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TO THE LEGISLATURE.

THE DISTRICT SCHOOL JOURNAL ments, are to pay no regard to the political opinions of la publiehed monthly, and is devoted ex«lusively to the promotion of the applicants. The selections should be made with Popular Education.

reference to the moral worth and abilities of the canEDWARD COOPER, EDITOR.

didates. Decided preference ought to be given to TERMS.—Single copics 50 cents; seven copies $3 00; twelve copies those who, in the judgment of the superintendents,

$5 00, twenty-five copies $10 00, payable always in advance. Au letters and cominctions intended for the District School Jour- cient teachers of common schools. It is also desirable

give the highest promise of becoming the most effizal, should he directed to the E litor, Syracuse, N. Y., Post Puid.

that those only should be appointed who have already BARNS, SMITII & COOPER,

a good knowledge of the common branches of study,

und who intend to remain in the school until they graduate. At the Office of the Daily and Western State Journal.

4. As the pupils entering the school are required to ANNUAL REPORT

sign a declaration, that it is their intention to devote OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE STATE NORMAL SCHOCI, and that their sole olnject in resorting to the Norinal

themselves to the business of teaching district schools,

School, is the better to prepare themselves for this Pursuant to the provisions of the act, chapter 311, important duty; therefore, it is expected of the superof the Laws of 1814, the undersigned have the honor intendents that they shall select such as will sacredly to transmit herewith the Annual Report of the Execu- fulfill their engagements in this particular. tive Committee of the State Normal School, which has 5. Pupils once admitted to the school will have the been received and approved of; which report contains right to remain until they graduate, unless they fora full statement of the receipts and expenditures of leit that right by voluntarily vacating their place, or money under the same act during the past year, in by improper conduct. pursuance of appropriations made by law.

It is due to the superintendents to state, that in N. Š. BENTON, general, great judgment and care have been display

Sup't of Common Schools. ed in the selection of pupils, and is believed that in Albany, Dec. 16th, 1847.

most cases, strict regard has been paid to the above PETER WENDELL,

regulations. Chancellor of the University, in behalf of the Regents. Inasmuch, however, as some of the counties failed

in sending to the school their full proportion of pupils, To the State Superintendent of Common Schools, and Re- and as it was deemed important that the school should gents of the University of New-York.

afford its advantages to as large a number as possible, The Execntive Committee of the State Normal the following additional regulation was passed and School respectfully

sent to the county and town superintendents in the

month of September last: The provisions of the act of the Legislature, passed “In the selection of pupils, preference is always to May 7, 1844, “ For the establishment of a Normal be given to those who reside in your own county ; but if School” require the Executive Committee to present to there are no suitable persons within your county who the Regents a detailed report of the progress, condi- wish to avail theniselves of the advantages of the tion and prospects of the school. In obedience to this school, the superintendents may then select the resirequisition, it is designed in this report to give such dents of other counties in this State, who may apply, an account of the affairs of the school, as will make provided they bring satisfactory evidence that they are the Regents thoroughly acquainted with its regula- suitable candidates.” tions, management and actual condition.

Upon entering the school, all the pupils are requirBy a regulation of the committee, which has been ed to sign a declaration of their intention to devote approved by your honorable body, the number of stu- themselves to the business of teaching district schools, dents who may at any one time be admitted to the and that there sole object in resorting to the Normal school, is limited to 256, each county having the School is, the better to prepare themselves for that imprivilege of sending twice as many pupils as it has portat duty. members in the Assembly. The selection of the pu The classification of the students upon their first pils is entrusted to the county and town superintend- coming to the school, is found to be an exceedingly ents in each county, the following directions being difficult duty; that it may be properly made, every sent to them, to govern them in making their choice : student is subjected to a rigorous examination, a i

1. That the appointments in each county should be then all are classed according to their attainmenis and made at a meeting of the county and town superin- abilities. These introductory examinations aflord the tendents, called by the county superintendents for that strongest argument in favor of the establishment of the purpose.

Normal School, proving that its course of training was 2. Females sent to the school must be sixteen years needed to elevate the profession of the teacher, indi of age, and males eighteen.

fit him for the discharge of his duties. Four-lifths of 3. The superintendents, in making their appoint- the pupils of the school have been already engaged in

REPORT:

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