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[Con. School Law, tit. XVI, § 3, as added by L. 1894, chap. 671, and as amended by L. 1896, ch. 606, rewritten and changed as follows:

1. We reduce the age at which a child becomes subject to the compulsory education law from eight to seven years, and increase the age at which they must attend school on each school day in which a school is in session from twelve to fourteen years, thus making an absolute period of seven years' instruction. We omit from this section the present law that between twelve and fourteen years a child must attend school on eighty regular consecutive school days when not regularly and lawfully engaged in some useful employment or service.

2. Under the present law the time which a child must attend school on every school day is only four years, namely, between eight and twelve years. Between twelve and fourteen they must attend at least eighty days in each year, thus making altogether a period of five school years.]

(Page 114, $ 3.)

§ 232. Duty of parent.—Each parent shall cause such child to

so attend on instruction as herein required, or shall present to

the school authorities proof by afidavit that he is unable to compel

such attendance. A violation of this section is a misdemeanor,

punishable for the first offense by a fine not exceeding five dollars,

and for each subsequent offense by a fine not exceeding fifty dol

lars, or by imprisonment not exceeding thirty days or both such

fine and imprisonment. In cities of the first class, police magis

trates shall have jurisdiction of all violations under this article.

[Con. School Law, tit. XVI, $ 4, as added by L. 1894, chap. 671, and as amended by L. 1896, chap. 606, rewritten without intended change, except that the last sentence of the section is new, and also by the omission of the provision contained in present $ 4 conferring jurisdiction on courts of special sessions, which is sufficiently provided for by $ 56, sub. 37, of the Code of Criminal Procedure.]

(Page 115, § 4.)

$ 233. State truant schools.—The state superintendent may:

1. Acquire by purchase or condemnation, or may hire, real prop

erty, and erect buildings for the establishment of a state truant

school. The title to real property so acquired must be taken in the

name of the state, and approved by the attorney-general.

2. Maintain such school and furnish and equip it with necessary

apparatus and appliances.

3. Employ teachers and needed assistants therefor and pre

scribe and regulate the course of instruction and discipline

therein.

A state truant school may be established for each judicial dis

trict, or for two or more districts, as the superintendent may deter

mine. If a state school is established, the superintendent may

direct the discontinuance of any local truant school, and thereafter

children who might otherwise be sent to such school, shall be sent

to a state school.

[New.]

§ 234. Local truant schools.—The school authorities may estab

lish a school or set apart a separate room in a public school build

ing for habitual truants, or for children who are insubordinate or

disorderly during their attendance at school. Such a school or

room is known as a truant school, and the authorities may provide

for the confinement, maintenance and instruction of such truants

or children therein.

[Con. School Law, tit. XVI, part of $ 9, as added by L. 1894, chap. 671, and as amended by L. 1896, chap. 606, rewritten without intended change.]

(Page 117, § 9.)

§ 235. Joint truant schools.—The authorities of two or more dis

tricts may unite in establishing and maintaining a joint truant

school. Each district so uniting shall bear its proportion of the

expense.

[New.]

§ 236. Contracts with truant school.--The school authorities

of a city or district which has no truant school may contract

with another city or district which has such a school, or with a

private school, orphans' home or other similar institution, for

the confinement, maintenance and instruction therein of children

who may be lawfully committed to a truant school under this

article. A school which is the subject of such a contract there

upon becomes the truant school of the city or district where such

children reside.

A contract shall not be made under this section with a private

school, orphans' home, or other similar institution, unless the

course of study therein includes the subjects required by this

chapter to be taught in a public school, and is otherwise approved

by the state superintendent.

[Con. School Law, tit. XVI, part of $ 9, as added by L. 1894, chap. 671, and as amended by L. 1896, chap. 606, rewritten without intended change. The last two sentences of the section are new.]

(Page 117, $ 9.)

§ 237. Truant districts.- Each school commissioner shall di.

vide his district into convenient truant districts to be composed

of one or more school districts. A duplicate of such order shall be filed with the clerk of each school district affected thereby.

A city, village or district which employs a superintendent of

schools cannot be included in such a truant district. A commis

sioner may at any time modify an order made under this section,

and establish new truant districts. All orders creating truant

districts shall, so far as practicable, be made during the month

of July.

[New.]

§ 238. Appointment of truant officers.--The school authorities

of the districts composing a truant district may within twenty

days after the filing of the order of the commissioner, by a written

instrument under the hands of the authorities representing a

majority of such districts, appoint a truant officer for such dis

trict. Such appointment shall be made in duplicate, one of which

shall be delivered to the commissioner, and the other filed in the

office of the county clerk. If such appointment is not made

within the time herein limited, the commissioner shall appoint a

truant officer and file the appointment in the office of the county

clerk. The county clerk on the filing of an appointment of a

truant officer shall immediately transmit a certified copy to the

state superintendent. The expense thereof is a county charge.

[New.]

$ 239. Truant officers in certain cities and villages.—The school

authorities of each city, village or district which has a superin

tendent of school, shall annually in the month of August appoint,

and may at pleasure remove, an officer to be known as truant officer. If a city is divided into districts ; for school purposes, a

truant officer may be appointed for each district.

If a truant officer is not appointed during the time herein pre

scribed, the state superintendent shall make such appointment.

An appointment must be in writing and filed with the secretary or

clerk of the board of education.

[Con. School Law, tit. XVI, § 7, as added by L. 1894, chap. 671, and as amended by L. 1896, chap. 606, rewritten and changed so that it is made the duty of the school authorities in a city, village or district which has a superintendent of schools to appoint during the month of August in each year a truant officer. The remainder of & 7 is included in § 238 of the revision.]

(Page 116, $ 7.)

$ 240. Term of office.-A truant officer shall hold his office

during the current school year, unless removed, and until his

successor is appointed. A commissioner may remove a truant

officer at any time and appoint a successor.

[New.]

§ 241. Authority of truant officer--A truant officer, for the pur

pose of enforcing the provisions of this chapter, may enter any

building where a child is employed.

[New.]

§ 242. Arrest of truants. A truant may be arrested by a

truant officer without warrant. Such truant on his first arrest

shall be delivered either to his parent, or to the teacher of the

school from which he is a truant.

[Con. School Law, tit. XVI, § 8, as added by L. 1894, chap. 671, and as amended by L. 1896, chap. 606, rewritten without intended change. For definition of truant see $ 230 of revision.]

(Page 117, S 8.)

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