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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

SSR 2-9-12

Please read the following article and then respond to the three questions at the end.

FOR THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Friday February 3, 2012 3:33 AM

The Ohio General Assembly passed a law on Feb. 3, 1845, that cleared the way for the formation of the Columbus school district.
Schools had been a part of the community since about 1806, when Franklinton founder Lucas Sullivant built a log schoolhouse for the frontier village’s children.
The city’s schools were privately funded until the 1820s, when the first public schools were established. Those early public schools were hardscrabble affairs that initially used tax money to build schools but assessed parents to operate them.
The first Columbus Board of Education was organized in April 1845. It promptly deeded all school property to the town and, in return, asked the City Council for $700 to run the schools the following year.
The school board also was authorized by the 1845 law to levy a tax on parents if public funds were insufficient to cover expenses. In 1845, parents were assessed 25 cents per child for the year.
About 500 students attended those first school sessions. They were taught by women who were paid $10.50 a month and men who were paid $16.66 a month.
The first board also crafted these rules for elementary school students:
• No tobacco in any form is to be used in or about the school building.
• All vulgar and profane language is strictly forbidden.
• Every scholar is to be clean in person and clothing.
• No boy over 10 years of age is allowed to attend a school taught by a female teacher.
• Any scholar tardy more than 15 minutes is to be sent home for that half day, unless a good excuse is brought by the parent or guardian.
• School begins at 8:30 and closes at 5.
Suggestions for Mileposts that will run this bicentennial year can be sent to: Gerald Tebben, Box 82125, Columbus, OH 43202, or email


1. Why was the pay for men and women teachers different?
2. In 1845 the parents of students were charged 25 cents per child. How much money did this raise for the school?
3. How have the rules changed since 1845?


  1. 1. Men and women were not considered on the same level and didn't have the same rights back then. In my opinion not cool. I'm just as good as any guy.

    2. Around $125

    3. The only rules that have made a real change is what time school starts and ends, and then the rule about females teaching boys over 10. But I'd have to say schools are more loose with the rules about appearance and the cursing now days.

  2. 1)around that time period everyone felt men were over power then men.
    3)how the rules change since 1845 the rules became less up tight then they were.

  3. 1. The pay for men and women were diffrent because they did not have equal rights back then, they were treated very unfair.

    2. If every student was charged 25 cent per child, they would raise about 125 for the school, because 500 students attended the school.

    3.The rules has changed trumindlessly since 1845, because boys and girls at any age can be taught by any male or female teacher,if your late you can still attend school and not be sent home, school begins at 7:00, or 7:30 and ends at 2:30 instead of 5. Its alot better in my opion, but i just think some students lack in respect for their teacher now days.

  4. 1) The pay was different for men and women at the time because in the 1800's to the mid 1900's everyone thought that men were had more power then women did.

    2) $125.00

    3) A couple of the rules have changed but not many of them the one's that have changed are: any kid no matter what age can be taught by male or female, you can be more then 15 minutes late to school and still go for the day without being sent home, and the time of scholl changed to about 7-7:30 and goes to about 2:30 instead of 8-5.