Wisconsin History Day By Day

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A Brief History of Education in Wisconsin

The Founding of Public Education in Wisconsin

Common School Movement

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"The Wisconsin Story" Chapter 29 by H. Russell Austin


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Interesting Fact:

Today in Wisconsin there are 426 public school districts.

Study Questions:

  • How do you imagine the early Wisconsin school buildings looked. How many classrooms did they probably have?
  • Did all of the early schools use the English language?
  • How many months was school in session? Did it vary around the territory?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on March 7:

    1876: Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for the telephone.
    1965: In Selma, Alabama, a civil rights march is broken up by state troopers.

  • March 7

    March 7, 1839: The first public schools were authorized by a legislative act which required towns of ten families or more to set up "common" schools.

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