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Harvey, Lorenzo Dow, 1848-1922 / Report of the commissioner appointed by the legislature in 1899 to investigate and report upon the methods of proceedure in this and other states and countries in giving instruction in manual training and in the theory and art of agriculture in the public schools
(1901)

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      TI  State Sa_1tendent should be Required by Law to Have
                         Educatiomal Quilfications.
  The amendment gives the legislature the power to fix the qualifications
of the
state superintendent. He is not now required to hold even a third grade cer-
tificate. At the present time he is required by law to issue all certificates
to
high school teachers, and to county superintendents. County superintendents
are required by law to have an- educational qualification to be eligible
to the
office, while the state superintendent may be a man who could not. quality
either as a high school teacher or as a county superintendent.
The Legislature Shou'd Have Power to Fix the Powers, Duties, and Compen-
  saU.. of This Officer, as in the Case of All Other Administrative Officers.
  The amendment gives the legislature the power to determine and fix the
powers, duties, and compensation of this officer, as is done in the case
of the
other administrative officers of the state government, the Secretary of State,
State Treasurer, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, and Railroad
Commissioner.
         Should Enter Upon his Duties at Opening of School Year.
  The amendment provides that the state superintendent shall enter upon the
duties of his office at the opening of the school year. At the present time
he
comes into office at the same time the legislature convenes, with no experience
in the administration of the school laws, and as may well happen with
little or no knowledge of the laws in existence, or any definite ideas as
to needed
changes in the laws. He thus finds himself unable to give information and
ad-
vice to members of the legislature who may seek such information or advice
as
to legislative matters pertaining to education.
Term of Office and Mode of Selecting Other Officers of Public Instruction
  Should be Controlled by the Legislature as In the Case of Other Officers.
  The amendment also provides that the term of office, time and manner of
electing or appointing all other officers of supervision of public instruction
shall
be fixed by law, which is exactly what is done in the case of all other offices,
state or local, which are not constitutional offices.
  The representatives of the people in the legislature may safely be trusted
to
perform the duties devolving upon them by this amendment, and in the inter-
ests of the people whom they represent.
This circular is sent out in order to call the attention of the people to
this im-
portant amendment, and to inform them fully of its provisions. It is in no
sense
a political measure. Of the one hundred and thirty-three members of the leg-
islature, but two voted against it in 1899, and in 1901 but three voted against
it. A favorable vote upon the amendment is of the most vital importance to
the educational interests of the state.
                                               L. D. HARVEY,
                                                      State Superinted"
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