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CHAPTER XXVII.-State Department of Education. 8602. State department of public instruc- 8614. Copies of papers. tion constituted.
615. Biennial report. 603. General duties of state superintend. 616. State board of education; memberent.
ship; term; expenses; compensa604. Oath and bond.
tion. 605. Salary.
617. Meetings and duties of board. 606. Assistant.
618. Secretary of state board of education. 607. Clerks and stenographers.
619. Accrediting of rural, graded, and 608. Apportionment of school fund.
high schools. 609. Draw orders.
620. Admission of graduates from ac610. Official opinions.
credited high schools to state in. 611. School laws and blanks.
stitutions. 612. Visitation and textbooks.
621. State supervisors of public schools. 613. Office in capitol.
SECTION 602. State Department of Public Instruction Constituted. The state superintendent of public instruction, the state board of education and the officers and assistants herein provided for shall constitute the state department of education. (Laws 1915, ch. 296, sec. 1.)
SEC. 603. General Duties of State Superintendent.  The educational interests of the state shall be under the supervision and management of the state superintendent of public instruction, subject to such limitations and restrictions as are or may be prescribed by law; and he shall have and exercise the powers and perform the duties prescribed in the acts relating to common schools. (Laws 1879, ch. 166, sec. 79.)
SEC. 604. Oath and Bond.  The state superintendent of public instruction shall, before he enters upon the duties of his office, take and subscribe the proper oath of office, and shall execute to the state of Kansas a bond in the sum of $10,000, with two or more sufficient sureties to be approved by the Executive Council, conditioned that he shall faithfully perform the duties of his said office, which oath and bond shall be filed in the office of the secretary of state. (Laws 1879, ch. 166, sec. 78.)
SEC. 605. Salary. On and after the second Monday in January, 1917, the salary of the state superintendent of public instruction shall be three thousand dollars per annum. (Laws 1915, ch. 296, sec. 2.)
SEC. 606. Assistant. The state superintendent of public instruction is hereby authorized to appoint an assistant, who shall be designated as assistant state superintendent of public instruction. Said assistant shall take the proper oath of office, which shall be filed in the office of the secretary of state; he shall act as the deputy of the state superintendent of public instruction and shall perform the duties, not inconsistent with law, which the state superintendent may require; and he shall receive a salary of two thousand dollars per annum. (Laws 1915, ch. 296, sec. 3.)
SEC. 607. Clerks and Stenographers. The state superintendent of public instruction may also appoint a chief clerk, who shall act as clerk of the board of commissioners for the management and investment of the school funds, and who shall perform such other duties as the superintendent may require, whose salary shall be twelve hundred dollars per annum; a statistical and filing clerk whose salary shall be ten hundred dollars per annum; and two stenographers each of whom shall receive a salary of nine hundred dollars per annum. (Laws 1915, ch. 296, sec. 4.)
SEC. 608. Apportionment of School Fund.  Such state superintendent shall distribute the income of the state school fund and the annual taxes collected by the state for the support of common schools to those counties of the state from which the proper reports have been received by said state superintendent. Such distribution shall be made twice in each year, as follows: All such moneys received up to the 15th of February shall be distributed between the 15th and last day of such month, and that received up to the 15th day of August shall be distributed between the 15th and last day of such month. The apportionment to each county shall be made in proportion to the number of children over the age of five years and under the age of twenty-one years, resident therein, as shown by the last annual report of the county superintendent to the state superintendent. (Laws 1879, ch. 166, sec. 81.)
SEC. 609. Draw Orders.  Such superintendent shall draw his order on the state treasurer in favor of the county treasurer of the counties respectively entitled to school moneys for the amount of such moneys apportioned to his county, and certify the amount of such order to the state treasurer and state auditor, and also to the county clerk and superintendent of the proper county. (Laws 1879, ch. 166, sec. 82.)
SEC. 610. Official Opinions.  Such superintendent shall, at the request of any county superintendent,151 give his opinion, upon a written statement of facts, on all questions and controversies arising out of the interpretation and construction of the school laws in regard to the rights, powers and duties of school-district boards, school officers, and county superintendents, and shall keep a record of all such decisions. Before giving any such opinion, the superintendent may submit the statement of facts to the attorney-general for his advice thereon, and it shall be the duty of the attorney-general forthwith to examine such statement, and suggest the proper
151. The state superintendent is required by law to render an opinion to the county superintendent. Such opinions should always be sought through the county superintendent.
decision to be made upon such facts. (Laws 1879, ch. 166, sec. 83.)
SEC. 611. School Laws and Blanks.  Such superintendent, not oftener than once in two years, may publish the school laws in force, with such forms, regulations, instructions and decisions as he may judge expedient thereto annexed, and shall cause the same to be forwarded to the persons entitled to receive them. He shall prescribe and cause to be prepared all forms and blanks necessary in the details of the commonschool system, so as to secure its uniform operation throughout the state; and shall cause the same to be forwarded to the several county superintendents, to be by them distributed to the several persons or officers entitled to receive the same. (Laws 1879, ch. 166, sec. 84.)
SEC. 612. Visitation and Textbooks.  It shall be the duty of such superintendent to visit each county of the state at least once in two years, and as much oftener as consistent with the discharge of his other duties, for the purpose of advancing and promoting the cause of education throughout the state. It shall be his duty to recommend the most approved textbooks for the common schools of the state, and to open such correspondence as may enable him to obtain all necessary information relating to the system of common schools in other states. (Laws 1879, ch. 166, sec. 85.)
