Landmark Legislation

Timeline created by jasminecervantes
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    The creation of public schools

    They realized that teaching children to read and write at home and in church was not enough, which then, they decided to open The Boston Latin School in 1635. They also decided that they needed to hire a schoolmaster.
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    1647

    By 1647, it was said by "The General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony" that every town of 50 families should be able to have an elementary school and every town with 100 families should also have a Latin School.
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    1779

    Thomas Jefferson recommends offering a scholarship to the brightest students to attend The College of William and Mary.
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    1790

    The Pennsylvania State Constitution offers free public education but only for the poor because they expect the rich to pay for their own childrens schooling.
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    1805

    Rich businessmen formed, "The New York Public School Society." They wanted to make sure poor children got education. At this time, one teacher or "Master" called back then would teach hundreds of students in one room. They would give a lesson to the older students who would then pass it down to the younger students.
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    1817

    In 1817, a petition in being issued in the Boston Town meetings to have free public schools. Most supported it, except many wage earners because they did not want to have to pay taxes.
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    1820

    The first public school in the US is established.
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    1830

    Around the 1830's, some states have laws forbidding teaching people in slavery how to read.
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    1865

    African Americans get together because they want to bring public education for the first time in the South.
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    1932

    A survey is done with several school districts and it reveals that most schools are using a test to place students in different areas academically depending on their "intelligence."
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    Brown v Board of Education

    It all started with laws prohibiting African American children and white children from attending the same schools. A girl had to ride a bus across town to attend an all African American school which made her father and several other parents from her school file a suit against the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. They argued that it was unconstitutional to attend different schools and that it violated the Fourteenth Amendment. They went to court and they agreed that "separate is not equal."
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    Title IX

    Title IX was signed by Richard Nixon. This law prohibits sex discrimination in anything educational. It was made so women wouldn't be discriminated with obtaining scholarships or financial aid etc. Ever since Title IX was made, women's dropout rates have decreased.
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    Plyler v Doe

    According to revised laws, the Texas Legislation denied enrollment to public schools to those children who weren't "legally" admitted into the country. The court agreed that the Texas Legislation violated the Equal Protection of the Fourteenth Amendment. The court argued that providing these children with the Education needed might benefit us all economically.
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    1994

    In California, proposition 187 is passed. Which means that it would be illegal for children of undocumented immigrants to attend school
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    1998

    A millionaire named, "Ron Unz" tries to ban bilingual education in the June 1998 ballot.