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Massachusetts led the nation in the formation of free local schools. Prior to 1789, towns operated their schools and supervised their instruction in a system that was very loosely organized. In 1789, the commonwealth established a district system. The new districts remained tightly connected to town government. But in 1817, the state decided to allow districts to become self-governing. But Deerfield, like many towns, decided to keep its schools closely tied to the town. It formed a school committee to evaluate and regulate the school system. The rules mandated that the town minister - the leader of the town-supported church - closely supervise the schools along with leading members of town meeting.


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"Regulations For the Government of the Schools in the Town of Deerfield"

printer   John Wilson
author   Ephraim Williams (1797-1870)
author   Reverend Samuel Willard (1776-1859)
author   Elihu Hoyt (1771-1833)
date   Apr 7, 1817
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   6.5"
width   4.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Books/Booklet
accession #   #L02.068

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