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county in which such misdemeanor is committed, not less than ten (10) days nor more than ninety (90) days for each offense, in the discretion of the court. *

APPROVED June 28, 1919.

INSTRUCTION.—ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

§ 1. Annends section 274 and adds sec- § 27 Ga. Instruction in Eng

tion 27 Ga, Act of 1909. lish l a ng u a ge—

when not applied. § 274. Compulsory attend

ance — exception —
penalty.

(House BILL No. 479. APPRoved JUNE 28, 1919.)

AN ACT to amend an Act entitled, An Act to establish and maintain a system of free schools,” approved and in force June 12, 1909, as subsequently amended, by amending section two hundred and seventyfour (274) thereof, and adding a new section to be known as section 2, Ua SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That an Act entitled, “An Act to establish and maintain a system of free schools,” approved and in force June 12, 1909, as subsequently amended, be and the same is hereby amended, by amending section two hundred and seventy-four (2, 4) thereof, and adding a new section to be known as section 276a, which said section 274 as amended, and said new section 276a so added, shall read as follows: § 274. Every person having control of any child between the ages of seven and sixteen years shall annually cause such child to attend Some public school (or some private school in which the instruction in the elementary branches of education is in the English language) for the entire time during which the school attended is in session, which shall not be less than seven months of actual teaching: Provided, however, that this Act shall not apply in case the child has been or is being Instructed for a like period in each and every year in the elementary branches of education by a person or persons competent to give such Instruction, which instruction of the child in the elementary branches of education shall be in the English language; or in case the child's physical or mental condition renders his or her attendance impracticable Qo inexpedient; or in case the child is excused for temproary absence for cause by the principal or teacher of the school which the child attends; or in case the child is between the ages of fourteen and sixteen years and is necessarily and lawfully employed during the hours when the public school is in session. For every neglect of the duty prescribed by this section, the person so offending shall forfeit to the use of the public schools of the city, town, or district in which the child resides, a sum not less than five dollars nor more than twenty dollars and costs of suit, and shall stand committed until such fine and costs of suit are fully paid. § 276a. Because the English language is the common as well as official language of our country, and because it is essential to good citizenship that each citizen shall have or speedily acquire, as his natural tongue, the language in which the laws of the land, the decree of the courts, and the proclamations and pronouncements of its of ficials are made, and shall easily and naturally think in the language in which the obligations of his citizenship are defined, the instruction in the elementary branches of education in all schools in Illinois sha. be in the English language. “Provided, that this shall not apply to vacational schools where the pupils have already received the required instruction in English during the current school year.” APPROVED June 28, 1919.

LENGTH OF SCHOOL YEAR.

§ 1. Amends section 274, Act of 1909. 274. Length of tinne for attendance — when Act

does not apply—penalty.

(Housh, BILL No. 250. APPROVED JUNE 28, 1919. )

AN ACT to amend section 274 of an Act entitled, “An Act to establish and maintain a system of free schools”, approved and in force June 13, 1909, as amended.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That section 274 of an Act entitled, “An Act to establish and maintain a system of free schools,” approved and in force June 12, 1909, as amended, be and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

§ 274. Every person having control of any child between the ages of seven and sixteen years, shall annually cause such child to attend some public or private school for the entire time during which the school attended is in session, which shall not be fewer than seven months of actual teaching: Provided, however, that this Act shall not apply in case the child has been or is being instructed for a like period in each and every year in the elementary branches of education by a person or persons competent to give such instruction, or in case the child’s physical or mental condition renders his or her attendance inpracticable or inexpedient, or in case the child is excused for temporary absence for cause by the principal or teacher of the school which said child attends, or in case the child is between the ages of fourteen and sixteen years and is necessarily and lawfully employed during the hours in which the public school is in session: And, provided, further, in all districts where part time continuation schools are established all children in employment between fourteen and sixteen years of age shall attend such continuation schools for at least eight hours each week during the period such schools are in session. For every neglect of the duty prescribed by this section, the person so offending shall forfeit to the use of the public schools of the city, town or district in which such child resides a sum not less than five dollars nor more than twenty dollars and costs of suit, and shall stand committed until such fine and costs of suit are paid.

APPROVED June 28, 1919.

PART-TIME OR CONTINUATION.

# 1. Who may establish—when main- § 7. Compulsory attendance—penalty.

tained. - $ 8. Penalty for failure of employer § 2. Subjects. to permit minor to attend. s Who shall attend. § 9. School officials to enforce at

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School district entitled to reim

bursement. § 10. When Act does not apply.

# 6. State Board of Vocational Education to establish standards —rules and regulations—State inspection.

(House BILL No. 465. APPRoved JUNE 28, 1919.)

