Excerpt from Report of the Michigan State Commission on Industrial and Agricultural Education, 1910: To the Governor, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Commissioner of Labor
At the annual meeting of the City Superintendents' Association, held in Lansing, April 21, 1909, a resolution was adopted urging the legislature, then in session, to provide for the appointment of a commission whose duty it should be to investigate the subjects of industrial and agricultural education in the state and make a report to the governor and the legislature, with recommendations for statutes which would improve existing conditions. The resolution above referred to was duly presented to the governor and the members of the legislature, and on April 27, 1909, Senator Taylor introduced senate bill No. 310, which was enacted into law as Act No. 228 of the Public Acts of 1909, which is as follows:
To provide for a State commission on industrial education, including elementary training in agriculture.
The People of the State of Michigan enact:
Section 1. The Governor of the State of Michigan, by and with the consent of the Senate, is hereby empowered to appoint a commission of not less than five nor more than seven members. to be known as the Michigan Commission on Industrial and Agricultural Education.
Section 2. This commission, immediately after appointment, shall organize by choosing from its own membership a chairman and a secretary.
Section 3. It shall be the duty of this commission to make a careful study of the conditions of elementary, industrial and agricultural education, whether under public school or other auspices, including the study of conditions of labor as they affect children between the ages of fourteen and eighteen; and it shall further be the duty of this commission to present a report showing these conditions, with recommendations for such a plan of elementary, industrial and agricultural training in connection with the public schools of the state as shall, in their judgment, best meet the conditions shown to exist; this report to be rendered in triplicate to the Governor, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Commissioner of Labor, on or before January one, nineteen hundred eleven.
Section 4. The members of this commission shall serve without pay, and the commission shall maintain its organization until July one, nineteen hundred eleven, when said commission shall expire by limitation, unless renewed by subsequent act of the Legislature."
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