dollars, nor more than fifty dollars for the second and each subsequent offense, beside the cost of collection.

THIRD-All fines collected under the provisions of this Act shall be paid

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into the county treasury, the same to be placed to the credit of the school district collecting the same.

FOURTH— The board of school trustees in each district shall cause to be posted annually, in three public places in the district, notices of the requirements and penalties of this law.

CHAPTER VIII. The county superintendent in any county in this State containing ten or more organized school districts may, when he believes that the educational interests of his county would be promoted thereby, hold annually a teachers institute at such time as he may designate, and such institute must continue in session not less than five or more than ten days. He must give at least ten days notice of the time and place of holding such institute by publication in some newspaper published in the county (if there be one), if not, by a written notice to each qualified teacher in the county.

It is the duty of all teachers engaged in the county, and of all persons holding certificates, to attend such institutes and participate in the exercises thereof, and all teachers who may have charge of schools at the time of holding the annual institute must adjourn their school for the time during which the institute is held.

All teachers who may adjourn school for the purpose of attending any annual institute must be allowed the same pay while in actual attendance as when teaching, and the county superintendent must certify to the number of days attendance of each teacher, and the trustees of the several districts must count them as so many days lawfully employed.

SEC. 54. The county superintendent must provide a building, lights, stationery, janitor service and all things necessary for the holding of the institute; and must present an itemized account of such expenses, not to exceed one hundred and fifty dollars, to the board of county commissioners, and it must be paid from the current expense fund of the county.

CHAPTER IX.

The Governor is hereby authorized and empowered to appoint four persons, one of whom shall be the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, who at the time of their appointment shall be engaged in educational work in the State, and who, together with the president of the university of Idaho, shall constitute a State Board of Text Book Commissioners, and of which board the said president of the university shall be chairman, who shall hold office until they shall have complied with the duties hereinafter imposed.

Sec. 56. The said Board of Text Book Commissioners shall meet at the State capital, in the Senate chamber, on the second Monday of May, 1893, for the purpose of selecting and adopting a uniform series of text books for use in all the public schools of the State. Said Board shall have power to formulate rules for its own government and three members thereof shall constitute a quorum.

SEC. 57. Immediately upon the approval of this Act, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall advertise, for at least thirty days, in two daily newspapers published in the State, giving notice that the said Board of Text Book Commissioners will meet as herein aforesaid, and receive sealed proposals up to twelve o'clock noon of said day, for supplying the State of Idaho with a uniform series of text books for use in all the public schools of said State, for a term of six years from and after the first day of

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September, 1893, in the following branches, namely; spelling, reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, grammar, physiology and hygiene, civil government, history of the United States, and in all other branches taught in the common, graded and high schools of the State.

Said sealed proposals shall be addressed to the president of the State Board of Text Book Commissioners, Boise City, Idaho, and shall be endorsed sealed proposals for supplying the State of Idaho with school text books." posals shall state the price at which said text books will be delivered f. o. b. cars subject to order of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Sec. 58. It shall be the duty of the said Board of Text Book Commissioners to meet at the time and place mentioned in said notice and open said sealed proposals in the presence of a majority of said Board and in public, and to select and adopt such text books for use in the public schools as in their opinion will best subserve the educational interests of the State. The series of text books so selected and adopted by the said Board of Text Book Commissioners, shall be certified to by the chairman, and said certificate with a copy of all books named therein must be placed on file in the office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Such certificate must contain a complete list of all the books adopted by the said Board, giving price for which each kind and grade will be furnished, and the name of the publisher agreeing to furnish the same. The said books named in the said certificate shall, for a period of six years from and after the first day of September, 1893, be used in all the public schools throughout the State, to the exclusion of all others.

The said Board of Text Book Cominissioners shall have power to make such contracts and agreements with publishers as they shall deem necessary for the best interests of all the public schools in the State, and shall require of all publishers contracting and agreeing to furnish books adopted by the said Commissioners, bonds in double the amount of the value of the books to be furnished, for the faithful performance of the conditions of the said contract.

Sec. 60. Immediately after the filing of the said certificate in his office, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction shall have prepared printed lists of the text books adopted by the said Board, with the price of each of said books, as certified to in the said certificate, and shall forward the same to the county superintendents of the several counties of the State, who shall immediately forward one list to each of the trustees of all districts in his county. Not later than the third Monday of June, 1893, and at such other times thereafter as may be necessary to properly supply the schools of said district, the chairman of each of the several boards of trustees of the county, shall forward to the county superintendent of his county, a list of the kind of books and the number of each kind, which will be required to supply the pupils of the public schools of his district. Abstracts of such lists showing the kinds of books and the number of each kind so forwarded shall be prepared by the county superintendent and transmitted to the State Superintendent without delay, who shall order the same to be delivered by the contracting publishers of said text books, and he shall, upon the receipt thereof, forward the same to the said county superintendents for distribution among the several districts of their respective counties.

SEC. 61. The trustees of every district in the State shall purchase at the expense of such district in the manner heretofore provided, all text

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books used in the public schools of their respective districts and shall inninediately upon receipt thereof draw an order for a warrant in favor of the county superintendent of their county for the payment of said books, which said warrant shall be forwarded to the State Treasurer and shall be paid out of any money standing to the credit of the said district. In case there is not a sufficient amount in the treasury to the credit of any district at the time of receiving the books, the payment must be made out of the money appropriated by this chapter and charged to said district and refunded out of the first money placed to the credit of said district. The clerk of the board of trustees is hereby made the custodian of said books and all distributions thereof shall be under his supervision and control and may be either loaned to the pupils of said public schools free of charge, subject to the rules and regulations as to the care and custody prescribed by the State Superintendent, and such additional rules as the clerk of said district board may see fit to make, or they may be sold at cost to any of the pupils of such school district for cash only. Said clerk shall keep a strict record of all books so sold or loaned giving name of purchaser or borrower, description, condition and amount received therefor, and shall deposit the same at the close of each month with the county treasurer of the county iu which the district is located to the credit of such district, and take his receipt therefor.

Sec. 62. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction shall have control and supervision over the distribution and shipment of all books contracted for by the State Board of Text Book Commissioners, but all payments made to the county superintendents for the purchase of school text books, by the several districts, must be forwarded to the State Treasurer, who shall have charge of the settlement of all accounts with the publishers, contracting with the said Board of Commissioners to furnish the said books, for books ordered and received for use in the public schools throughout the State, and shall pay for the same upon the bills being audited and allowed by the State Board of Examiners. And it shall be unlawful for the trustees of any district in the State to purchase for the use in the public schools, any other series of text books other than those adopted by the said Board of Text Book Commissioners. All orders for books must be made upon the State Superintendent, through the county superintendent of the county in which said district is situated.

Sec. 63. The said Board of Text Book Cominissioners shall receive each, the sum of five dollars per day for each day necessarily engaged in transacting business, while in session and teu cents per mile each way for each mile uecessarily traveled.

SEC. 64. There is hereby appropriated the sum of one thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, to carry out the provisions of this Act. And the additional sum of two thousand dollars for clerical assistance and labor in the office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction for the ensuing two years. And the further sum of twenty thousand dollars is appropriated and set aside as a revolving text book fund to meet the payments for text books of districts having no money to their credit.

Sec. 65. No books, papers, tracts or documents of a political, secta: rian or denominational character must be used or introduced in any school established under the provisions of this Act, and any and every political,

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