The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 37
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Educational Eforfts in San Fernando.
request a proportionate increase of salary from the State authori-
ties. The three teachers together were to form for the schools a
set of regulations which, when approved by the executive, should
be published. The course of instruction should consist of reading,
writing, arithmetic, the dogma of the Catholic religion, and all of
Ackerman's "Catechisms of Arts and Sciences."
Each ayuntamiento was required to ascertain what children
could not attend, through lack of means, and from this number
to select from one to five by lot, to be sent to school at the expense
of that body. If there was no fund for this purpose, they should
send at least one pupil by private subscription. The children of
those citizens of the department of Texas who contributed towards
establishing the existing school fund of San Fernando should be
admitted free, provided their parents continued to pay their agreed
quota. All citizens who could afford it should be obliged to send
their children to these establishments, and due penalties could be
inflicted on those who were obstinate in this particular.
The ayuntamiento of the capital of each department was to take
charge of the school fund, of which it should appoint the keeper.
This fund should be made up of the existing school funds of the
capital towns, all legacies for school purposes, all quotas assigned
from the branches of municipal revenue, and the product of the pay
pupils in each school. The parents of the latter should pay four-
teen dollars per annum for each pupil, until he learned to write,
when the pay should be eighteen dollars. The ayuntamiento was
to be punctual in the collection of these sums and exact in keeping
account of them. The proceeds of the fund were to be devoted to
the payment of the teacher's salary, rent for building, and the
making and repairing of the necessary furniture. The amount of
money paid out must be accompanied by the receipts of the teacher,
duly authenticated by the sindico-procurador and accompanied by
an order from the alcalde. If the school fund was temporarily
exhausted, the municipality could assist from its funds; if these
also were exhausted, requisition might be made on the state agents.
In either case, the money so advanced must be replaced as soon as
possible. Each pupil, on leaving the school, was to pay to the
ayuntamiento ten dollars, to be known as gratitude money, with
which a special fund was to be created to be used to reward the
teacher at the close of his contract. A formal account of these
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