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Record Group Number: 000402
Series/Collection Number: .S 84
Creator: Florida. Dept. of Public Instruction.
Title, Dates: Superintendent of Public Instruction C. Thurston Chase annual report draft, 1870.
Amount: 0.25 cubic ft.
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Biographical/Historical:     The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction was created by the 1868 Constitution.  In the 1885 Constitution, the Superintendent became an elected official.  The Superintendent headed the Dept. of Public Instruction (1869-1938) and the State Dept. of Education (1939-1968).  Under the 1968 Constitution, the name was changed to Commissioner of Education and the position became one of the elected Cabinet posts.  The Commissioner heads the Dept. of Education and serves as chief state school officer.
    C. Thurston Chase was the first Superintendent of Public Instruction appointed by the governor in 1869.  He served in this position until his death in 1870.
Summary:     This series contains a handwritten draft copy of Superintendent of Public Instruction, C. Thurston Chase's annual report for 1870. The draft gives a report of the activities of each educational facility in the state and includes activities within each county. It also contains:  a census of school-age youth; a statement of the condition of the educational funds; and a copy of Chase's letter to Governor Harrison Reed submitting the report.
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Subject Access Fields: Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Education Finance Florida
School census Florida
School management and organization Florida
Added Entries Chase, C. Thurston, 1819-1870