The Development of the Public Schools of Denton County, Texas, 1900-1942

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The Development of the Public Schools of Denton County, Texas, 1900-1942

Description

A thesis on the history and development of Denton Public Schools written by Ruth Autry Oliver and published in May of 1943. The thesis was completed for the Department of Education at North Texas State Teachers College and compares white schools and colored schools.
Over the years the public school system has changed, similarly in 1900-1942, the Denton County Public School system drastically shifted and gave us an inside look at education during this time period. The study focused on both white and colored educational populations. Both common and independent schools are described in this thesis, as well as taxes, teacher salaries, ages of pupils enrolled, enrollment rates, and more. Oliver’s thesis references Robert Lee Proffer’s thesis as well, since their research is very similar. One difference, is that Oliver describes the law changes that led the education system to changes. For example, in 1868 there were no free schools in Denton County, but in 1846 Pilot Point was established. In over twenty years there was not significant change, but many laws in between were made to create a foundation for the future of education. Pupils attended school for three-months out of the year: July, August, and September. Only common branches were taught, and to go to school pupils paid $1.25 to $1.50 per month in tuition. Many pupils would ride approximately six miles to school, since by 1860 there were only eight schools in Denton County.

Date

1943-05
1900
1942

Source

Oliver, Ruth Autry. The Development of the Public Schools of Denton County, Texas, 1900-1942, thesis, 1943; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc75466/: accessed April 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .

Subject

Schools
Education
Denton
Thesis
University of North Texas
Denton County

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