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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 13, 1920

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Dec. 13, 1920

PART TIME SCHOOL IS INAUGURATED IN ASHLAND TODAY

Ashland, Dec. 13. — An educational innovation begins here today, known as the “Part-Time School.” This new departure was outlined sometime ago, but the beginning of a definite term was not fixed until recently. Its specific purpose is to accommodate such pupils, between the ages of 16 and 18, as have not yet completed the eighth grade, in securing educational advantages on a part time basis, the hours being from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day.

Neither is attendance upon the recitations dependent upon the caprice of the student, for the rule is compulsory. This new feature is not instituted by the local school board except insofar as following the law’s enactment, the statute being exacting in its requirements. No person who is under 16 years of age may attend the part-time school, but all those who are under 18, not yet having finished the eighth grade as evidenced by the requisite educational certificate, have got to attend. In fact the term “must” expresses the regulation to be complied with. Where the hours from 9 to 12 conflict with any pupil’s employment, the employer shall allow pay during school hours just the same as though the individual was at work. This is certainly compulsory education literally exemplified.

The intent, however, is to maintain the educational standard, and reduce to a minimum the number of pupils who through lack of application or other reasons fail to meet the required pace as to grade advancement.

This new school feature is being adopted in various districts and many will watch with interest the results which follow its installation here.

Classes will meet in rooms at the high school, the hours being from 9 to 12, a schedule repeated as an additional reminder. The school will be under the direction of Artie C. Crews, former Ashland boy and well known instructor, whose assignment for sometime past has been with the schools at Pendleton.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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