SEC. 613. Office in the Capitol.  Such superintendent shall have an office in the capitol, where he shall keep all books and papers pertaining to the duties of his office; and all books, school and other, and all apparatus, maps and charts now belonging to the office of the state superintendent, and such as may hereafter be received for such office by purchase, exchange, or otherwise, shall be kept and preserved in such office, and delivered by the superintendent to his successor. He shall file and carefully preserve in his office the official reports made to him by the county superintendents of the several counties, trustees or directors of academies, graded schools, or colleges. (Laws 1879, ch. 166, sec. 86.)
SEC. 614. Copies of Papers.  Copies of all papers filed in his office, and the record of his official acts, may be certified by him, and when so certified shall be evidence equally and in like manner as the originals. (Laws 1879, ch. 166, sec. 87.)
SEC. 615. Biennial Report.  The superintendent shall, on the 1st day of December preceding each regular session of the legislature, make out and deliver to the governor a report containing: (1) A statement of the number of common schools in the state, the number of scholars attending the same, their sex, and the branches taught; a statement of the number of private or select schools in the state, so far as the
same can be ascertained, and the number of scholars attending the same, their sex, and the branches taught; a statement of the number of normal schools in the state, and the number of students attending them; the number of academies and colleges in the state, and the number of students, and their sex, attending them; and such other matters of interest as he may deem expedient, drawn from the reports of the county superintendents of the several counties in the state, and from other reports received on the subject of education from trustees or other school boards within the state. (2) A statement of the condition of the common-school fund of the state, including moneys, school-lands or other property held in trust by the state for the support of common schools, and giving a full statement of the school-land account of each county. (3) A statement of the receipts and expenditures for the year. (4) A statement of plans for the management and improvement of common schools, and such other information relating to the educational interests of the state as he may deem important. (Laws 1879, ch. 166, sec. 88.)
SEC. 616. State Board of Education; Membership; Term; Expenses; Compensation. The state board of education shall be composed of the the state superintendent of public instruction, who shall be ex-officio chairman, the chancellor of the State University, the president of the State Agricultural College, the president of the Kansas State Normal School, and three other persons to be appointed by the governor. Within ten days after this act takes effect the governor shall appoint three persons who shall serve as members of the board for terms which shall begin on the first Monday in April, 1915, and which shall expire respectively on the first Monday in April, 1916, the first Monday in April, 1917, and the first Monday in April, 1918; and thereafter the governor shall in the month of March in each year appoint one person who shall serve as a member of the board for a term of three years beginning with the first Monday in April, and until his successor is appointed and qualified. Each member of the state board of education shall receive all necessary and actual traveling expenses incurred in attending the meetings of the board and in the discharge of the duties required by law, and in addition thereto each appointed member shall receive as full compensation the sum of five dollars per day for each day's actual service in attending the meetings of the board, not exceeding ten days in any year. (Laws 1915, ch. 296, sec. 5.)
SEC. 617. Meetings and Duties of Board. The state board of education shall meet at such times and places as may be determined by them and at the call of the state superintendent of public instruction. The board shall prescribe courses of study for the public schools of the state, including the common or district schools, the graded schools, and the high schools; they
shall also prepare a course of study for the normal institutes ; and they shall revise the several courses of study when in their judgment such revision is desirable; they shall have authority to make rules and regulations relating to the observance of the prescribed courses of study; and they shall also issue state teacher's certificates under such regulations, not inconsistent with law, as the state board may determine. (Laws 1915, ch.". 296, sec. 6.)
SEC. 618. Secretary of State Board of Education. At a meeting called by the state superintendent of public instruction during the month of April, 1915, the state board of education shall elect a secretary, not a member of the board, who shall be an expert in education, a graduate of a four-year course of study of a university, college, normal school, or institution of like rank, and who shall have had not less than five years of experience in educational work as superintendent or supervisor. The secretary first elected under this act shall serve from the first day of July, 1915, until the first day of July, 1919; and thereafter the secretary of the board shall serve for a term of four years and until his successor is elected, unless removed by the board for cause; and the regular election of secretary shall be held during the month of April next preceding the date of the expiration of the term of office. The secretary of the state board of education shall be subject to the direction of the state superintendent of public instruction. He shall serve as inspector of colleges and universities accredited by the state board and shall have charge of all matters relating to state teachers' certificates, and shall perform such duties as may be required by the state board of education or the state superintendent of public instruction, and he shall receive a salary of two thousand four hundred dollars per annum. The state board of education may also employ a stenographer at a salary of nine hundred dollars per annum. (Laws 1915, ch. 296, sec. 7.)
SEC. 619. Accrediting of Rural, Graded, and High Schools. The state board of education shall have exclusive and sole authority to define official standards of excellence in all matters relating to the administration, course of study, and instruction in rural schools, graded schools, and high schools, and to accredit those schools in which the specified standards are maintained; and the board may grant to accredited schools an appropriate certificate or other evidence of approval. (Laws 1915, ch. 296, sec. 8.)
SEC. 620. Admission of Graduates from Accredited High Schools to State Institutions. Any person who shall complete a four-year course of study in any high school accredited by the state board of education shall be entitled to admission to the freshman class of the State University, the State Agricultural