2017: Education



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The Kentucky Negro Educational Association was originally formed in 1877 under the name Colored Teachers State Association. It became KNEA in 1913. This issue of the journal contains the following articles:

  • Marie Spratt Brown, Ex-president of the KNEA
  • Editorial Comment
  • Our State Superintendent
  • KNEA Convention Announcement
  • Honor Roll for 1935-36
  • World Goodwill Day
  • KNEA Kullings
  • Brown, M.S. The KNEA
  • Tentative Outline of the 1936 KNEA Program
  • Dillard, J.H. Four Commandments
  • Program for the Progress of the Negro in Kentucky
  • Kentucky Schools Today
  • KNEA Directors Meet in Louisville
  • Merriweather, C.W. A Master Workman, Poem
  • Advice for Parents
  • School Improvement Day Program
  • Guest, Edgar. A Prayer
  • Rosenwald Acrostic
  • A Playlet - School Improvement & Beautification
  • Broadcast & Television
  • Letters from Jeanes Teachers
  • The Story of Julius Rosenwald
  • Lest We Forget Rosenwald - The Bridge Building

Kentucky Schools Today

Before the School Code 1933-34

  • school per capita $6.00
  • parents required to buy all textbooks
  • no accurate school census
  • attendance from 1934-35 increased by 16,092 from 1933-34
  • 30+ counties in which schools operated for only six months
  • no adequate attendance law
  • only an ineffective ex-officio Board of Education

After the School Code 1934-35

  • school per capita $11.60
  • state supplied books for children in first four grades
  • first steps taken for accurate census
  • census for 1934-35 showed increase of 41,460 students
  • no school in Kentucky operated for less than seven months
  • under new attendance law, average daily attendance increased 18,012
  • a real functioning state Board of Education

The items previously enumerated have taken us only part way up the ladder of progress - new rungs will have to be supplied.

  1. There are yet thousands of teachers in Kentucky who receive only $420 for a year's work.
  2. There are thousands of children who go to school in unsatisfactory and poorly equipped buildings.
  3. There are thousands of schools that have no libraries.
  4. There are thousands of schools without adequate supervision.
  5. There are thousands of schools with no suitable recreational facilities.
  6. There are thousands of fine teachers who have reached the period of life when they can no longer be effective, and no provision has been made by the state to compensate them for a life of sacrifice.
  7. Education is still handicapped by politics and will be so long as the state superintendent has to be elected on a political ticket.


African Americans, Blacks, Kentucky


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