The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 38
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funds was to be rendered at the end of each fiscal year. In order
to put this law into effect as soon as possible the executive was
empowered to use two thousand dollars from the State revenues,
for the purchase of the furniture, books, etc., necessary to carry out
In view of the limited educational exhibit so far made, the above
law seems very comprehensive, indeed. The sympathies and aims
of the authorities all appear to have been in the right direction,
but in means for the accomplishment of the same, they were wholly
deficient. Hardly a single provision of the above law was ever
carried out as originally planned.
The following year an attempt was made to put into force a
modification of the above plan. Until the Lancasterian schools
could be established, six primary schools were to be set up in the
three departments of the State, in places where they were most
needed. The teachers were to receive an annual salary of five hun-
dred pesos, while the gratitude money of the pupils was to be
reduced to six pesos. The ayuntamientos were to perform the
duties prescribed by the other decree. Yearly samples of the work
of the pupils were to be sent to the executive, to be reported to
The regulations of the new decree were carried out no better than
those of the former, but that did not deter the State congress from
passing additional laws upon the same subject. By the terms of
a new decree the executive was ordered to make three silver medals,
to be paid for out of municipal or State funds, and these were to
be worn by pupils on the days of public visits to the schools, as
"rewards of virtue and application." The ayuntamientos should
distribute these tokens in the schools under their direction, in
accordance with the judgment of the teacher. The executive was
also to obtain from the funds of the State a sufficient number of
Fleuris's Castilian Grammar, Orthography, and Catechism, to be
distributed among the pupils, also as rewards of "virtue and appli-
cation.2 If any of the above rewards ever reached San Fernando
de Bexar, the records do not now indicate the fact. The above laws
are interesting, however, in that they reveal the ideas of the State
'Decree No. 129, April 13, 1830. Gammel, Laws of Texas, I 258.
"Decree No. 144, April 30, 1830. Gammel, Laws of Texas, I 157.
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