AN ACT for the establishment and maintenance of part-time or continuation schools and classes, providing for the control and management thereof and compulsory attendance of pupils, prescribing the courses of instruction therein, providing State aid therefor, and providing penalties for violations thereof. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That part-time or continuation schools or classes shall be established and maintained as hereinafter provided. The board of education or school directors of each city and of each school district in which there are twenty or more minors above the age of fourteen years and below the age of sixteen years who are not in regular attendance upon all-day schools, shall, and in other cities and school districts they may, beginning in September 1921 establish and maintain part-time or continuation schools or classes in which such minors shall receive instruction, and such schools or classes shall on and after September 1, 1922, be established and maintained in each city or school district in which there are twenty or more minors above the age of fourteen years and below the age of seventeen who are not in regular attendance upon all-day schools, and such schools or classes shall on and after September 1, 1923, be established and maintained in each city or school district in which there are twenty or more minors above the age of fourteen years and below the age of eighteen years who are not in regular attendance upon all day schools. Such schools or classes shall be under the control and management of the board of education or school directors, as the case may be, and shall be a part of the public school system of the city or district which maintains them. Such part-time or continuation schools or classes shall be maintained each year during the full period of time when the public schools of the city or district are in session. The sessions of such part-time or continuation schools or classes shall be on the regular business days, except that they shall not be held on Saturday afternoons. § 2. Such part-time or continuation schools or classes shall afford instruction in any one or in any combination or in all of the following subjects: (a) Those subjects usually taught in the public schools, so as to permit the students in the continuation school classes to continue their education from the point where they left it in order to go to work; (b) civic and vocational subjects; and (c) those subjects which supplement the daily occupations of the students.

*— o § 4. Every minor between the ages of fourteen and eighteen years who is regularly and lawfully employed in some occupation or service, unless such minor has completed a four year secondary course of instruction, shall attend part-time or continuation school or class, when and where such school or class has been established and is maintained for the instruction of minors of such minor age, in the city or district in which such minor resides or may be employed after such schoo. or class has been established therein. Such attendance shall be for Lot' less than eight hours per week for at least thirty-six weeks each year. The attendance upon a part-time or continuation school or class shall. be between the hours of eight o'clock in the forenoon and five o’clock in the afternoon on regular business days except Saturday afternoons. The time spent in a part-time or continuation school or class by a minor shall be reckoned as a part of the time or number of hours said minor is permitted by law to work. A minor employed, or kept at . home, in the service or assistance of any parent, guardian or person having the control or custody of such minor shall be considered as a minor lawfully and regularly employed in some occupation or service. § 5. Any school district which establishes part-time or continuation schools or classes as required under the provisions of this Act and in . accordance with the rules of the State Board for Vocational Education shall be entitled to reimbursement from available Federal and State funds to an amount not less than one-half of the salaries of all teachers of such part-time or continuation schools or classes, provided that if the amount of such Federal and State funds shall not be sufficient to reimburse in full the amounts so due such district for such purpose, the State Board of Vocational Education may prorate the sums available for such reimbursement among the part-time or continuation schools, departments, or classes entitled to such reimbursement. § 6. It shall be the duty of the State Board for Vocational Education to establish standards for the maintenance of such schools. It shall prescribe rules and regulations for the administration of this Act by the local school authorities, concerning plant, equipment, courses of study and teachers, and shall be authorized to expend State funds appropriated for the purpose of this Act in assisting the local school authorities to finance such education, and shall provide State inspection and supervision of the same. It shall require an annual report from each subdivision regarding its administration of this Act. § 7. Every parent, guardian or other person having the custody or control of a minor required under the provisions of this Act to attend a part-time or continuation school or class shall cause such minor to attend such school or class. A parent, guardian or other person who refuses or wilfully fails to comply with this provision of the law shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be subject to a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars and not more than one hundred dollars. § 8. Any person, firm or corporation employing a minor between the ages of fourteen and sixteen years required under the provisions of this Act to attend a part-time or continuation school or class shall

Permit such minor to attend such school or class whenever such school or class shall have been established in the city or school district where the minor resides or may be employed; and any such person, firm or corporation wilfully violating this provision shall for each such violation be subject to a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars and not more than two hundred dollars for each offense, at the discretion of the court. Any person, firm or corporation, employing any such minor who fails to attend part-time or continuation school or class as required herein, shall immediately discontinue the services of such minor upon receiving from the school authorities written notice of the failure of such minor to attend such part-time or continuation school or class, and any person, firm or corporation wilfully violating this provision shall be subject to a fine of fifty dollars for each offense.

§ 9. The school officials charged with the responsibility of enforcing the compulsory attendance ows of this State shall also be responsible for the enforcement of the attendance upon part-time or continuation schools or classes in accordance with the terms of this Act.

§ 10. Nothing in this Act contained shall be held, deemed or construed as having any application to children or minors who attend private or parochial schools or to children or minors who are receiving educational training or instruction in the homes of their parents or guardians either by said parents or guardians or by private tutors provided by said parents or guardians.

APPROVED June 28, 1919.

SALE OF COMMON SCHOOL LANDS.

§ 1. Amends section 224, Act of 1909. § 224. Petition for sale of— election for sale of.

(House, BILL No. 214. APPROVED JUNE 30, 1919.)

AN ACT to amend section two hundred and twenty-four (22%) of an Act entitled, “An Act to establish and maintain a system of free schools”, approved and in force June 10th, [12], 1909. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That section two hundred and twenty-four (224) of an Act entitled, “An Act to establish a system of free schools,” approved and in force June 12th, 1909, be and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows: § 224. When the inhabitants of any township shall desire the sale of the common school lands of such township, they shall present to the county superintendent of the county in which the school lands of the township, or the greater part thereof lie, a petition for their sale. Such petition shall be signed by at least two thirds of the voters of the township. The petition must be signed in the presence of at least two adult citizens of the township, after the true meaning and purpose thereof have been explained, and an affidavit must be affixed thereto by the two citizens witnessing the signing, which affidavit shall state the number of the inhabitants in the township twenty one years of age and over, and the petition so verified shall be delivered to the county superintendent for his action thereon. In townships having a population of

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