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SCHOOL LAW OF OHIO
PREPARED BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE
THE USE AND GOVERNMENT
SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE,
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July, 1853. To School Officers:
GENTLEMEN :-In compliance with the joint resolution of the General Assembly, passed March 14th, A. D. 1853, I have prepared forms to accompany the school law herewith published, with as much care as my official duties would allow. It is believed that they embrace all the topics contemplated, without transcending the limits prescribed by the resolution.
It is hoped they will aid school officers in the discharge of their duties under the law, and contribute to render them less intricate and difficult to be performed.
Side notes have been prepared with great care; and a copious index, both to the law and to the forms.
It will be observed that the accompanying act repeals the law, transferring the duties of Superintendent of common schools to the Secretary of State. No provision having been made for the discharge of duties, heretofore devolving upon the School Department, previous to the election of a School Commissioner in October next, I am in the daily receipt of letters from all parts of the State, making inquiries in regard to such points of the law, as appear ambiguous or difficult to comprehend.
In many instances these complaints of ambiguity are well founded, owing doubtless to the magnitude of the subject, and the necessarily complicated nature of the system embraced by the law; but in a large majority of cases the difficulties are imaginary, resulting from an indisposition on the part of those charged with its execution to examine, and study the law in all its parts.
In conclusion, beg to remark to all those who may be charged with the execution of the law, that all the forms that can be prepared, or explanations that can be made, will not obviate the necessity of closely studying its provisions as a whole and in detail. Very respectfully,
Your ob't servant,
Secretary of State.